Research infrastructure offered in 2023 autumn call

SIOS offers funded access to research infrastructure owned by our members in and around Svalbard. The infrastructure available in this call is described below.

It is MANDATORY that applicants make contact with the access provider (contact details below) to discuss the requirements of their project before submitting their application. In addition, questions may also be directed to the SIOS Observing Network Infrastructure Officer

When contacting the access provider, please include, as a minimum, the following information:

  • Your name and affiliation.
  • The number of people in your group.
  • Details of your planned fieldwork (dates, location, type of environment, type of work). Please be as specific as possible.
  • The needs of your project, in terms of access, logistical support, equipment, data, other support from staff at the facility.
  • The level of experience and needs for safety training for the members of the group.


One room for 4 persons (including meals) is available to SIOS projects at the Stanisław Siedlecki Polish Polar Station throughout the year. The station is run by the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

See here (pdf), the station website and the entry in European Polar Infrastructure Database for more details about the station. 

Contact person: Station Manager - Włodzimierz Sielski (

Photo: Christiane Hübner

Hopen and Bear Island

One person can be accommodated at Hopen, and 2 people at Bear Island, for 1-2 weeks. Please write to Thomas Olsen (contact details below) before applying, to check available dates.

The person(s) have to arrange and pay for transport themselves (but the Norwegian Meteorological Institute can give relevant information/guidance). Travel funding of up to 15 000 NOK is available from SIOS. It is not possible to offer a separate office or a lab, but there is space for equipment of reasonable size. 

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute facilitates external institutions' needs for research related equipment and support on the islands. Cost recovery for electricity, Internet connection, accommodation and man-hours for practical support is agreed for each case.

More details about Hopen: and Bear Island: See also entry in European Polar Infrastructure Database for Hopen and Bear Island

Contact person: Thomas Olsen (

Photo: John-Tore Rudborg, MET

Ny-Ålesund Research Station

Ny-Ålesund is a unique station for Arctic research and monitoring of environmental change. Access to facilitities in Ny-Ålesund is offered by the Alfred Wegener Institute, the National Research Council of Italy and the Norwegian Polar Institute. Access to the Zeppelin Observatory is managed jointly by the Norwegian Polar Institute, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research and Stockholm University. You can find information about the research station as a whole in the Researchers Guide to Ny-Ålesund.

Facilities offering access in Ny-Ålesund:

Photo: Christiane Hübner

Airborne remote sensing platforms

SIOS, in cooperation with NORCE, is pleased to offer access to airborne remote sensing platforms (aircraft and drones) for research purposes. The technical and operational details of the available airborne platforms are available from the contact person, Rune Storvold.

Contact person: Rune Storvold (

Photo: Rune Storvold

Ocean Glider

The University of Bergen offers access to an ocean glider (1000-m rated) for limited missions that can be supported within the access call budget. The ocean glider is coordinated and operated by the Norwegian National Facility for Ocean Gliders (NorGliders at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. The operation area of the glider is the ocean area west of Spitsbergen and Isfjorden, and must be in open waters at safe distance from sea ice. The user is expected to facilitate deployment and recovery opportunities for the mission.  
Contact person: Ilker Fer (