Tarfala Research Station (TRS) is a field-infrastructure run by Stockholm University providing long-term monitoring and support for research and education in an arctic, alpine environment in northern Sweden. The station is located c. 100 km west of Kiruna in the alpine Kebnekaise Mountains. The monitoring program of TRS is world famous for keeping long-term records of changes in the cryosphere. The monitoring program includes measurements of glacier mass-balance, surface water hydrology, permafrost and vegetation. Measurements of weather and snow conditions in reindeer grazing core areas has been developed in collaboration with the local indigenous Sámi population.

Follow these links for more information about the Tarfala Research Station, the SITES project, and INTERACT network project


Below you will find detailed information about the participation fee, program, travel options, and accommodation arrangements.

Notes of participation & registrations:

  • With only 25 places available, bookings are handled on a first come first serve basis.
  • With a limited number of places, only one person per organisation can attend the excursion. In case there are places available after the July 28 deadline, there may be an opportunity to apply for an additional person from an organisation.
  • Places will only be secured after the excursion fee has been paid in full. Note: the minimum number of participants has been reached, so the excursion will take place.
  • Seats on flights to/from Kiruna are limited and can go fast, so we encourage participants book flights before registering.
  • The registration selection option for this excursion is made when filling in the registration form for the Council meeting.


Preliminary Program - Excursion highlights

Day 1 - Saturday 14-September

  • Travel from Stockholm to Kiruna (e.g. SAS airlines flight at 08:35, arrival in Kiruna at 10:05) or (night train leaving the day before Sept-13, which takes about 15 hours).
  • Taxi from Kiruna airport to the Swedish Sámi village of Nikkaluokta in Norrbotten County (ca. 70 km).
  • Lunch in Nikkaluokta and meeting with Sámi reindeer herding community representatives.
  • Helicopter transport from Nikkaluokta to Tarfala.
  • Welcome and introduction to Tarfala Research Station by the station director.
  • Dinner

Day 2 - Sunday 15-September

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion to Storglaciären (one of the best monitored glaciers in the world)
  • Lunch in the field
  • Presentations of research and monitoring in Arctic Sweden
  • Sauna
  • Dinner

Day 3 - Monday 16-September

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion into the Tarfala valley
  • Lunch in the field
  • Time for walks
  • Sauna
  • Dinner

Day 4 - Tuesday 17-September

  • Breakfast
  • Helicopter transport from Tarfala to Nikkaluokta
  • Taxi from Nikkaluokta to Kiruna
  • Flight back to Stockholm (e.g. SAS airlines departure 13:40, arrival in Stockholm 15:10)


Participant Fee / Costs

The fee to participate in the optional Tarfala Excursion is 575 €, and the fee includes:

  • Taxi transportation to/from Kiruna and Nikkaluokta
  • Helicopter transportation to/from Nikkaluokta to Tarfala
  • Accommodation and meals for three days at Tarfala station (sleeping quarters are shared bedroom, with two or four beds).

The excursion registration fee needs to be paid in full along with the Council meeting registration fee.

Note: Arrangements for travel between Stockholm and Kiruna, and some meals not included in the program are the responsibility of each participant.

Transportation options between Stockholm and Kiruna are:

  • Flights by SAS or Norwegian airlines are approx. 1.500 SEK (round trip)
  • Night train from Stockholm to Kiruna (15 hour journey) is approx. 1.000 SEK (one way).


Cancellation / Refund policy:

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing via e-mail to secretariat@uarctic.org 

Cancellation requests by telephone will not be accepted.

Cancellations received before Friday August 30, 2019 the paid excursion registration fee will be refunded (minus a handling fee of EUR 50.00). No refunds will be given for cancellations made on or after this date.

Please contact us if you need assistance or have questions about your registration / secretariat@uarctic.org


What to Bring & Not to Bring:

Participants should bring to the excursion:

  • Hiking boots (the program demands walking and a fair amount of physical effort, if weather prevents helicopters from arriving to pick-up participants, they need to be able to walk and carry their luggage for some kilometres)
  • Wind  & water proof jacket and trousers
  • Wool or fleece top, and long-johns
  • Hat, gloves, and sun-glasses
  • A ruck-sac / backpack (to carry own belongings)

Participants do not need to bring:

  • Bed linen or towels