The Norwegian Polar Institute produces and maintains several online and printed maps of Svalbard and Ny-Ålesund that can be used when planning and conducting field work in Ny-Ålesund.

Topo Svalbard is a topographical map of Svalbard with place names, updated glacial fronts from satellite imaging and overview of nature conservation areas.

Svalbardkartet is an interactive themed atlas of Svalbard supplemented with a rich dataset of environmental data layered on top of a detailed topographic base-map. Svalbardkartet also provides information about instruments, installations and field sites in Ny-Ålesund in the layer Ny-Ålesund Research Objects (Ny-Ålesund GIS, see below). All information in Svalbardkartet is open to all.

NPI also has offline maps of Svalbard  (including an offline geological map of Svalbard) that works on mobile, tablet and PC.

This animation takes you from Europe to Svalbard, past Kvadhuken and in Kongsfjorden towards Ny-Ålesund with a swing over the Zeppelin Mountain.

Animation by Harald Faste Aas (NPI)

Mapillary, a platform for street-level imagery and map data, has been in Ny-Ålesund and created street-level data from the research station. The software can be used free of charge, and a logged in user gets access to street views from Ny-Ålesund.

Ny-Ålesund GIS system

Ny-Ålesund has its own GIS system containing information about research instruments, installations and field sites in and around Ny-Ålesund. Currently, the database contains more than 500 objects and the research community in Ny-Ålesund is working on including more historical data into the database as well as adding the current instruments, installations and field sites that are not already included.

Information about the research objects are available as a separate layer in Svalbardkartet.

Tips and tricks on how to use the tool can be found in the GiS manual (PDF) 

Adding or modifying information about the research objects in Svalbardkartet must be done through the specific user-interface for Ny-Ålesund GIS. The interface part of the system requires a log-in, and each NySMAC member has an account.

Web cameras

There are several webcams in operation in Ny-Ålesund:

INTERACT Handbooks

The EU project INTERACT has published several handbooks that are highly relevant for researchers in the Arctic. These two might be of particular interest:

Drone images and products


Global Open Access Portal for Research Data and Publications

Open Polar is a joint project between the University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian Polar Institute. The service provides quick access to open publications and research data by providing links to full text for each record. Using different technics for automatic extraction of metadata from different sources of polar research results, Open Polar creates a collection of metadata of openly available research data and research publications. Search results can be shown as a list, as a timeline or as a map view.

To search for any term directly in Open Polar, please enter your search term, and klick on the button labelled “Search Open Polar”.

To go directly to a predefined search for “Ny-Ålesund”, please klick on the button labelled “Ny-Ålesund.

Open Polar

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