Media organisations planning to visit Ny-Ålesund must do so as an approved guest of one of the institutions with a national coordination responsibility and a physical presence in Ny-Ålesund. This means that e.g. German media organisations should approach AWI to have their plans assessed and approved, Japanese media organisations should approach NIPR, etc. Contact information for each institution is given in the Researchers’ Guide part I.

The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) is the overall host at Ny-Ålesund Research Station. In addition to being contact point for Norwegian media organisations, NPI will also be the point of contact for media organisations from countries without a physical presence in Ny-Ålesund. 

Request to NPI should be sent to 

All media actors should complete the request for media visit form (doc) and include it when contacting their host institution.

Plans for the visit must be approved before transportation to/from Ny-Ålesund or accommodation in Ny-Ålesund can be booked. 

Ny-Ålesund, being located at 79°N is both easily accessible and remote. Easily accessible in the sense that it is relatively easy to travel to Ny-Ålesund, but remote in the sense that any visit to Ny-Ålesund requires thorough planning. As part of the planning process you should familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations governing what type of activity you can carry out in Ny-Ålesund, what permits you must obtain prior to arrival etc.

To protect the vulnerable natural environment and the research sites in and around Ny-Ålesund, regional and local restrictions apply. (For instance, there are nature reserves and bird sanctuaries in the area – both given special protection – as well as a number of scientific instruments.) Please see details, maps etc. regarding which areas to avoid in the Researchers’ Guide.

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