Abisko Scientific Research Station (Abisko)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Research organisation
Vetenskapens väg 38, Abisko Scientific Research Station, Abisko, PO: 98107 (Sweden)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1912
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
Abisko Scientific Research Station is a unique, modern and comprehensive infrastructure situated about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. It has international-standard facilities that support a range of research from observation and monitoring to high-tech experimentation within terrestrial and freshwater environments. The surroundings are characterised by a high variability of topography, geology and climate. The oldest house at the station was built in 1912, and meteorological monitoring and natural science research started in 1913. The station now holds a unique environmental record that extends 100 years back in time, as well as a vast portfolio of research activities totalling some 3,000 scientific publications. The station’s long-term records consist of many environmental variables such as climate, snow depth, ice thickness and ice duration on Torneträsk. The monitoring also includes hydrology, water chemistry, flora and fauna, as well as phenology, geomagnetism and atmospheric carbon isotope composition. The studies today range from terrestrial ecology and limnology, via climate change and earth sciences, to space physics.

RI Keywords
Plant-herbivore interactions, Climate change, Ecosystem science, Long-term data series, Permafrost, Arctic
RI Category
Environmental Management Infrastructures
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Access to Facilites for Observation, Monitoring and High-Tech Experimentation within Terrestrial and Freshwater Environments

Abisko Scientific Research Station provides: Chemistry, wet, dry, and earth sciences laboratories; Refrigeration and freezer storage rooms; Green house; Experimental gardens; Extensive field site areas - permafrost areas, mires, moors, birch forests, mountains, and lakes of various sizes; Boat for work on the Lake Torneträsk; Accommodation for up to 90 people. Field huts.

Offices and work space

On the upper floor of the B building, there are four smaller work/meeting rooms. You are welcome to use these for office work if they are not booked for conferences etc. Wi-Fi is available in the B building. On the first and ground floors of the A building there are offices that can be assigned to research projects. The use of these offices will be planned on a season-by-season basis by the station management. If you need a private office, you should make sure that you include this in your application.


On the first floor of the A building, there are chemistry, microscopy and plant labs that are used as shared labs, as are the two geology labs on the ground floor: they are free to use by anyone staying at the research station. However, for co-ordination purposes, you must inform us of such needs beforehand. Once at the station, you should also use the booking lists on the laboratory entrance doors when you want to work there. On the ground floor of the A building there are a few labs that can be assigned to research projects. The use of these labs will be planned on a season-by-season basis by the station management. If you need private lab space, you should make sure that you include this in your application.

Field huts

Abisko Scientific Research Station has a total of five field huts that you can book. Myrvillan in Stordalen is mainly used as a day shelter and for equipment storage. North of Torneträsk there are two huts, at Jieprenkiedde and Lullihatjårro. To the west of Abisko, there are huts at Latnajaure and in Kärkevagge. All field huts offer simple accommodation.

Storage, including freezer and fridges

If there is anything you want to store outside your accommodation, you need to arrange this with the station staff – this includes samples in the refrigerator and freezer rooms. Anything you want to store needs to be labelled and registered. The reason for this is that we sometimes need to reorganize the storage to allow for cleaning and maintenance, as well as making sure that things are not left behind and forgotten about. At the end of the season (late October/early November) we will make an inventory of all spaces, i.e. offices, labs, storage rooms, lockers, freezer, fridges etc. Any unmarked/unregistered items may then be removed for destruction – including unmarked samples!


There are three vehicles available for hire at the station: two station wagons and a minibus. You can book them at the reception. We urge you to coordinate the hire and use of cars so that we can offer transportation to more users. You should be aware that the station staff may require the use of cars or may give other users priority, so if you absolutely need a car during your visit, we recommend that you rent one at Kiruna Airport.

Additional Data
Access Type
Physical, Remote
Access Mode
Excellence Driven
Access Webpage
Number of Users
Number Year
300 2017
Users Definition
User Demographics
Extra-European Users - 10.0% in 2017
European Users - 40.0% in 2017
National Users - 50.0% in 2017
Type of Users
Academic - 100.0%
INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic)
Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS)