While some research activities in Svalbard do not require prior consent, other research activities may be subject to the approval of several government bodies. For applications to the Governor of Svalbard, they must be sent through the Research in Svalbard (RiS) portal following these deadlines: 1 March for fieldwork in June, July and August. 1 July for fieldwork in September, October and November. 1 October for fieldwork December, January and February. 1 January for fieldwork in March, April and May.
Most of Norway's legislation applies to the Svalbard islands and regulates a number of research-relevant activities in the archipelago. Researchers and research institutions must familiarize themselves with applicable regulations and obtain all relevant permits from Norwegian authorities before initiating their research activities in Svalbard.
Svalbard-specific Norwegian legislation, notably the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act (2001) and regulations, is highly relevant to all field research in the archipelago. More often than not, field research will require an exemption from the environmental regulations and/or a permit from the Governor of Svalbard. For more information about activities that require the Governor's consent, see the Governor's guide to researchers in Svalbard.
Here you find information about bodies that may be relevant if you are conducting research in Svalbard.
Conducting research in Svalbard
Arctic fieldwork presents a different set of challenges than fieldwork in many other places. The harsh climate, complicated logistics, safety concerns, and legislation are important factors to take into consideration when planning research in Svalbard.
Doing research in Svalbard requires that you adhere to a special set of regulations and take suitable precautions.
Successful fieldwork requires good planning and logistics. Svalbard offers comprehensive logistics services, but be sure to book well in advance.
Safety in Svalbard
Conditions in Svalbard being what they are, you might find yourself in dangerous situations that demand the utmost of both your gear and your resourcefulness.