Arctic Portal

The Arctic Portal is a comprehensive gateway to Arctic information and data.

In consultation and cooperation with members of the Arctic Council member states, observer states and organizations, its Working Groups, Permanent Participant organizations and other Arctic stakeholders, Arctic Portal works to increase information-sharing and cooperation among those who live, work and have an interest in the Arctic.

A not-for-profit organization based in Akureyri, Iceland under an international board of directors, the organization has initiated and maintains a network of information and data-sharing services – including web-based services that translate scientific data into user-friendly maps that educators, researchers, policymakers, and the general public can understand and use.

The Arctic Portal also hosts more than 50 websites of Arctic organizations and institutions of high importance, prominently participates in international Arctic research projects, and is involved in a wide variety of international consortia such as the Northern Forum, the European Polar Board, EU-PolarNet, the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), the Arctic Data Committee (ADN), the International Permafrost Association (IPA), the China-Nordic Arctic Research Centre (CNARC), the EDU-ARCTIC consortium and the APPLICATE project (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArctiC ClimATE change).

The organization has also taken the lead in setting up the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost Database (GTN-P), the Arctic Maritime and Aviation Transport Initiative (AMATII) and the Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA).

Facts and figures

Year Established 2006
Total Number of Staff 12
Focus Areas

Arctic News and Information
Outreach and Consultation
Website hosting
Educational tools
Interactive Mapping System