Kinnvika Research Station: Lost Place in Svalbard

Kinnvika Research Station: Lost Place in Svalbard

arctic research station • Forgotten Place • 80 degrees north

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Arctic – Svalbard Archipelago

North Austlandet Island

Former research station Kinnvika

The Swedish-Finnish research station Kinnvika is located at 80 degrees north latitude in the High Arctic. It is located in the bay of the same name, Kinnvika, on the west coast of the Island Nordauslandet, i.e. on the second largest island of Svalbard.

The station was built for the geophysical year 1957/1958, but was then abandoned. In 2003/2004 Marie Tieche (English) and Hauke ​​Trinks (German) spent the winter in Kinnvika and published a book about it. The research station was briefly revived for the international polar year 2007-2009: 69 people from 10 nations were on IPY-Kinnvika project involved. Today tourists can visit the abandoned station during a Svalbard cruise visit.

Kinnvika research station on Nordaustlandet by the Murchisonfjorden on the Hinlopen Strait Svalbard

Research station Kinnvika on Nordaustlandet Svalbard

Kinnvika is located within the North East Svalbard Nature Reserve. On the one hand, the former research station offers interesting photo motifs as a lost place, on the other hand, the bay itself invites you to take a walk. The old wooden huts bear witness to times gone by, a rusty and gradually decaying amphibious vehicle is a model and the wind of transience is also blowing inside the huts. Arctic terns like to frolic in the tide pools and small arctic flowers can be seen along the way.

Kinnvika is a popular destination for Boat trips in Spitsbergen: Since the protected bay lies within the Murchisonfjorden, a visit can be perfectly combined with other highlights within the Hinlopenstrasse connect. The AGE™ experience report “Cruise Spitsbergen: Arctic sea ice and the first polar bears” as well as “Walruses, bird rocks and polar bears – what more could you want?” takes you on this exciting journey.

Our Svalbard travel guide will take you on a tour of the various attractions, sights and wildlife viewing.

Tourists can also discover Spitsbergen with an expedition ship, for example with the Sea Spirit.
Would you like to visit an active research station? On the trail of Arctic research in Ny-Ålesund.
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Results from the research station Kinnvika

Research on climate warming in the Arctic (80 degrees north) at the Kinnvika project in the International Polar Year 2007-2009:
  • Ecological situation of arctic flora
  • Ecological situation of arthropods
  • Climatological state of the west coast of Nordaustlandet
  • Ice dynamics of the Vestfonna Ice Cap on Nordauslandet
  • Geological History & Environmental History
If you are interested you can find one here List of scientific publications of Arctic research that arose in the course of the project.
Maps Route planner Directions Sights Kinnvika Research Station SvalbardWhere is Kinnvika? Svalbard Map & Route Planning
Weather Kinnvika Nordaustlandet Svalbard What's the weather like in Kinnvika Svalbard?

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Source reference for text research
information through Poseidon Expeditions or on the Cruise ship Sea Spirit as well as personal experiences when visiting Kinnvika on 23.07.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX.

Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (n.d.) Change and variability of Arctic Systems Nordaustlandet, Svalbard – “Kinnvika”. [online] Retrieved on 26.08.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX, from URL:

Sitwell, Nigel (2018): Svalbard Explorer. Visitor's Map of Svalbard Archipelago (Norway), Ocean Explorer Maps

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