Kilpisjärvi Biological Station was founded in 1964. The principal aim of the station is to promote biological and geographical research in the north, and to provide students of biology and geography with information about natural phenomena in northern lands. The station is open to researchers of all nationalities. Below you can find a summary of the station resources, detailed information at the stations own www-page.
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station is situated in the mountain birch forest zone near the 70th degree of northern latitude (69°03'N; 20°50'E) in the northwesterenmost part of Finland. Station belongs to University of Helsinki, the Faculty of Biological and Environmental sciences.
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station was founded in 1964. The principal aim of the station is to promote biological and geographical research in the north, and to provide students of biology and geography with information about natural phenomena in northern lands. The station is open to researchers of all nationalities.
Long-term follow-up studies form the core of the research activities at the station. Kilpisjärvi Biological Station co-operates with many national and international research projects and other biological stations.
- Easily, safely and inexpensively accessible mountain birch forest and alpine zones at 69°N
- Huge, pure “cold laboratory” (coldest place in continental Europe in summer)
- A hot spot of vascular plants in the Scandies
- Long-term (50 years or more) environmental background data available
- 10-year international art/science cooperation with artists via Ars Bioarctica and Finnish Bioart Society
- Arctic Ocean only 50 km away (Norway) and easy access to other close-by areas in Norway and Sweden
- Modern but cosy research station administrated by the biggest university in Finland, accommodation/full board available
- Helpful staff available when needed
- One of the best places to see northern lights in Europe
- Possibility to experience life in a small and remote but lively northern village with good services in a three country border zone
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station is especially known from the long-term follow-up studies. The station co-operates with many national and international research projects (Scannet, Lapbiat2, INTERACT) and other biological stations.
In 2007, Finland's environmental administration approved Kilpisjärvi Biological Station as a member of LTER (Long-tern Ecological Network) and LTSER (Long-term Socio-Ecological Network). Biological Station also succeeded in the international research evaluation of the University of Helsinki. The station publishes its own newsletter, "Kilpisjärvi Notes".
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station has a wide national and international collaboration network, including infrastructure networks, research collaboration, corporate collaboration, and outreach. Learn more from the station's own website.