Focus Arctic

The University of Helsinki harbours top expertise in several disciplines of Arctic research, ranging from natural sciences to humanities. Our ambition is to be an international leader in multidisciplinary Arctic research.

Read more about our ambitions, strengths and initiatives below!
Arctic Vision 2030

We have published our Arctic Vision 2030 - a document that outlines our ambition to develop Arctic research, education, engagement and international collaboration.


Research focus

Our particularly strong focus areas are:


One of the five research themes of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science is the Arctic. The theme covers climate change, sustainability and the changing environments in the Arctic region, with the aim of bringing these thematics to practice by creating an interdisciplinary platform.

Arctic Research Stations

The University of Helsinki hosts excellent research infrastructures to support world-class Arctic research.

Learn more about our Arctic research stations, the research conducted there and opportunities to join the communities!

Arctic Avenue

Arctic Avenue is a spearhead research project of the strategic partnership between the University of Helsinki and Stockholm University, led by professor Atte Korhola at the University of Helsinki and Associate Professor Nina Kirchner at the University of Stockholm.

By joining forces, the two universities have created an attractive hub for Arctic research with cutting-edge research that connects different disciplines and units at both universities. Both universities have excellent research infrastructure, including Arctic research stations.

Arctic Avenue aims to reach the absolute top international level. Through Arctic Avenue we get a more comprehensive understanding of the factors and processes that are involved in a changing Arctic, which also enables to draft forecasts for the future as well.


The University of Helsinki is a member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) , which is a network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North.

UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions.

Through cooperation in education, research and outreach the network enhances human capacity in the North, promotes viable communities and sustainable economies, and forges global partnerships.

University of Helsinki participates in Arctic research collaboration through UArctic thematic networks. The University of Helsinki is an active player in the north2north student mobility scheme operating within the UArctic consortium.