Arctic Fox Conference 2020 and corona virus

Dear all,

Taking into consideration the worldwide situation with the corona virus pandemic, and due to that many large, but also small, arrangements nowadays are postponed or cancelled, we would like to send out some information about the coming arctic fox conference in August.

As you understand, it is very difficult for us to know what will happen and how the situation will look like in August. We would like you to know that we are following and evaluating the situation carefully and continually. We will keep you informed on e-mail (to all that have registered, but also through the e-mail list that goes out to all arctic fox interested people), on Facebook and on this webpage.

Please do not hesitate to get back to us with questions of any kind, and we will try to answer as good as we can.
Thank you and take care.

Dear colleagues,

Considering the current global pandemic of COVID-19 and the effects it will have on organizing a successful arctic fox conference in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, we have finally decided, after also discussing this with the scientific Committee, to postpone the 6th International Arctic Fox Conference to roughly the same dates in 2021.

We hope to count on all of you next year so that we can have an interesting and terrific conference.
We will update new deadlines and critical dates both on Facebook and on this webpage.

We can’t wait to finally see all of you in Svalbard next year.

For now, stay home and be safe and well.

Introduction / Venue

The 6th International Conference in Arctic Fox Biology

The international conference in arctic fox biology is the most important meeting point for arctic fox researchers, conservation managers, policy makers, tour operators, students and any other people interested in arctic foxes and its arctic habitats and ecosystems. It has for a long time been a tradition that end-users of environmental research, i.e. various stakeholders and management authorities participate at these conferences.

Since 1991, circumpolar arctic fox biologists have established a network which has previously arranged five international conferences in arctic fox biology. The conferences took place in Sweden in 1991 and 2009, in the UK in 2001, in Iceland in 2013 and in Canada in 2017. The now upcoming conference will for the first time be arranged by Norway, through the Norwegian Polar Institute, in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

The 6th international conference in arctic fox biology will be held at the Svalbard Research Park, University Studies in Svalbard (UNIS)/Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI),

Longyearbyen, Svalbard August 24-27, 2020.

Registration and abstract will open in January 2020.


Longyearbyen, Svalbard August 24-27, 2020

Conference content in short

Climate warming is rapidly increasing in the Arctic as well as the tourism activity. In order to start a discussion about climate change, increased tourism, vulnerable Arctic species and ecosystems, and how to build on knowledge to develop sustainable tourism, we start the conference with a panel discussion for arctic fox researchers, stakeholders, the management and stakeholders and guides of the local tourism industry at the first conference day (24. August 2020). The “Conference Icebreaker happening” will be held the same evening. The second and third day (25.-26. August 2020) are for presentations held by the arctic fox researchers and poster sessions. For the fourth day (27. August 2020) we plan a field trip by boat in the Isfjorden area for the conference participants.

Preliminary programme

The following schedule is tentative, and may be changed prior to the conference:  

Monday August 24, 2020.

08:00-09:00: Registration at the reception at Svalbard Research Park/UNIS

09:00-12:00: Workshop/panel discussion

12:00-12:30: Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)

12:30-17:00: Workshop/panel discussion

18:45 Bus to “Icebreaker” and dinner at Camp Barentz in Adventdalen

23:00 Bus back to Longyearbyen and hotels

Tuesday August 25, 2020.

07:30-0900 Continued registration and poster set-up (Svalbard Research Park/UNIS)

09:00-09:30 Welcome word (MØYSALEN, Svalbard Research Park)

09:30-12:00 Research talks (Session 1)

12:00-13:00 Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)

13:00-16:45 Research talks (Session 2)

17:00 Poster session

19:00-22:00 Dinner


Wednesday August 26, 2020.

08:30-11:45 Research talks (Session 3)

12:00-13:00 Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)

13:00-16:45 Research talks (Session 4)

17:00 Concluding remarks

19:00 Arctic fox banquet dinner

Thursday August 27, 2020.

08:30 Bus to Longyearbyen harbor

08:40-15:00 Field trip with the boat MS Bard to Pyramiden, including lunch on the boat

15:00 Bus from Longyearbyen harbor

18:00 Dinner at the restaurant STATIONEN

Practical information

The participants have to book flight and accommodation themselves. Since summer in Svalbard is a high season and destination for tourists, we recommend to book flights to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and hotel room as soon as possible.  

Please see flight schedules and information about available hotels here:

Flights to and from Svalbard (SK=SAS, DY=Norwegian):

Sunday 23 august 2020:

Oslo – Longyearbyen SK 4496 – Departure 21:45 Arrival 00:40+

Oslo- Longyearbyen SK 4414 – Departure 10:00 Arrival Longyearbyen 14:05 (Short stopover in Tromsø)

Oslo- Tromsø – Longyearbyen SK 4406 – Departure Oslo 08:45 – Arrival Tromsø 10:35 – Departure Tromsø 12:30 – Arrival Longyearbyen 14:05

Monday 24 august 2020:

Oslo – Longyearbyen DY 396 – Departure 08:55 Arrival Longyearbyen 11:55

Oslo – Longyearbyen SK 4496 – Departure 21:45 Arrival Longyearbyen 00:40

Oslo – Longyearbyen SK4414 – Departure 09:55 Arrival Longyearbyen 14:00 (Short stopover in Tromsø)

Thursday 27 august 2020:

Longyearbyen – Oslo SK 4497 – Departure 02:25 Arrival Longyearbyen 05:20

Longyearbyen – Oslo SK4425 – Departure 14:45 Arrival Longyearbyen 18:55 (Short stopover in Tromsø)

Friday 28 august 2020:

Longyearbyen – Oslo SK 4491 – Departure 13:25 Arrival Oslo 16:20

Longyearbyen – Oslo DY  397 – Departure 17:15 Arrival Oslo 20:10



We encourage participants to stay at these conference hotels:

Booking code for discounted rates: 85661.

(If you need a booking the night prior or after the conference you may contact the hotel to ensure that you get the discounted rate)

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen

Tel: +47 79026100

Conference price (incl. breakfast)

Standard single room 1725 NOK

Standard double room 2125 NOK

Funken Lodge

Tel: +47 79026100

Conference price (incl. breakfast)

Standard single room 2125 NOK

Standard double room 2525 NOK


Coal Miner’s Cabins

Tel: +47 79026100

Conference price (incl. breakfast)

Standard single room 945 NOK

Standard double room 1345 NOK

Other hotels in Longyearbyen – please note that the conference has no discounted rates at these hotels:

Svalbard Hotel & Lodge

Tel: +47 79 02 50 01

Hotel Svalbard The Vault

Tel: +47 79025004

Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg

Tel: +47 94007780


Tel: +47 900 30 321

Haugen Pensjonat

Tel: +47 79021249

Longyearbyen Camping:

Tel: +47 79021444 (during season)



Registration and abstract will open in January 2020.

The participant fee for the conference is:

Participant – 2000 NOK/approx. 200 EURO

PhD, Master or Bachelor student – 1500 NOK/approx. 150 EURO (Send a copy of your student ID or a confirmation from your supervisor to

The participant fee must be paid by Invoice.

Registration closes May 30, 2020, or once the conference is fully booked (150 participants).

For questions regarding registration please contact Anne Kibsgaard (
mob. +47 91700365.


Submission of abstract is open.

Abstract must be submitted no later than 10 February 2020 to

Abstract template

Download the template, fill in the abstract and send to Fill in your preferences for poster or oral presentation in the registration for the conference.

Abstract result

The Scientific Committee for the conference will review the submitted abstract and select presentation format and you will be notified in mid March 2020.

For questions regarding abstract submission please contact Eva Fuglei (


Conference secretariat

Anne Kibsgaard
Senior Executive Officer
+47 91700365
contact regarding registration and practical information

Eva Fuglei
Research scientist, biology
+47 77750528
contact regarding abstracts and scientific programme



The University Centre in Svalbard