This message updates you regarding the operation of the Norwegian Polar Institute in these unusual, difficult circumstances in which minimizing the risk of spreading the covid-19 (corona) infection is our highest priority.

✔️ Employees are encouraged to work from home if the nature of their jobs permits it.

✔️ Employees with families in quarantine are not to come to work at the office.

✔️ Large events and meetings within the institute are postponed indefinitely.

✔️ Participation in external conferences and gatherings is cancelled.

✔️ All plane trips that are not of critical importance are cancelled. This applies to both domestic and international journeys. Consider digital meetings as a substitute.

✔️ Staff members who are in high-risk groups are to work from home.

✔️ As a general rule, employees over the age of 65 are to work from home. With a positive evaluation from the employee’s doctor, the over-65 employee may work at the office.

✔️ The library is closed to the public until further notice. Digital library services are available to employees. Contact if you need to borrow a book.

✔️ As the situation stands now, it is not desirable to have visitors – children or adults – at our offices or other locations. We ask for your understanding: this assessment has been made with the aim of reducing the risk of spreading the infection to children and to employees.

✔️ All planned educational cruises, research cruises and fieldwork are cancelled until further notice. Contact your line manager for more information.

✔️ In Longyearbyen, Forskningsparken is closed and all employees are working from home.

✔️ Norwegian Polar Institute staff in Ny-Ålesund are to follow the measures being implemented by Kings Bay. Travellers coming from outside the Nordic countries will not be permitted to fly to Ny-Ålesund. The manager at Ny-Ålesund is in dialogue with all research groups regarding the recommendation to cancel or postpone activities in the coming weeks.

✔️Troll Station is operating normally. There are no  planned flights to the station before the beginning of November.

Information about the corona virus