Ny-Ålesund is an excellent and functional base for international research and environmental monitoring. Ten different countries have a permanent research presence in Ny-Ålesund, three of them are staffed year-round.
Ny-Ålesund is situated at 78° 55´ N, 11° 56´ E on the west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. The settlement is the permanent home to around 35 persons serving the research institutions all year round. In addition there are a number of cruise ships visiting in the summer and the annual number of passengers visiting has been above 30000 the last years. Apart from the cruise passengers, Ny-Ålesund is not open to the general public.
Some facts about Ny-Ålesund:
Population: 35 (winter) - 180 (summer - max)
Number of buildings: around 60
Total length of roads: 9,8 km
Distance to the North Pole: 1234 km
Distance to Oslo: 2420 km
Distance to Longyearbyen: 107 km
Mean temperature in February: -14°C
Mean temperature in July: +5°C
The main goal for Ny-Ålesund is to be a professional operated research community focused on international Arctic research collaboration and management of the natural and cultural environments
Ny-Ålesund. Photo: Andrine Kylling