The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. We provide research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts in biology, geology, geophysics and technology.

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Avalanche in Longyearbyen 21 February 2017

21 January 2017 Just before noon on Tuesday 21 February 2017 an avalanche destroyed two apartment buildings in the middle of Longyearbyen. No one was injured in the avalanche, but parts of the town are now under evacuation.

Internal investigation of boat incident concluded

17 February 2017 The internal investigation into the boat incident on 27 January 2017 is now concluded and the investigation group has delivered their report to the UNIS director.

A force more deadly than polar bears

16 February 2017 You might think that polar bears – and the potential for attack – are the biggest danger the Norwegian island archipelago of Svalbard. But avalanches kill far more people on Svalbard than polar bears ever have.

Tunabreen may be surging decades earlier than expected

15 February 2017 Tunabreen, the iconic glacier in Tempelfjorden, is well-known to residents of Svalbard and the throngs of tourists that visit each year. The last known surge of Tunabreen was in 2004 and scientists have believed that the glacier has a 35–40 year surge interval, suggesting a new surge around year 2040. However, new satellite imagery suggests that Tunabreen is starting to surge now, decades earlier than expected.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: