Tarfala Research Station

Tarfala valley and Tarfala Research Station
Tarfala valley and Tarfala Research Station

Tarfala Research Station (TRS)

Tarfala Research Station was part of SITES from 2013-2022. From 2023 onwards for updated information and data visit Tarfala's webpage at Stockholm University.

Tarfala Research Station is located at 1130 m a.s.l. in the Kebnekaise mountains. The valley is a typical sub-arctic high alpine valley where Storglaciären is one of the best studied glaciers in the world. Tarfala measures glaciers, permafrost, hydrology, meteorology, pollution and vegetation which are all used by scientists. We welcome scientists and students from national and international universities who wish to carry out research projects or run a course. The station is an excellent platform for workshops and meetings.

Facilities at Tarfala include food and lodging, sauna, lecture hall, workshops, access to Wi-Fi and internet through GSM-net. Tarfala is open between mid-March to early May and from mid-June to mid-September.

For access to observations and data from measurement programs in Tarfala please contact the station manager, explore Tarfala base program of parameters and sampling plots in the Bolin center (external web).   

Tarfala was part of SITES infrastructures SITES Water and SITES Spectral from 2013-2022.

Short facts
Main ecosystems
Alpine, lakes and streams, forest
Mean annual temperature: -3.3 °C
Operational period

March-April, June-September
Stockholm University
Latitude and longitude

67.9112 N, 18.6108 E
1130 m