The secretariat for the Northern Research Forum is hosted by the University of Akureyri, Iceland. The secretariat is based at the University of Akureyri Research Centre on the university campus (the building Borgir). 

The town of Akureyri is a growing center of Arctic activities and events. Two of the Arctic Council's secretariats are located in the same building as the NRF Secretariat, CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) and PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment), and so is IASC (International Arctic Science Committee). The University of Akureyri offers an M.A. degree and LL.M. degree in Polar Law, which gives unique focus on polar legal issues. In addition to the international institutions, the Arctic Portal website is based in Akureyri as well as the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, a network which goal is to facilitate cooperation amongst Icelandic public and private organizations, institutions and businesses involved in Arctic issues. 

NRF Secretariat contact information:

Project manager


Gunnar M. Gunnarsson

Project Manager
RHA - University of Akureyri Research Centre Borgir, Nordurslod, IS-600 Akureyri, Iceland
Tel.: +354 515 5826 · E-mail: