The Czech Arctic Research Station is named after the Czech-Canadian polar ecologist Josef Svoboda and is operated by the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.

The station is located in the central part of the Svalbard archipelago (map) and consist of three parts:

The station is used by Czech and foreign scientists and offers all the comfort and logistics facilities for research in Svalbard.

Station may be used only for scientific purposes under a contractual agreement with the operator.  All research projects must be registered in Research in Svalbard database.


  • Clione is sailing again!
    After long rest ashore, we set sails again >

  • Svalbard is open for scientists
    As of July 15th, Svalbard opens for visitors from several countries within the Schengen Area and the EEA. Unfortunately, Norway and Svalbard are still closed for visitors from other countries than the green ones. See more! >

  • Cargo was packed and sent!
    We have packed cargo for this year's (probably very limited) season of our research station over the past weekend. Cargo is now heading to Gdynia, Poland, where it will be loaded on the ship Horyzont and sail to Svalbard! >

Julius Payer House Nostoc Clione
Capacity 10 persons 15 persons 6 (12*) persons
Availability All season Jul-Sep** May-Nov**
Communication Wi-Fi, cellphone satellite phone, VHF satellite phone, VHF

*for one day cruises **access may be arranged outside of this period upon prior negotiation