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.


  • 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! >

  • Season 2020 will be limited due to the COVID-19
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Czech Arctic Research Station in Svalbard will not be able to operate in full this scientific season. Payer House in Longyearbyen will be open without limitations from June and research boat Clione will start operating at the end of the June. However, the Nostoc field station is likely to remain closed. >

  • New site section
    We have launched a new site section "Resources" for all practical and safety information for movement and Research in 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