Initiating, encouraging and facilitating cooperation on Arctic issues

We engage with stakeholders, provide support and guidance.
We lead and partner in International and Icelandic Arctic initiatives.

Highlighted Activities

Projects, events, and initiatives, organized and co-organized, hosted and co-hosted, and involving the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.

in Focus

IACN's Gender Equality Plan 2024

In a reflection to its committments to gender equality within the Arctic, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network has outlined its 2024-2028 Gender Equality Plan. Take a look to see how we aim to guarantee gender-conscious conduct both within our network as well as in our dealings across the Arctic.

Event in Focus

Arctic Congress Bodö 2024

The Arctic Congress Bodø 2024 will be a unique event that combines the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) XI, UArctic Congress 2024, and High North Dialogue 2024. The congress takes place from 29 May to 3 June 2024 in Bodø, Norway, hosted by Nordland Research Institute and NORD University. Bringing three conferences together in Bodø – one of the 2024 European Cultural Capitals - will be an extraordinary showcase of Arctic cooperation.

Members & Partners

Our members are Icelandic legal entities working on issues relating to the Arctic. Our domestic and international partners and collaborators can include institutions, governments, municipalities and associations.  Are you looking for a partner for projects, in person events, webinars or something else?


A network of Arctic experts in Iceland providing contact information, field of expertise and interests. Do you seek knowledge or someone to partner with on a project? Are you a student looking fo rmaterial, expertise or an advisor for your thesis? Are you looking for a speaker on a specific topic?

The Arctic Region

The Arctic does not have a single definition which comprehensively defines the region but rather is defined through different dimensions. This section provides basic information concerning key Arctic actors, including the Arctic eight states, the Arctic Council and the six Indigenous Peoples' Associations, often referred to as the Arctic Council Permanent Participants.  

Further it provides an brief overview of important international, regional and subnational organizations with a special role in Governance in the Arctic. Finally, a list of Arctic official policies and security strategies, including those of the Arctic states and permanent participants, has been compiled and is regularly updated.

Polygon Tundra, Lena Delta. Photo: Peter Prokosch

Arctic Definitions

An overview of the more commonly used definitions of the Arctic region.

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Key Arctic Actors

The eight Arctic States are central to Arctic Governance in close collaboration with Indigenous Peoples in the region.

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Polar bear warning at Churchill, Hudson Bay, Canada. Photo: Peter Prokosch.

Arctic Governance

The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum for cooperation and interaction among the Arctic States, but it is not the only one. What are the key elements of Arctic Governance?

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Arctic Policies

A list of official policies and security strategies, including those of Arctic States, non-Arctic States, Indigenous Peoples´ Associations and International Organizations.

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