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

Workshop for Researchers from Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands

This workshop is organized by the Research Council of the Faroe Islands, the Greenland Research Council, RANNÍS, and the IACN; and will take place in Tórshavn on the 19th-21st of August.

Event in Focus

Webinar: Navigating the Renewable Energy Transition - Tempering Progress with Responsibility

The IACN continues it's collaboration with Women in Renewable Energy Canada (WiRE) by bringing you a new webinar episode on renewable energy and societal responsibility.

Project in Focus

Stories from the North - A miniseries by 2 Crees in a Pod

Made possible by Northern Affairs Canada and the Arctic Council Social Development Working Group, as well as the talents of Amber Dion and Terri Cardinal of the 2 Crees in a Pod podcast, this miniseries embraces the rich Indigenous tradition of storytelling to explore various facets of the Indigenous experience - it's ways of life, challenges, and blessings.

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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