Arctic Safety

Arctic safety and security addresses the risks of operating in the Arctic and shows ways to prevent incidents.

- The first way is an intern transparent safety organisation and contact information
- The second way is creating awareness
- The third way is continuous education and training
- The fourth way is collaboration on the subject across the Arctic research community.

Arctic DTU collaborates across Danish universities on in-field safety.
Arctic DTU is a partner in INTERACT, a circum arctic network, where we work actively together on Arctic safety and security across the pan-Arctic research stations.

Important contact information

Our local coordinator at Arctic DTU Sisimiut is the first point of contact if an incident should occur during activities connected to Arctic DTU Campus and Research Station.
Second point of contact is DTU Emergency at DTU CAS in Lyngby in Denmark.

See the numbers below and make sure to save these numbers in your phone when working in Sisimiut and the surroundings.

Emergency contact at Arctic DTU Sisimiut (1st point of contact)
+299 26 78 08

Emergency contact at DTU Lyngby (2nd point of contact)
+45 9458 9458


1. Check for potential dangers to yourself, bystanders or the casualty
2. Enquire with the casualty (if responsive) and any bystanders to discover the cause of the accident
3. Call for help by calling the point of contact
4. Provide first aid or other appropriate help
5. Meet and guide the emergency services


All staff, students, teachers, researchers and other visitors to Arctic DTU Campus Sisimiut or Arctic DTU Research Station will have to familiarize with the safety rules for campus and the safety rules for travel and working in the surroundings.

Students will get the necessary introduction to these safety rules via their courses in Sisimiut. All other visitors will have to pass an online quiz to obtain the necessary clearance. Regular visitors will only have to do take the test once a year.
You are welcome to take the quiz anytime an also welcome to pass it on to other relevant DTU researchers, such as PhD students that are going on field work.

The quiz is based on the mandatory safety material listed at the bottom of the page where you also find the QR code for the quiz.

We recommend researchers to familiarize themselves with two INTERACT publications:
- Fieldwork Planning Handbook
- Communication and Navigation Handbook.

We recommend all to download INTERACT's Safety Pocket Fieldbook to their device before a field-trip, so it is always available during the trip.

All the materials are listed at the bottom of the page.


In 2018 the Danish Universities agreed, that staff working in the Arctic must complete an Arctic First Aid course and a rifle handling course if operating in areas with polar bears.

Arctic DTU offers both courses for DTU staff each year before the fieldwork season in the Arctic starts, in February / March, near Lyngby, Denmark. If needed both courses are offered again later in the year. We also regularly arrange rifle training for small groups, to refresh and train shooting abilities.

When you come from outside DTU and plan a stay at the Arctic DTU Research Station in Greenland, we expect that you have taken comparable courses.

In 2023 we have introduced a safety quiz that everybody who visits Campus Sisimiut or the Research Station will have to complete, on beforehand. The quiz is part of a 30-minute film that addresses the most important issues concerning safety to make sure that you know how to prevent an accident and what to do if an incident should occur. During the film you will have to answer questions correctly, to pass the test. You can take the test as many times as you want but you will have to pass the test before your arrival.

Regular visitors to Sisimiut will have to complete the test once a year.
Have fun, enjoy the wilderness and stay safe out there!


Important information: it will take a couple of hours to complete the quiz.

QR code to the safety quiz


If you have any inquires or questions contact us directly below or find the specific employees on the page About (top menu of this site)

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