The construction at Karholl

The not-for-profit company Aurora Observatory is building a Northern Lights Observatory at Karholl, Reykjadal, Thingeyjarsveit. The building will be about 760 m2, located slightly north and above the current buildings at Karholl, in accordance to a confirmed area site plan, see here. The building is three levels, built out of concrete and steel.

The construction company SS Byggir is commissioned to the concrete phase of the building and work is well under way. The plan is to start research in the building in the fall of 2016.

Further information on the project is provided by AO director Reinhard Reynisson, tel 464 0415 or

The images above show the exterior design of the building under construction. More information is available under the link Construction.

The Aurora Observatory

The Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) have signed an agreement on the formation of a joint centre for the exploration of the aurora borealis phenomena. The China-Iceland Joint Aurora Observatory (CIAO) will be based at Karholl, N-Iceland

The Scientific Cooperation

The aim of this research cooperation is to further the scientific understanding on solar-terrestrial interaction and space weather by conducting polar upper atmosphere observations, such as auroras, geomagnetic field variations and other related phenomena and outreach to the public.

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