The construction at Karholl

The not-for-profit organization Arctic Observatory is building a Northern Lights and Upper Atmosphere Observatory under an agreement with The Chinese Polar Research Institute – PRIC, signed October 5th. 2013. The Observatory is located at Karholl, close to the community of Laugar in Reykjadalur, Thingeyjarsveit, 65 km east of Akureyri.

The first level will be a Science Communication Guest Centre open to the public to learn about Aurora and other interesting scientific phenomena.

The building construction formally started with a ground-breaking ceremony on June 2nd 2014. A cornerstone ceremony took place on October 10th. 2016. The first three observational cameras where installed in October 2017.

The official opening of the Research Station takes place in October 2018.

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.

Aurora Borealis real time monitoring at the Karholl station can be partially followed online. Click HERE to view

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