STATION NAME AND OWNER
Finse Alpine Research Centre is owned by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo. Even though the University of Oslo is the offi cial owner, state funding for building the station was provided on the condition that the Universities of Bergen and Oslo have equal rights to the use of the station for research and education. The station is managed by the Department of Biology, University of Oslo.
The Alpine Research Center is located 1.5 km east of the Finse railway station on the north-western corner of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in south central Norway (60°36’ N, 30’ E). The closest town is Geilo, about 50 km to the east. Finse lies in the low alpine zone at 1200 meters a.s.l. and about 250 meters above the tree line. The snow-free period is normally between mid-July and October. The station is located just outside Hallingskarvet National Park to the north and east and Skaupsjøen-Hardangerjøkulen landscape protection area to the south and west. The Hardangerjøkulen glacier is 4 km south of the station.