The University of Akureyri


The University of Akureyri, UNAK, is a state university that has served Akureyri and its rural surrounding since 1987, growing rapidly every year. The University has built a reputation for academic excellence and good industrial relations as well as a personal atmosphere. UNAK offers programmes in School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Business and Science. It has a well-established distance learning programmes with almost half of the 2000 students enrolled in flexible learning.

UNAK in the Arctic

unak haskolinn akureyri arcticHáskólinn á Akureyri. Mynd: Hjalti Þór Hreinsson

UNAK offers the only Arctic study programme in Iceland, Polar Law, where emphasis is placed on areas of international and domestic law concerning the Polar regions. The program offers a variety of courses, all thought in English. UNAK also offers studies in Arctic issues as a part of other studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Numerous other courses with strong Arctic ties are tought in the school, for example in the School of Health Sciences and School of Business and Science.

UNAK was a founding member of the University of the Arctic, a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. It also has extensive cooperation in Arctic issues, for example through the UArctic Thematic Networks which fosters issues-based cooperation within networks which are focused but flexible enough to respond quickly to topical Arctic issues.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iceland and Norway signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding in Akureyri on September 29, 2011, concerning co-operation in the field of Arctic scientific research, including the establishment of a Nansen Professorship in Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri. The position is currently occupied by dr. Jessica Shadian.

The Polar Law Program

UNAK international office


The policy of the University of Akureyri is to strengthen the university as a scientific institute by among other things creating a forum for employees to publish their research and scientific work both in print and digital form.

Most of the research work is done by the academic members of the staff and research administration is in the hand of RHA - University of Akureyri Research Centre. In addition the University has six research institutes: Research Centre on Childrens Literature, Research Centre on Health Science at UNAK, Centre of School Development at UNAK, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre, Research Centre Against Violence, Fisheries Science Centre. 

More information about publishing by UNAK.


UNAK´s website offers extensive information about the school and its studies. It has a varied selection of study programmes and offers study programs in English.

It has information about the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Business and Science and Distance Learning at the Baccalaureate Level and information about research institutions and collaboration.

It also has detailed information for prospective students.

The website in English.


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