Stefansson Arctic Institute
The Stefansson Arctic Institute (SAI) was established in 1998 and operates under the auspices of the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment. It is located in Akureyri in Northern Iceland and bears the name of explorer and anthropologist Vilhjálmur Stefánsson (1879-1962). The staff at the Stefansson Arctic Institute includes scientists with broad interdisciplinary research background and experience. SAI has enjoyed and further welcomes visits by scholars, to work on and present their research. The role of SAI is to be a forum for co-operation with regards to multi-disciplinary research; promote sustainable development in northern areas; strengthen Icelandic participation in international endeavours in this field; facilitate and co-ordinate Arctic research in Iceland; gather and disseminate information regarding northern issues; advise the Government and co-operate with others internationally; and provide facilities for scholars who pursue research relevant to the SAI's agenda.