Documentation and dissemination of the history of Denmark in Greenland and the Arctic

Danish Artic Institute is a small work place characterized by closeness, co-operation and many-sided responsibilities.

All employees are highly educated and have a relevant professional background, which is placed at the disposal of the users of the Institute and of its co-operators. In the everyday work, order and clearness of the collections are emphasized to the greatest extent possible and at a high level of service to the public.


Bent Nielsen, Ph.D., director: Phone: +45 32 31 50 50,

Since the 1st of September 2006, Bent Nielsen has been the manager of the Danish Arctic Institute. In 2005, he acquired the Ph.D-degree based on a doctorate thesis on the conditions of the Eskimo people in North-Eastern Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and as the leader of the Danish Tjukotka Expeditions he has combined the eskimology with modern Danish research in the Arctic areas. Further, Bent Nielsen has been trained as a graphic designer.


Jørgen Trondhjem, Ph.d, archive manager: Phone: +45 32 31 50 55,

Jørgen Trondhjem has a Ph.D. in Eskimology and Arctic Studies and in Art History. Aside from managing the archive, Jørgen Trondhjem is also in charge of the registration and the photographing of the Art and Ethnographical collection. In 2007 he completed his Ph.D. about Greenlandic modern art and has been an external lecturer at both University of Copenhagen, department of Eskimology and Arctic Studies and at Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland. He does lectures in other contexts as well, focusing on Greenlandic art, Greenlandic history and the modern Greenland. He has written the book ’100 års grønlandsk billedkunst – en introduktion’, Turbineforlaget, 2012. Furthermore, he has a Nurse Education and has worked as such in Nuuk, Greenland from 1991-1995.


Stig Søndergaard Rasmussen, M.A., photo manager: Phone: +45 32 31 50 51,  Stig Søndergaard Rasmussen has a BA in Eskimology and Arctic Studies and a MA in History. Aside from managing the photo archive, Stig Søndergaard Rasmussen is also in charge of the webpages and does lectures for students and other groups visiting Danish Arctic Institute, focusing on the historical relation between Denmark and Greenland. He has written several articles focusing on historical photos for the publication Polarfronten, was a guide at the Danish National Museums Arctic Department and at Visit Carlsberg, and he has his own company, Nordoskop Formidling, offering guided tours in the old parts of Copenhagen.


Elisabeth Sparst Kofoed, M.A., archivist (maps), 

Elisabeth Sparst Kofoed has a MA in History and elective studies in Cultural Heritage and Museum Theory. She is an archivist and project manager of the map archive, which entails archiving, digitalization and registration. She has previously worked at SILA – center for Greenlandic Research at the National Museum in Copenhagen, at Greenland National Museum & Archives in Nuuk and at Danish Arctic Institute, where she was attached to the document archive. She has held several lectures and is a co-founder and the chairwoman of the Greenlandic Society’s Student Forum, and is 1st deputy board member of the Greenlandic Society.


Lone Riis, M. A., project manager (The Greenland Registrant): Phone: +45 32 31 50 52, 

Lone Riis holds a MA in Cross Cultural Studies with emphasis on cultural interpretation and museology, and a BA in Eskimology and Arctic Studies with emphasis on the Danish Realm and linguistic knowledge of the Greenlandic language. In her role as project manager, Lone is responsible for The Greenland Registry; a three-year long project with the objective of establishing one joint digital portal to Greenland-related archival material in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Lone joins us from a part time teaching position at Department for Greenlandic and Arctic Studies, University of Copenhagen, and has previously worked part time at The Ethnographic Collection at the National Museum. Being a chef by training, she has as such spent a fair amount of summers at Zackenberg Research Station, in addition to three stays at Danmarkshavn Weather Station; both situated in the National Park in Northeast Greenland.


Jonna Votborg, student assistant

Jonna Votborg studies for a BA in Greenlandic and Arctic Studies. She is attached to the photo archive.


Karina E. Sørensen, project volunteer, 

Karina E. Sørensen has a BA from Eskimology and Arctic Studies and has a MA at Cross Cultural Studies. She is a projekt volunteer for the 5th Thule Expedition Centenary Project.


Kathrine Thorp Sørensen, student assistant

Kathrine Thorp Sørensen has a BS from Biology and is currently doing her MS from Biology. She is attached to the Christian Vibe-collection.


Kenneth Wehr, student assistant

Kenneth Wehr has a BA from Historical Lingvistics and Scandinavistics and is currently doing his BA in Greenlandic and Arctic Studies. He is attached to the photo archive.


Rose Holm, student assistant

Rose Holm has a BS from Biology and is currently doing her MS from Biology. She is attached to the photo archive.


Janni Andreassen, journalist, volunteer

Jan Løve, cand. psych., volunteer

Gudrun Tølbøll, correspondent, volunteer


Strandgade 102, 1. sal
DK-1401 København K

Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9:00-16:00, Friday 9:00-15.00

We recommend that you contact us and makes an appointment before visiting

Bent Nielsen, Ph.D., director

+45 32 31 50 50