A 3-D digital terrain model of the core study area (GIF 156 Kb)

Zackenberg valley with research Zone 1 and subdivisions (JPG 3,4 Mb)

Zackenberg valley with drainage basin (GIF)

Zackenberg valley with place names (PDF)

Map of Zones

The core study area is partitioned as follows:

Zone 1a is the core area for monitoring and research projects. In this zone a transportation corridor is staked out to concentrate general surface traffic to the least fragile habitats.

Zone 1b is set aside as a 'minimum impact' study area. This implies that only a minimum of activities will be permitted here and that research can take place only with prior approval. Ad hoc access may be granted by the scientific leader.

Zone 1c is a waterfowl protection area. Several hundreds of geese moult in the lowlands adjacent to the coastline. During the 50 days moulting season the geese are extremely sensitive to disturbance. In order not to scare off the geese permanently and thereby altering the grazing regime of the coastal meadows, access to Zone 1c is prohibited between 20 June and 10 August. Proposed research in Zone 1c requiring access during the critical period must be approved before the summer season.

Map download

GIS data for the Zackenberg area can be downloaded here.

Overview of the Zackenberg area

To download an overview map of the Zackenberg area, like the one above (without blue area), click here:

Zackenberg Overview (png, geo referenced, zipped)

The geodatabase, with vector data covering the Zackenberg drainage basin (blue area on the map above), is now available. Click on the link: ArcGIS file based geodatabase


Geomorphologic Geomorphological map of the Zackenberg Valley can be downloaded here

Please cite the map data according to the instructions.

Hut waypoints

The Zackenberg Research Station encourages projects outside the main research area to bring GPS coordinates for potential shelters around the area. The .gpx file can be downloaded and read into you own GPS. The file contains the coordinates for old trapping stations and huts, that may be useful in case you need shelter from bad weather. Notice, that the file also contains a few other GPS coordinates for peaks and passes in the area. All old trapping stations and huts are named with the prefix ‘Hut’ followed by their original name (typically in Danish).