Permafrost: The Future of Data Preservation

In the digital age, the preservation of data is paramount. As we generate and rely on vast amounts of information, safeguarding it for future generations becomes not just a responsibility but a necessity.

At Arctic World Archive, we take this responsibility seriously, offering state-of-the-art data preservation solutions that set us apart from the competition.

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AWA: A Trusted Name

For years, Arctic World Archive has been synonymous with secure and reliable data preservation. Our commitment to preserving humanity's digital heritage is unwavering. Located deep within the Arctic permafrost, our facility provides an unparalleled level of protection against the ravages of time, natural disasters, and data breaches.

10 Reasons to Store Your Data in the Permafrost →

Entrance to the Svalbard underground data storage vault, lit up by LED strips on the iron rails.
Snowmobiles on Svalbard.
Raindeer on Svalbard.
Closeup of the piqlBox.

Innovative Data Preservation Technology

One of our key advantages is our strategic location within the Arctic Circle. The constant sub-zero temperatures and permafrost act as natural data refrigeration, ensuring that your information remains intact for centuries to come. This natural preservation method is a game-changer in the field of data archiving.

Our underground world archive for valuable data use the latest nano technologies to convert photo-sensitive 35mm film into an immutable digital preservation medium for the future. This film, the piqlFilm, is protected by the unique piqlBox which enables secure storage of the data. This makes it possible for the piqlFilm, with your data, to survive the next 2000 years.

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Tailored Preservation Solutions

We understand that each client's data preservation needs are unique. That's why we offer customized data preservation plans tailored to your specific requirements. Whether you need to archive scientific research, historical records, artefacts, or corporate data, we have a solution for you.


Store your irreplaceable digital assets so that they can reach the future. Books in libraries are prone to fire, but not when stored in the Arctic World Archive on film.


Store your corporate history, data, docuements and memories well protected so the future can remember you.


Make sure your valuable data, pictures, digital or physical art, books, or movies outlive yourself.

As technology evolves, migrating data from older formats to newer ones can be a challenge. Our team of experts specializes in data migration, ensuring that your valuable information remains accessible as technology advances.


Start free 30-day trial

€ 0

then €19/ Month after trial

  • 1 user
  • 250 GB in active repository included*
  • File formats: PDF, JPG, WAV, TIFF, MP4
  • Access to AWA Portal
  • Support for multiple languages
  • Basic metadata support 1
  • Shared piqlFilm
  • Certificate
  • Virtual deposit

Cost-Effective Long-Term Storage

Free access for 45 days! Preserving your data shouldn't break the bank. We believe in providing affordable data preservation solutions without compromising on quality. Our transparent pricing ensures that you know exactly what you're getting for your investment.

Image of Camilla Viken (UNICEF Norway), the woman quoted on the testimony below.
« The Arctic World Archive is not only secure, but also holding a collection of highly important information and cultural heritage. What better place to store what we view as the world’s most important document than here?

Camilla Viken

Executive Director, UNICEF Norway

Featured Collections

In a remote corner of Svalbard, amidst the icy silence of the Arctic, lies a modern marvel that safeguards the treasures of our digital world. The Arctic World Archive (AWA), nestled deep within the permafrost, is the guardian of priceless data and a testament to human achievement.

Nat Friedman looking out of a glass bubble on Svalbard.


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Italian masterpiece - The Divine Comedy

Vatican Library

Italian masterpiece - The Divine Comedy

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Vatican Library
The Guggenheim Bilbao Museum building.

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao Architecture

From paper to permafrost: Guggenheim Bilbao's remarkable quest for design preservation. Explore the Arctic vault that guards their legacy.

Guggenheim Bilbao Architecture

Want to join a deposit on Svalbard?

To visit Svalbard is on many people's bucket list, and we recommend everyone who stores their precious memories in AWA to participate in a deposit ceremony.