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Nordic Union for Quaternary Research

Field work in Tydal © Fredrik Høgaas

The Nordic Union for Quaternary Research


The Nordic Union for Quaternary Research (NORDQUA) is an organization of professional scientists from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). NORDQUA is interested in the last 2.6 million years of Earth's history (the Quaternary) – also known as the ‘Ice Age’. The aim of the Union is to encourage broad interdisciplinary cooperation and communication among Quaternary scientists in Norden, and especially to facilitate networking between young scientists. This is done through organizing joint field excursions and symposia, and by informing about student and job opportunities.


NORDQUA excursion 2017



We are glad to announce that the annual NORDQUA excursion venue is set - Ívar Benediktsson and colleagues will welcome us to Iceland in early september!


Here we will have a close look at some of the geology Iceland has to offer - from Quaternary volcanism and tephrochronology to glacial sediments and indicators of sea level change.


The excursion, which will run from September 4th to 8th, can room up to 30 participants. Deadline for registration is 1st of April! More information and registration form can be found in the flyer.

NORDQUA 2016 excursion


Third NORDQUA excursion will be held in Finnish Lapland 15-19 August.


The trip will start on Monday 15th at 18 o´clock from the Geological Survay of Finland (GTK) in Rovaniemi. Registration time at the GTK is between 16-18 hours.


Estimated arrival time at the Rovaniemi airport on Friday 19th is around 15 o´clock.


Registration DL is extended to 29th of May. The minimum number of participants for excursion to take place will be 20 persons.

Second circular is available here!





NORDQUA 2015 excursion - friends of the Pleistocene!


The excursion 21-24 September was another great success, as 37 participants from several different countries toured around the south-central parts of Sweden. Moraines, varves, drumlins and hefty drainage deposits were some of the themes covered in this "2nd" annual NORDQUA field trip.


Find pictures and more information here. The excursion booklet is available here.





NORDQUA group photo in front of Hamnsundhelleren

NORDQUA 2014 excursion - a definite sucess!


The rebirth of NORDQUA was realised through a 4-day long field trip in the Summøre area, western Norway 22-25th of September. Excursion leaders Eiliv Larsen, Jan Mangerud and John Inge Svendsen guided the group in an excellent manner, covering a wide range of Quaternary subjects, including visits to several type localities.


A selection of pictures and the leaders' field trip summary can be found here.

The official field guide is now also available online at geologi.no.

Coming Event


NORDQUA excursion 2017



September 2017

NORDQUA 2014 and 2015 excursion field guides.

NORDQUA.org launched!