1945
Valter Schytt and Gösta Walldén scouts a location for long-term mass abalance project supervised by Hans W:son Ahlmann.

1946
The 1945/46 mass balance measurements are started on Storglaciären.

1947
The first building is bought from Andreas Niia (native of Nikkaluokta) and placed next to the Swedish Tourist Association hut at the Tarfala lake. One year later the hut is was moved down to the location of the current station.

1950
The Prisma hut is built.

1951
The local Tarfala co-ordinate system is connected to the national Swedish co-ordinate system Rikets Nät. The first map of the glacier is constructed.

1959
Annual university courses are started at Tarfala Research Station.

1960
Svanö AB presents a cabin to the station.

1961
The station is expanded by four buildings through a grant from the Wallenberg Foundation.

1961
The station is officially opened as a Research station under Stockholm University.

1962
A 60 m long ice tunnel is excavated into the terminus of Isfallsglaciären.

1962
Bacho AB presents a sauna to the station.

1963
The National Swedish Board of Public Buildings shoulders the responsibility for the buildings and their maintenance.

1965-75
The International Hydrological Decade (IHD) spawns hydrological activites in the Tarfala valley.

1967
A Unesco course is held at Tarfala.

1968
The hydrological flume station Rännan is built.

1968
A new building housing a laboratory and a lecture room is built.

1970
The huts Tvillingarna are built to expand living quartes at the station. The huts are funded by the county administrative board of Norrbotten.

1970
A second Unesco course is held at Tarfala.

1971
Electric power is installed at the station.

1972
A telephone linked through a radio transmitter on Kebnetjåkka is installed.

1974
The messroom building is expanded with an assembly room and a new kitchen.

1975
The sauna and food storage buildings are destroyed in a winter storm and are replaced during the following summer with new living quarters and a sauna. Svanö becomes the new food storage.

1975
A hut is erected on the glacier as part of a project on glacier meteorology. The hut was connected to the power net through 1986. It was torn down in 1988.

1982
A new generator building was built to generate emergency power. The generator can operate for two weeks without refuelling.

1982
The laboratory hut by Rännan is damaged in a slush avalanche. It is repaired during the following summer.

1985
Valter Schytt passes away in Tarfala valley during a winter visit. Wibjörn Karlén is appointed as new director of the Tarfala Research Station.

1985
The laundry house disintegrates in a November storm.

1987
A new hut, also supplied with electrical power, is built on the northern lateral moraine of Storglaciären.

1988
A new laundry house is built as an extension to the existing sauna building.

1988
A relay station for VHF radio communications is established on Kaskasatjåkka.

1990
A telephone cable is laid out to Tarfala making the radio relay station on Kebnetjåkka superfluous.

1990-94
Tarfala co-ordinate net is corrected through GPS measurements.

1991
The laboratory hut at Rännan is destroyed by a slush avalanche.

1992
Wind speeds of up to 81 m/s, the official Swedish wind speed record, are measured during a hurricane in late December.

1993
A hurricane with wind speeds of up to 76 m/s destroys the sauna and laundry house. The Mässen and Prismat buildings are severely damaged. The damage is repaired and a new combined sauna and laundry building is built during the following summer.

1994
The National Board of Public Buildings shoulders the care-taking of the station.

1995
The celebration of fifty years of research activities in Tarfala.

1996
The Environmental and Space research Institute in Kiruna opens and the staff number in Tarfala significantly increases. Per Holmlund is appointed as director for Tarfala Research Station.

1998
A professorship in glaciology is installed at Stockholm University.

2002
The station is expanded by the addition of a lecture hall and new living quarters.

2004
Institutionen omorganiserar verksamheten, stationen får en stf föreståndare Gunhild Rosqvist, en forskningskoordinator Peter Jansson och en intendent Henrik Törnberg.

2005
Gunhild Rosqvist blir ny föreståndare.

2006
Antal utländska forskare och studenter ökar rejält.

2007
Tarfala får utökat stöd från naturvetenskapliga fakulteten. Internetuppkoppling görs möjligt via satellit genom EU projektet "Rural Wings".

2008
Miljöanpassning av stationens verksamhet börjar på allvar. Kronprinsessan Victoria besöker Tarfala.