“Reykjavik has got to be one of the most unique capital cities in the world. Young and vibrant, Iceland’s capital is bursting with color and culture, whatever time of year you visit. In the summer, the sun hardly goes down; everything comes alive and people enjoy staying out late. In the autumn and winter the city takes on a romantic ambience with the spectacular Northern Lights to entertain you, not to mention all the relaxing spas and swimming pools plus exciting winter activities.” (courtesy of Nordic Visitor Iceland Travel Site)

We are pleased to offer this Chapman conference in such a unique environment. Reykjavik’s geographic latitude is about 64° (similar to Fairbanks, Alaska), that is, slightly below the Arctic Circle. Contrary to popular belief and what the name Iceland might suggest, the winters in Reykjavik are fairly mild (around 0° C/32° F). Reykjavik’s new state-of-the-art conference center opened in 2011 and is located in the historic center. Hotels are within walking distance to the conference center.

It is well known, as documented by many photos (see figure below), that the aurora is a common appearance in Reykjavik and all over Iceland in winter. Note that the conference year 2013 coincides with the predicted solar maximum, promising many spectacular auroral displays.

Aurora over Reykjavik

Conference Site

The conference will convene at the Harpa Conference Center. Overlooking the harbor and the city center of Reykjavik, the conference center is considered the greenest conference center in the world. This visually stunning building with a unique glass façade, illuminated at night, was opened in 2011. It has an ideal location close to the hotels, shopping, and museums within the city center.