Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is rich in points of geological interest and, above all, it allows watching the aurora. In addition to a full, week-long science program, we will offer several (optional) activities and field trips to have participants “experience” this fascinating land but also to further socialize:
Note: itineraries can be downloaded for each activity at each hyperlink.”
The welcome reception will be on Sunday afternoon/evening at the Panorama Restaurant (Arnarhvoll Hotel), where most of the participants will stay. We recommend that you come to meet old and new friends. You will also be able to register at the reception.
After Monday’s last science session, a documentary on Iceland’s history, wildlife, and nature will be shown in the conference center. For the remainder of the week, participants will have the opportunity, if they wish, to visit some of the places shown in the documentary.
On Tuesday afternoon a 2-hour guided walking tour through the city center of Reykjavik will help you get over jet lag and will also get you familiar with your immediate surroundings. Sites of interest are the Church of Hallgrímur, the parliament, the old town of Reykjavik, Ingólfstorg, among others. Following the guided tour, join us for a “social hour” in one of the many bar’s in Reykjavik’s center.
The banquet dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening and will take place at one of Reykjavik’s landmark, the Perlan Restaurant. The Perlan offers exceptional views of the city from its revolving, glass-dome-covered restaurant.
Thursday’s field trip will take us along the “Golden Circle” in the south of Iceland with three primary stops on the route: the national park Thingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.
An additional excursion, not included in the registration fee, to the world famous Blue Lagoon is planned for Friday evening after the last science session. This will be the perfect way to end a busy week of science sessions.
Note that the trips on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will include aurora viewing, weather permitting.