General information

Where and when

HARPA, concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, 9th-12th of January 2012

Official language
The official language of the Congress is English.

Important dates
Abstract deadline: 17th of October NEW DEADLINE

Conference organizer
Geoscience Society of Iceland

Contact person

Þorsteinn Sæmundsson
Chairman of the Geoscience Society of Iceland
+354 453 7999 +354 8998520


Flight information:

Transfer from airport
The distance from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík is 55 km, or 45 minutes drive. The FLY BUS offers shuttle service between hotels in Reykjavík and Keflavík airport in connection with arrivals and departures. Congress Reykjavík operates a special guided transfer service available upon request. Taxi service is also available.
For further information:

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and its surroundings, is the home of more than half of the country’s 300 000 inhabitants. Named after the steam from the geothermal areas the city is now known for its clean air and beautiful surroundings. In Reykjavik you have opportunities for historical sites, natural beauty, museums and galleries, public parks, excellent shopping, a wide range of leisure activities, hotels, restaurants and a remarkably lively artistic scene.

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate ocean climate, cool in the summer and surprisingly mild in the winter. The weather in Iceland in January can be unpredictable so be prepared for any weather – warm or cold days (+10 to -10°C), strong winds or calm conditions, rain or snow. Heavy precipitation and/or thick cloud cover may prevent full daylight. 

What to wear
Due to the fact that the weather is unpredictable in Iceland, it is wise to bring warm clothes, rainwear, etc, especially for those who are interested in outdoor activities. As there are ample opportunities for swimming in warm spring water, it might be a good idea to bring a bathing suit

Duty-free shopping
Duty-free goods may be purchased both upon arrival and departure at Keflavík Airport. The duty free allowance is 1 liter of spirits (up to 47% alcohol) and 1 liter of wine (up to 21% alcohol) or 6 liters of imported beer and 200 cigarettes or the equivalent in other tobacco products. It is prohibited to bring uncooked meat and various meat products (salami, smoked meat, etc.) into the country.

Tax refunds
Upon departure, visitors to Iceland can reclaim the VAT tax paid on purchase in the country. This may amount to 13-15% of the value of the purchase. The refund voucher should be presented to the Duty-Free shop at Keflavík Airport or other departure points.

For various tourist information please see:

The official travel guide to Iceland:
The official tourism website of the Reykjavík Capital Area:
Check the weather in Iceland:
Iceland Review – What’s on in Iceland:
Map of Reykjavík:
Icelandic Directorate of Immigration:
Restaurants in Iceland:
Keflavik International Airport in Iceland: