Second Plenary Meeting in Reykjavik
Friday 8 December, registration 9–9:30 in front of the
meeting hall, University of Iceland
Saturday 9 December, 9:30–18:00
University of Iceland, Main Building
Meeting Room: Hátíðarsalur, second floor
Map of University Campus (www.hi.is/page/stortkort)
Accommodation has been reserved for participants
Hotel Saga, at Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavik.
Tel: +354 525 9900;
Fax: +354 525 9900;
The hotel is two minutes walk from the meeting venue.
To get to the meeting – see the red line on the map of the University Campus.
7 December: No special arrangement is made for meals on the day of arrival, as people will come at very different hours. There is a restaurant on the ground floor of the Hotel (called Skrúð), which serves meals at various prices until 22:00. Please note that there is a limit on the amount that can be refunded for each day for meals, and thus we ask you to be fairly frugal in your selection of food – below 25€ if possible. Restaurants in Iceland tend to be expensive, and wine even more so. Other restaurants in the centre of Reykjavik where you can get something to eat at reasonable prices are: B5, Bankastræti 5, Café Paris, Austurstræti 14, Maru restaurant, Aðalstræti 12, Cafe Cultura, Hverfisgata 18, Á næstu grösum (vegetarian), Laugavegur 20b, Grænn kostur (vegetarian), Skólavörðustíg 8b, Galileo, Hafnarstræti 1–3, Thorvaldsen bar / restaurant, Austurstræti 8–10, Café Victor, Hafnarstræti 1–3. Sólon
On Friday evening, TWGs 2 and 3 will dine at Restaurant Caruso, Thingholtsstraeti 1, and TWGs 1 and 4, 5 and 6 at Kaffi Reykjavik, Vesturgata 2. Both restaurants are within walking distance from Hotel Saga (10–15 minutes) and more detailed information on how to get there will be provided later.
The final dinner on Saturday will be at Hotel Saga.
ARRIVING FROM THE AIRPORT
Keflavik International Airport is approximately 50 km south-west of Reykjavik. Buses go regularly from the airport to Reykjavik (everyone is guaranteed transportation as the buses are timed to connect with arriving flights). The price for a single trip to Reykjavik is 1100 ISK (around 12 €) but both ways is 1900 ISK (around 21 €). You can buy tickets in the arrival hall, after customs, or from the driver, using either Icelandic money, credit cards or some foreign currency (euros, US dollars, UK pounds, and Scandinavian crowns). Please tell the driver that you are going to Hotel Saga, and the bus will take you to the hotel (you might need to change buses at the Central Coach Station in Reykjavik).
Please let the people at the hotel lobby know about the time of your departure, and they will arrange for you to be picked up by the Flybus at the hotel. For more information on the Flybus, see http://www.re.is/page.asp?id=514
PRATICAL INFORMATION ON REYKJAVIK
Weather: In short, it is impossible to predict how the weather will be in Reykjavik during your stay in Iceland. It can be icy and slippery, but rain is just as likely. The climate in Iceland is generally rather unstable, and therefore you have to be prepared for anything! In early December, normal temperatures are somewhere between -2°–+5°C.
Length of day: Due to Reykjavik’s location on the globe, the day in early December is very short. At the beginning of the second week of December, the sun rises around 11 in the morning and sets around 4 in the afternoon.
Prices and currency: Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe, as most necessities have to be imported and the market is very small. Alcoholic beverages are particularly expensive, as they are used as a source of income for the state. The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic króna (ISK), and the exchange rate at the moment is 1€ = 92 ISK. You can change currency at the airport or use ATM machines in Reykjavik.
Excursions: As most of the participants are only staying for the days of the plenary meeting, there are no tourist excursions planned for you. For those of you who are staying extra days, you can find information on excursions at www.re.is; for more information, please write to Helga at the travel agency, who has assisted us in the practical organization of the meeting (helga [at] iceman.is).
Sites with more useful information:
Tourist information for Reykjavik (with map of Reykjavik): http://www.visitreykjavik.is/
University of Iceland: www.hi.is
The National Museum (on campus): www.natmus.is
Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/europe/iceland/
For any other information, please contact Guðmundur Halfdanarson:
ghalfd [at] hi.is
Tel. +354 525 4564 / +354 899 8114
Fax. +354 525 4410