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Practical information


Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is home to a progressive and peaceful nation that has formed a modern society where freedom and equality are held in high regard. Iceland continuously ranks near the top for measurements of quality of life, gender equality, and democracy and is one of the highest ranked countries in the world for health care, education and internet availability.

Iceland is a country of extreme geological contrasts. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland is home to the largest glacier in Europe, and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. Long summer days with near 24-hours of sunshine are offset by short winter days with only a few hours of daylight.

The cornerstone of Icelandic culture is the Icelandic language, which has spawned a literary tradition that dates back to the ancient Icelandic Sagas. These are tales of violent blood feuds, traditions, family, and character. A strong literary tradition still thrives in modern Iceland. Icelandic authors publish more books per capita than any other country in the world. Iceland also boasts a prospering music scene, a burgeoning film industry, and Icelandic design is coming of age.

  • Language: Icelandic. English is widely spoken and understood.
  • Currency: The Icelandic króna (plural krónur) – ISK.
  • Time: Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year.
  • Size: 103.000 km2 (40.00 sq. miles), slightly bigger than Hungary and Portugal, and slightly smaller than Cuba.
  • Population: 325,000 (January 2014). Median age is 35.6 years.
  • Capital city: Reykjavik. The largest municipalities are Reykjavik* (118,000); Kópavogur* (30,000); Hafnarfjörður* (25,000); Akureyri (17,000); Reykjanesbær (14,000). *Cities in the capital region.
  • Government: Parliamentary constitutional republic.
  • Religion: Predominantly Christian
  • Glaciers: Glaciers cover 11,922 km2 (4,600 sq. miles) of the island’s surface. Vatnajokull National Park is the largest national park in Europe.
  • Highest point: Hvannadalshnjúkur peak 2,110 m.
  • Natural resources: Fish, hydropower, geothermal energy.
  • Flag: Blue with a red cross outlined in white. The colors are symbolic for Iceland: red is for the volcanic fires, white recalls the snow and glaciers, and blue is for the skies above.

Iceland is conveniently located between Europe and the east coast of the United States of America. Travel time is about 5-6 hours by flight from the USA and 2-4 hours from Europe.

Icelandair is the national carrier and there are multiple alternative carriers servicing Keflavik airport, Iceland’s main international airport.


WLGF maximises sustainability, and has the ambition of being carbon-neutral.

We have partnered up with Airport Direct who has an existing program of airport shuttles to provide bus transfers for our Conversationists from Keflavík airport to the following hotels on Monday 18th until 14.00h:

  • Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
  • Icelandair Hotel Natura
  • Canopy by Hilton
  • Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
  • Reykjavik Konsúlant Hotel by Hilton

The transfers leave every hour from Keflavík Airport and transfer time into Reykjavík is around 50min. Please check in with the Airport Direct transfer desk in the Arrivals lounge to receive your complimentary bus voucher.

WLGF will only provide airport transfers on the 18th until 14.00. If you arrive at other times you will be able to purchase your bus ticket from Airport Direct or make other arrangements. There is no pre-booking necessary for the bus service.

Should you want to book a private car or if you need further information on transportation please contact

Please note that you will have to make your own travel arrangements back to the airport. Your hotel will be able to help you with this.


We want to confirm, that WLGF will not be providing shuttle busses within Reykjavík so it is up to each Conversationist to get to and from Harpa.

The exception to this is a transfer to / from Bessastaðir. Shuttle busses will be leaving from Harpa to take all conversationists to Bessastaðir on the 18th at 15.30.


Hotel booking links and location map will be added here by mid July.


For information on passport and visa requirements as well as the Schengen area regulations, visit the website of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration

Should you need an invitation letter for your visa, please contact us at

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee
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  • Ann Cairns

    Vice Chairman, Mastercard

  • Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

    Chair of the WPL Executive Board

  • Kristín Árnadóttir

    Ambassador Special Envoy for Gender Equality of Iceland, (on behalf of Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland)

  • Michele Parmelee

    Deloitte Global Chief People and Purpose Officer

  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin

    President of WPL

  • Victoria Budson

    Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School

OUR Team

  • Angela Lowe – Programme & Communities Manager

    Brussels Office

  • Assita Kanko – Special Senior Advisor

  • Dee Thomsen – Managing Director

    Reykjavík Office

  • Dominic Nieper – Managing Director

    Reykjavík Office

  • Eric Ortiz – Creative Design Manager

    Brussels Office

  • Erik Boman – Accountant

    Brussels Office

  • Eyrún Þorsdottir – Intern

    Reykjavík Office

  • Fatema Das – Programme Advisor

  • Gioconda Carrera Herrera – Programme Director

    Brussels Office

  • Helga Arnardottir – Press Officer

    Reykjavík Office

  • Helia Nazari – Campaign Manager

    Brussels Office

  • Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir – Special Programme Advisor

    Reykjavík Office

  • Lilja Dögg – Advisor

    Reykjavík Office

  • Lucia de Luca – Communication Director

    Brussels Office

  • Maneeha Chowdhury – Project Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Raluca Ciocian-Ardeleanum – Social Media Manager

    Brussels Office

  • Rebecca Zammit – Project Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Rick Zedník – Managing Director

    Brussels Office

  • Ross Melzer – Partnerships Director

    Brussels Office

  • Sigthruður Armann – WPL Iceland Summit Ambassador/ Coordinator

    Reykjavík Office

  • Suenia Lagares – Operations Director

    Brussels Office