Reykjavík, June 2021

Welcome to Reykjavík, the meeting place in the middle.
We are looking forward to an uplifting and constructive post pandemic era and welcome you to explore the growth of this website as we get closer to RIWC 2022.

Here you will, in due time, find all the information about how you can be part of this special event, and experience the unforgettable nature and bright summer nights in Iceland.

Together with the organizer of the Nordic Ophthalmology Congress 2022, we are preparing for a unique experience at a parallel event in the field of ophthalmology and research.

The RIWC2022 will be held at the same time and venue as NOK2022, is taking place. That will make this a very rare opportunity.

Please reserve June 9 – 11 for RIWC 2022 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Being a part of a Retina International World Congress is an unique experience in optimism and inspiration – generated by bringing together some of the world’s foremost retinal scientists and clinicians along with the global leaders in patient advocacy and peer support.

On behalf of Retina Iceland and the organizing committee, we welcome you to Reykjavík in June 2022.

Sigþór U. Hallfreðsson, Chairman of Retina Iceland and the Icelandic Association of the visually impaired
Helgi Hjörvar, Chairman of the organizing committee.
Kristinn H. Einarsson, CEO, Icelandic Association of the visually impaired.

Organizing Committee

Chair: Helgi Hjörvar
Kristinn Halldór Einarsson
Sigþór U. Hallfreðsson

Scientific Committee

Chair: Prof. Ragnheiður Bragadóttir
University of Oslo. Department of Ophthalmology

Prof. Einar Stefánsson MD, PHD
National Hospital Reykjavík, University of Iceland, Department of Ophthalmology

Prof. Jón Jóhannes Jónsson
Chair of Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at Landspítali University Hospital

Ms. Sigrídur Masdottir
Head ophthalmologist at the Institution for the blind in Iceland

Mr. Sveinn Hákon Harðarson
Ass.Professor in ophthalmology at the University of Iceland

Prof. Thor Eysteinsson
Professor of neurophysiology at the University of Iceland

Ms. Christina Fasser
President of Retina International.

Introductory videos

Please check out the official welcome video for RIWC 2022 prepared by Meet in Reykjavik, the official Visit Reykjavik trailer – and an amazing and fun-filled trailer representing our amazing RIWC meeting venue; Harpa Conference and Concert centre.

Welcome to Iceland
RIWC 2022 trailer by Meet in Reykjavik

Welcome to Reykjavík
Official trailer for the city of Reykjavík
#visitreykjavik #reykjavikloves

Your meeting place in Reykjavík

Important dates

  • 15 October 2021 – Call for abstracts

  • 15 October 2021 – Registration opens

  • 1 February 2022 – Deadline for submission of abstract

  • 1 March 2022 – Notification of acceptance of abstract

  • 15 March 2022 – Deadline for early-bird registration

  • 15 April 2022 – Deadline cancellation refund

  • 9 – 11 June 2022 – Congress

Let’s meet in Reykjavik in…

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We’re gliding above the stunning Westman Islands today, shot by @jonfromiceland 🤩

The Westman Islands, or Vestmannaeyjar have a beautiful and varied landscape, unique flora and are an excellent site for sailing, hunting and birdwatching. Off the south coast of Iceland, the Westman Islands are an archipelago that consists of 4 small islands and 11 large ones, of which Heimaey is the only one inhabited. If you want to go somewhere in Iceland that is new and unique, we highly recommend visiting the @westmanislands 👌
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 💙 @southiceland #inspiredbyiceland

There's no shortage of stunning spots at @visitausturland 💚🌲
Beautiful Hallormsstaðaskógur is Iceland’s largest forest. The country’s national forest has been preserved since 1905, and it covers about 740 hectares of land. Hallormsstaðaskógur is surely worth a visit as it holds picturesque hiking trails, waterfalls, and an arboretum. There are two camping areas in the forest: Atlavík, which is located in a picturesque cove surrounded by birch woods, and Höfðavík that provides a higher level of services for campers. #inspiredbyiceland

Have you visited any churches while in Iceland? ⛪️
The unique ‘Saurbæjarkirkja’ is an isolated church located close to the famous Rauðasandur beach. Surrounded by dramatic landscape, the church is a real treat for avid photographers. With a remarkable history, being rebuilt from another church, Saurbæjarkirkja makes an interesting stop during your trip around the @visitwestfjords. #inspiredbyiceland #thewestfjordsway

Next stop: the picturesque Glanni waterfall in Borgarfjord📍😍
Glanni waterfall is definitely a wonder you should not miss when traveling in @westiceland. You can spot fish jumping around the waterfall during the season, getting from one pool to the other 🐟 If you are lucky enough, you might also see elves or trolls said to inhabit this area! #inspiredbyiceland
📸 @arembish

Can you imagine a more picturesque pier? 🤩
Holtsbryggja pier stands on a beautiful sandy beach in the town of Flateyri in @visitwestfjords. Surrounded by the majestic Önundarfjordur, it is a photographer’s dream spot, no matter the weather! The water around the fjord sparkles in the sunshine, while the mist gives the place a gloomy but mystical feeling.

Have you been to the Westfjords in Iceland? ✨

👉🏻 Hit the save button for your future trips to the dreamy Westfjords in Iceland! #inspiredbyiceland

📸 @giocodias

Share your favorite Iceland adventure with us! 💬💙
What we love about the social media platform is finding travel inspiration and ideas from others that share their experiences! 🙌
Share your favorite Iceland moment in the comments below and who knows, it might inspire others for their future trips to Iceland 📍🗺🧳 #inspiredbyiceland

Have you heard of the wyrm living in the Lagarfjlót lake, located near Egilsstaðir? 🤔

Discover the mystery of the mystical beast of which tales date back to 1345 at @visitausturland! The Lagarfljót Wyrm is a distant cousin of the Loch Ness monster, and it is an ancient part of local folklore. The Icelandic beast is said to be a serpent spitting out venom and living at the bottom of Lagarfljót. But do not worry, the only proof of living creatures in the lake are the trout that you can go fishing for while sightseeing East Iceland #inspiredbyiceland

The bright orange Hopsnes lighthouse matching beautifully with the clear blue sky 😍
If you’re into colorful and unique lighthouses, The Hopsnes lighthouse is the perfect stop during your travels around @visitreykjanes 🧡

Dive in the clearest water on Earth in Silfra, a fissure between two continents! 🌍💦 Situated between the European and North American tectonic plates, Silfra is one of the top places in the world to dive. Underneath the surface, you can admire a mesmerizing world of astonishing natural beauty. What makes the water so crystal clear? Because lava rocks filter the glacial water in the fissure. It also has a constant temperature throughout the year, which makes this an all-year-round activity.

Who would you take with you on this diving adventure in Silfra fissure? 🤩
@southiceland #inspiredbyiceland

📸 @timandfin

Icelandic actress @raggaragnars is currently traveling all over Iceland, exploring natural wonders, waterfalls, geothermal pools and more. She will be taking over our IG stories tomorrow and share moments from the journey. Stay tuned tomorrow and follow along for her Iceland adventure! 💙🙌 #inspiredbyiceland

📸 @gauihpicx

Experience a part of the Icelandic culture during summertime and immerse yourself in the country's nature by falling asleep under a mountain or surrounded by a fjord at one of Iceland's many campsites ⛺️

Here are a few guidelines for those who wish to camp in Iceland:

▪️ Ensure you know how your essentials work, such as how to set up your tent or use a gas cooker.
▪️ Make sure you choose designated campsites.
▪️ Respect the wilderness of nature and avoid leaving behind any waste.
▪️ Ensure you travel with enough food and water, have a charged phone in case of an emergency and possess several layers of warm clothes as the nights can get cold.


Get ready for breathtaking views in the spectacular Icelandic wilderness! 🏔🙏 The Highlands are a vast area in the Icelandic interior, famous for its numerous hiking trails. On the way, you will discover diverse colors of the landscape: the blue of the water, orange of the earth, and black of the lava. It does not get more off-the-beaten-track than this, so Highlands is the way to go if you are looking to escape the crowds.

Who would you go hiking with to the Highlands? 🥾

Welcome to Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland 🙌
The town is located next to the country’s main ring road with nearby attractions like Reynisfjara black beach along with Reynisdrangar sea stacks, that are visible in the background and then of course, Mýrdalsjökull glacier where the famous Katla volcano hides underneath.
The new Icelandic TV series ‘Katla’, that dropped recently on Netflix, take place in the village Vík where the population are experiencing mysterious incidents after the eruption of the volcano Katla 🌋

Have you watched ‘Katla’ yet? 🤩


We’re loving this pastel perfection in @visitreykjavik 🌅 Summer in Iceland is unique for many reasons, and one of them are the long days filled with sunshine!

Are you planning to visit Iceland this summer? 🤗 #inspiredbyiceland
📸 @gardarolafsphotography

Arts Festival

June 2022

Registration opens 15 October 2021