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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Visit Iceland Instagram

The official Instagram of Inspired by Iceland
#inspiredbyiceland /

We’re obsessed with this fascinating phenomenon 💙 You’re looking over Svínafellsjökull, one of many glacial tongues of the Vatnajökull glacier. Whether you would like to witness the beauty of this powerful landscape or tick ice climbing off your bucket list, it’s definitely a must-visit spot when traveling in @vatnajokull_national_park in @southiceland ❄️

📸 @josefwittibschlager

We can sit all day admiring this breathtaking view at the majestic Mount Bjólfur in Seyðisfjörður, @visitausturland 🏔️ ​Who would you share this view with? 💙 ...

Laying on the water's edge, our eyes met in mist.
For a moment we were both frozen and then thawed again.
What flowed between us, a dense mix of curiosity amidst the haze.
Eternally linked, tangency secure, we now knew each other's gaze.

Portrait and poem by: @donalboyd. He has been taking over the @horsesoficeland account for the past few days, posting portraits, reflections, and short poems from his photo session at Seljalandsfoss waterfall with horses from @islandshestar. We recommend checking out his work @horsesoficeland 😍✨

After summer days filled with the Midnight Sun, there comes a season for the awaited Northern Lights 🤩

Iceland is among the best places in the world to enjoy this natural phenomenon. Armed with a little bit of knowledge, warm clothes, and patience, you can multiply your chances of seeing them while traveling!

✨ Head to the link in bio to discover everything you need to know about the Northern Lights and tips on how to hunt for them! #inspiredbyiceland

📸 @dannytkaze

Dreams come ‘blue’ at the Blue Lagoon 💙 Who would you take to the world famous geothermal spa? @visitreykjanes #inspiredbyicelaand ...

Takeover with @kyanasue at the sheep roundup starts tomorrow! 👏

The annual sheep round-up or Réttir is a collective effort of farmers, landowners, and communities to locate and herd the sheep back to large pens to sort them back to their farms before the snow flies. Kyana Sue went to the event this weekend and will be giving you a glimpse into the event on our IG story tomorrow!

While you wait, head to the link in our bio if you’re curious to know what Réttir is all about 🐑

September is the time of the year when Réttir, the annual sheep roundup event, takes place in Iceland! 🐑 Farmers, with the support of local communities, retrieve the sheep from the mountains, where they roam free during the summer. The sheep are gathered in large sheepcotes, then divided and sorted according to each farmer’s distinct markings. After that, the animals are placed in farmhouses to be safe and warm for winter.

👉 Head to the link in bio to read all about Réttir!
@kyanasue will also take over our Instagram story the following Monday and Tuesday and give you a glimpse into the event - so stay tuned! 👏

There's nothing quite like strolling through the streets of downtown @visitreykjavik and admiring the various architectural gems, like the beautiful Government House or Stjórnarráðshúsið in Icelandic.

Originally built as a prison, it now holds the offices of the Prime Minister. It is also worth taking a look at statues in front of Stjórnarráðshúsið, as they are the work of Einar Jónsson. One depicts King Christian IX handing over the constitution in 1874, and the other Hannes Hafstein, who became the country's first minister in 1904. The Government House is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, so it's hard to miss it! 🧡 #inspiredbyiceland

📸 @icelandwithaview

Explore Iceland from a different perspective - perhaps, from the saddle of your bike! 🚴‍♀️ Iceland offers numerous exciting trails all around the country on different levels of difficulty.

A few good points to keep in mind before you head on your bicycle adventure in Iceland:
✔️ Make sure to wear a helmet;
✔️ Bring protective layers of clothing;
✔️ Let someone know about your plans;
✔️ Bring a GPS and a map with you,
✔️ Take care of the delicate nature.

Would you go on a bike tour in Iceland? 🤩 #inspiredbyiceland

Looks like we’ve found our next spot in @visitausturland to put on our itinerary 😍
Located only 30 minute drive away from the town Egilsstadir, Litlanesfoss is some of East Iceland’s spectacular waterfalls, surrounded by unusual basalt columns with a majestic cathedral-like look. It’s one of the tallest waterfalls in the country, or around 30 meters (98 ft) tall. #inspiredbyiceland

Grænihryggur is spectacular from any angle, but it’s seriously next level from the air 🤩 @jonfromiceland captured this wild shot of Grænihryggur, which is part of the famous Landmannalaugar, a vast and untouched highlands area in the interior of @southiceland. The unreal turquoise rock formations along the hiking trail that are truly an astonishing sight. The divalent iron creates this nature’s wonder and gives the mountain this mesmerizing color.

👉🏻 Hit the “save” button to put this gem on your itinerary! #inspiredbyiceland

This majestic rock formation located in @northiceland has a unique shape that makes it a perfect spot to visit. The 15 meters (49ft) high basalt monolith is part of the Vatnsnes Peninsula, a well-known seal-watching place. The closest town, Hvammstangi, has a seal centre that you can visit and learn more about these fascinating animals.

What does this rock formation remind you of? 🤔 #inspiredbyiceland

📸 @kevin._.pages

Witness a true power of nature in Reykholt, @westiceland 🙌🏻 Deildartunguhver is the most powerful hot spring in Europe, producing 200 liters of boiling water per second. The water temperature is a constant 97 degrees Celsius (207 degrees Fahrenheit) and is used to heat up the Icelandic homes in the nearby area. It’s also the perfect energy source for the neighboring geothermal baths, @kraumageothermal. #inspiredbyiceland ...

Any geology fans out there? Then Hljódaklettar is an exciting spot in @northiceland that awaits your visit! 🙌🏻
Hljódaklettar means “Echo rocks” in Icelandic - the name derives from eerie echo sounds you can hear in uncommon caves of these rock formations. Fun tip: you will find secluded hiking trails around Hljódaklettar, perfect to unwind and feel a connection to nature. The uniqueness of this geological wonder will surely leave you in awe! #inspiredbyiceland

Arts Festival

June 2022

Registration opens 15 October 2021