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

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Let’s meet in Reykjavik in…

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Visit Iceland Instagram

The official Instagram of Inspired by Iceland
#inspiredbyiceland /

Winter season in Iceland is made for adventures ⛷
Who is your adventure buddy? Tag below so that you can start planning your trip together! 👏

#inspiredbyiceland #lookslikeyouneedanadventure

Lighthouses have a certain kind of charm whatever the season, don’t you agree? 😍
Iceland has over 100 lighthouses along its shores! This one is located in Garðskagi in @visitreykjanes, a photo-worthy spot that makes for a great day of exploring and breathing in that fresh ocean air 🌊

👉 Hit the save button for your future trips to Iceland! #inspiredbyiceland

This East Iceland gem is one of the highest waterfalls in the country and it is located only 30 mins away from Egilsstaðir. The landscape around the Hengifoss waterfall in @visitausturland is a real color explosion: the greens of moss, blues of water and reds of the clay between the rocks create a magical sight ✨
Fun fact: On the way to Hengifoss there is Litlanesfoss waterfall, equally picturesque! 😍 #inspiredbyiceland
📸 @lightsinn

When traveling #TheWestfjordsWay you will stumble upon many fascinating gems and the Valagil ravine is undoubtedly one of them 🤩 This spectacular ravine is built from ancient lava, giving an otherworldly feeling. It also hides a picturesque waterfall that you simply cannot miss!
Up for a short hike?
Here’s how you get to Valagil 👉Go to a parking lot 9 kilometers/6 miles south of Suðavík in @visitwestfjords and follow the path for around 40 minutes, and you’re there! 🙏🏻 #inspiredbyiceland

Relaxing, rejuvenating and unforgettable - that’s how you can describe the experience of bathing in the Secret Lagoon ✨ These thermal baths are the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, and they are located in the geothermal area near Fluðir in @southiceland. What makes the Secret Lagoon unique is the mineral water sourced from a natural hot spring.

👉 Hit the save button for your future trips to Iceland! #inspiredbyiceland

📸 @svarnar

One of the things that Iceland is famous for is definitely the cozy Icelandic wool sweater, called lopapeysa. The Icelandic lopapeysa is more than just a pretty souvenir: it’s a lifesaver in Icelandic temperatures, a truthful companion on all travels and outdoor adventures, a sustainable piece of clothing that lasts for a very long time, and finally, a stunning must-have piece, that always looks good ✨#inspiredbyiceland ...

Winter in @northiceland might be cold but seeing the beauty of the aurora makes it all worthwhile 💚
Anyone planning to visit Iceland this winter and catch the northern lights? 🤩
👉 Pro tip: Keep in mind is that although auroras can be seen from dusk till dawn, on average, they most often appear around 11 PM. So, when you are outside chasing auroras, preferably stay out between 10 PM and 1 AM, and you have a better chance of catching them! #inspiredbyiceland

Only 7 days left to enter our "Reunite in Reykjavik" contest! ⏳
If you’re from the US / Canada or the UK and have a loved one across the pond, Iceland is the perfect destination to meet (and reunite!) halfway 👏
26th November is the last day to enter - let all your friends know and find all the contest rules in the link in our bio! #inspiredbyiceland

Driving around the beautiful wild landscape of the @visitwestfjords is a great part of the Icelandic adventure 🚗 Escape the crowds and road trip to the remote peninsula where you feel like you have the whole place to yourself.
Pro tip: fly to Ísafjörður from @visitreykjavik with @icelandair and rent a car to visit charming villages around the Westfjords ⛰


Today we celebrate the Day of Icelandic Language! 🇮🇸
This day is also the birthday of a famous Icelandic poet and author Jónas Hallgrímsson 📖 What is interesting about Icelandic is that it does not usually adopt foreign words; instead, new words are created in order to keep the language free of outside influence. Til hamingju með daginn!

Happy #SinglesDay! 💙 Talk about being single - could this be the loneliest house in the world? Elliðaey is located on an island on the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago and despite a popular misconception, the house on it is not photoshopped!

Would you enjoy the peace and quiet there?

📸 @ladanivskyy


Soak into the bathing culture in Iceland 💦
Krauma geothermal spa in @westiceland is the perfect spot to rejuvenate and relax after a day full of adventures. The geothermal water at Krauma is sourced from Europe’s most powerful hot spring at a temperature of 100°C (212°F). This stunning wellness center is situated only 60 minutes from Reykjavik among picturesque mountains ⛰

👉🏻Hit the save button to include this gem in your itinerary.


We cannot imagine a more dreamy winter destination! ❄️ Floating icebergs and crystal blue water await at Jökulsárlón, the “glacial river lagoon” in @southiceland. This stunning place has been a setting for Hollywood movies, including “Die another day” and “Batman begins,” which boosted the popularity of the lagoon ✨ The lagoon is home to seals that gather in large numbers to catch fish during the winter, and who knows, maybe you will spot one! #inspiredbyiceland ...

Arts Festival

June 2022

Registration opens 15 October 2021