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 /

We can never get enough of waterfalls in Iceland! 🤩 The stunning Aldeyjarfoss is located off the beaten path in @northiceland, about 41 kms into the valley of Bárðardalur. Surrounded by uniquely shaped basalt stone columns, the waterfall leaves you in awe of its natural beauty.
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📸 @ronald_soethje

Happy ‘First Day of Winter’ in Iceland! ❄️ Today is the official ‘First Day of Winter’ in Iceland according to the old Norse calendar. We couldn’t be more excited about the winter activities! Iceland offers so many fun ones, such as dog sledding, ice cave tours, snowmobiling, skiing, and of course, Northern Lights hunting!

What are your travel plans for this winter? 🧳🌨

Who do you want to reunite with in Reykjavík? 👭
For too long, we have been separated from friends and family, especially those who live across the world. That's why @visitreykjavik wants to help you reconnect with your loved ones in Reykjavík!💙

We're excited to offer you the chance to participate in our "Reunite in Reykjavik" contest for a chance to win👇
✈️ Complimentary flights via Icelandair.
🛏 Accommodations for three nights in the city center (including breakfast) at Center Hotels, Keahotels or Radisson Blue 1919 Hotel (via gift card).
🏙 72-hour Reykjavík City Card.

→ Head to the link in bio to participate!
→ The submission deadline is until November 26.

This mysterious stone monument located in @visitreykjanes is called Staðarborg and it’s several hundred years old. Its exact age remains unknown but the legend says it was built by a man named Gudmundur. The construction was skillfully constructed with flat lava rocks. What is the purpose of it? It served as a sheep shelter!

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Breathtaking landscapes are around every bend in @visitwestfjords ⛰
The Westfjords way is a touring route that navigates you 950 km through the Westfjords’ rough and dramatic landscape. This route is filled with twists and turns in every sense of the word and will give you a taste of what Iceland off the beaten track has to offer.

📸 @_gabrielferrier


Did you know that bathing in the geothermal waters is a rich tradition amongst Icelanders? 💦
After spending the day out exploring, it’s perfect to relax and rejuvenate in Iceland’s only floating pools @vokbaths, overlooking the gorgeous Urriðavatn lake in @visitausturland. Fun fact: the shape of the pools were inspired by ice-free patches on the lake ice, created by the hot springs in the lake ❄️


Djúpavatn, Spákonuvatn and Arnarvatn are three crater lakes located in the geopark of @visitreykjanes. These beautifully situated lakes make a perfect destination for a hike with a moderately easy level 🥾
Wondering what makes the area so colorful? It is the high-temperature alteration of the bedrock and several steam vents, small hot water springs and bubbling mud pools.

Love to travel but also want to take care of the planet? Here are 5 sustainable travel trips 🧳👇
▪️ Pack light and compensate for the carbon footprint of your travels locally
▪️ Slow down your travels and stay for longer
▪️ Use public transport or rent fossil-fuel-free vehicles
▪️ Travel during the off-season and explore regions closely
▪️ Choose locally made products and services from local businesses


Bolungarvík in the @westfjords is a small town packed with history and folklore and a perfect destination for fishing, hiking or bird watching! It is also home to a beautiful Hólskirkja church, one of over 350 churches in Iceland ⛪️
Do you have a favourite church in Iceland?


One of Iceland’s most famous landmarks - the majestic black sand beach located in @southiceland 🤩
The Reynisfjara beach will delight you with its raw beauty and pure power of nature. The basalt rock formations visible from the coast have a story behind them in Icelandic folklore 📖 According to the tales, these rocks were once trolls trying to pull a ship to the shore. They were surprised by sunlight that turned them into stone.

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*Please note → We kindly remind anyone who wishes to visit this wonderful location to stay safe and follow guidelines!


📸 @withluke

Take a walk on a stone bridge.. 🚶‍♀️
@westiceland Iceland is packed with gems not to be missed and this stone bridge is surely one of them! Located near the village of Arnarstapi, an old fishing hub, the stone arch makes a beautiful spot for photographers and nature lovers 💚

📸 @syang

Did you know the owner of this house still spends her summers there? 💚
This picturesque turf house is called Lindabakki and is located in the village Borgarfjordur Eystri, @visitausturland, which is famous for its history and unique beauty. Icelanders used to live in turf houses in the old days and they were an integral part of our architectural heritage before they were gradually replaced by more modern houses - but no worries! You can still find plenty of turf houses all over Iceland 🇮🇸

Perhaps the most isolated lighthouse in the world? The lighthouse, Þrídrangaviti is located near the Westman Islands in @southiceland Iceland and was built in 1939, without any use of helicopters! Today the lighthouse is accessible only by helicopter 🚁
Fun fact: Þrídrangaviti was an inspiration for Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s crime novel “Why did you lie?”. We cannot imagine a more perfect setting for a crime story! 👻

📸 @erychist

Secluded in the beautiful @northiceland lies Dalvík, a vibrant village known for its delicious seafood, and also a perfect destination for whale watching, skiing, or hiking, with spectacular views from above like this one🔝


Arts Festival

June 2022

Registration opens 15 October 2021