Thursday, August 8, 2013

Akureyri -- Iceland's Arctic capital

We paid a visit to three institutions in Akureyri which are dedicated to either the study of the region or to the advancement of Iceland's interests in the Arctic. The venerable Stefansson Arctic Institute continues to make great strides in advancing Arctic studies and strengthening links to other academic institutions. The newly established Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network is building a platform to bring together all Icelandic entities engaged in Arctic matters.

The most recent addition is the Arctic Services/Eyjafjordur Business Development Agency which is a consortium of some of Iceland's top business and engineering firms dedicated to establishing a base of services in support of Arctic investments. The United States is ready to partner with all these institutions.