The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. Participating organizations will maintain their full institutional independence, identity
and decision-making abilities. To this end, the Arctic Circle aims to create opportunities for everyone to attend different meetings, conduct their own networking and engage in one-on-one informal discussions. Organizations will be able to decide their own agendas and convene their own meetings.
The Arctic Circle Assmblies have become the largest international gatherting on the Arctic, attended by more than 1500 participants from over 40 countries. They are held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland.
The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence.
The Arctic Circle organizes sessions on a variety of issues, such as:
The unique arts and cultural attributes of the Arctic will also be presented through a variety of performances, exhibitions and programs.
The Arctic Circle is an annual open assembly that takes place in mid-October in Reykjavík, Iceland. The annual program is designed in collaboration with partnering organizations. The Arctic Circle facilitates working meetings across issues and organizations and provides a forum for discussions hosted by different international and Arctic institutions. Following meetings, participating organizations are invited to contribute ideas for the next year's Arctic Circle assembly.
Organizations and individuals are invited to use the Arctic Circle as a
platform to extend the reach of their efforts by hosting or participating
in various meetings and sessions, announcing news of their activities
and achievements, holding informal networking meetings or showcasing
any other aspect of their important work. Their suggestions for speakers
and participants in special dialogue sessions are welcomed, and they are
also invited to send representatives who would benefit from participating.