The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. 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. 

The annual Arctic Circle Assembly has become the largest international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is 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 Greenland and Québec. 

The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations, governmental bodies 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 while maintaining their institutional independence.



The Arctic Circle organizes sessions on a variety of issues, such as:

  • Sea ice melt and extreme weather
  • Polar law: treaties and agreements
  • The role and rights of indigenous peoples
  • Security in the Arctic
  • Shipping and transportation infrastructure
  • Circumpolar Health and Well Being 
  • Arctic ecosystems and marine science
  • The prospects and risks of oil and gas drilling
  • Clean energy achievements and sustainable development
  • Mineral resources
  • Business cooperation in the Arctic
  • The role of Asian and European countries in the Arctic
  • Fisheries and living resources
  • Geology and glaciology
  • Arctic tourism
  • The ice-dependent world: the Arctic and the Himalayas
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A variety of performances, exhibitions and programs present the unique arts and cultural attributes of the Arctic at the annual Assembly each October in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The Assembly 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.

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