Aviation in the Arctic

Organized by Verkís Consulting Engineers & Air Iceland 25. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 15:30-17:00

Location: Björtuloft, Harpa Fifth Level

What are the challenges every day to operate airlines, airfields, design of airports/airfields, in this area? Focus are on more access to the artic area. Designing and construction of extension to an airport in full operation needs to focus on limit the influences on the day-to-day operation of the airport. The challenge for the design group is to find innovative ways to limit the disruption for the passengers while fulfilling the needs of the airport for expansion. 

Being a growing hub in the mid-Atlantic, Keflavik airport, with two home based carriers that rely on efficient and accessible infrastructure while providing safe and secure journey requires detailed planning to get necessary requirements for construction right as well as detailed planning due to short construction season and not to interfere with winter operations.
Designing an airport in artic climate also have to consider the weather conditions, which influence planning, and design of all apron, taxiway, runway and other outdoor constructions.



  • Árni Gunnarsson, Air Iceland: Airline operation in the Arctic
  • Stefán Friðleifsson, Verkís: Design airports in Iceland
  • Guðmundur Daði Rúnarsson, ISAVIA: Access to the North-Artic – effect on air traffic
  • Niels Grosen, Acting Managing Director and Chief Operation Officer, Greenland Airports: Running Airports in Greenland.