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  • Oct 19–21, 2018
  • Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Reykjavík, Iceland

2018 Arctic Circle Assembly


With over 2000 participants, the 2018 Assembly was the largest to date. Offering more than 140 Sessions, receptions, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

We are all ice dependent species. Every human on this planet depends upon being able to keep a certain amount of ice at our two poles.

Fran UlmerExecutive Director, United States Arctic Research Commission at the 2018 Assembly

Speakers Included

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
Prime Minister of Iceland
European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Minister of Education, Culture, Church and Foreign Affairs, Government of Greenland
Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Resources Development, Kiribati
Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles; Former Minister of the Environment, Republic of France
Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs
Senator in the Russian Federation Council, former Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States
President of Iceland 1996-2016, Chairman of Arctic Circle

China Night

Attendees of the 2018 Assembly were invited for a night of Chinese culture hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. The reception included performances by the Sichuan Art Delegation such as: Chinese ethnic dances, Face Changing of Sichuan Opera, Chinese Kong fu, and Chinese Magic.

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Organized by the Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq (Sermersooq Municipality), Greenland, the 2018 Assembly was the first to include the ICEBERG exhibition. The Sermersooq Municipality is the largest municipality in the world. Towns and settlements on the west coast are divided from the east coast by great vastness of ice, from which the municipality draws its name from.

Highlighted Videos

The Varialift Airship - Sir David King

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak Answers Questions from the Audience

"Climate Change is a Global Issue" - FM of Japan and PM of Iceland

Scott Minerd on Elon Musk and the Tech-Sector

Ségoléne Royal on the Northern Sea Route

Indigenous Dialogues at the Arctic Circle

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We need to be careful and we need to take it slowly when it comes to the opportunities in the Arctic.

Katrín JakobsdóttirPrime Minister of Iceland at the 2018 Assembly

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