Venue - Hótel Natur

The conference will be held at Hótel Natur in Eyjafjörður Fjord North Iceland. The venue is in the vicinity of the town of Akureyri.
Venue

Conference venue and traveling tips

Beautiful view is over almost the entire Eyjafjordur fjord from the Hotel Natur. If you're lucky you might even get to see the whales. Photo: Hotel Natur

Hótel Natur is a three star family-operated hotel in the  peaceful countryside outside of Akureyri town. Beautiful surroundings with spectacular view over the fjord Eyjafjörður and its mountains. It is situated just by the side of Road nr. 1 about 15 km east of Akureyri.

The hotel has 27 double rooms, 7 single rooms and 2 family rooms, all with a private en-suite bathroom, a TV and a broadband Internet connection. Breakfast is served in a dining hall with a view over the fjord.

By plane + inland flight or bus

International destination: Reykjavik
Airport: Keflavik Airport (KEF)
See: E.g. Dohop or Tripadvisor for easy booking and best prices

Inland fligths: From Reykjavik Airport towards Akureyri
See: Air Iceland
Traveling time: 45 min.
Transport from Akureyri Airport to Hotel Natur will be arranged for if needed. Please contact Brynjar by email, brynjar@skogur.is, or by phone, (+354) 899 8755 indicating inland flight number and sceduled arrival in Akureyri.

Public transport (bus): From Reykjavík Bus Terminal (BSÍ)
See: Journey Planner
From: BSI - To: Akureyri
Traveling time: 6 hours
Transport from Akureyri Bus Terminal to Hotel Natur will be arranged for

By car - special rentalcar offer at Europcar

See: Car Hire in Iceland
Traveling time: 5 1/2 hours
Special price for CTRE participants at Europcar. Request your deal by sending email to the address holdur@holdur.is:

In an email to Europcar Iceland, please provide the following information:

  1. Subject: CTRE2017
  2. Name of the rentee
  3. Pick-up / return location (Kef Int. Airp, Rvk, Ak)
  4. Time of pick-up and return
  5. Driving license number
  6. Type of car and whether you prefer manual or automatic

Observe: To get the discount you must book via email, NOT via the online carbooking.

How to find your way

Directions: From the capital Reykjavik follow Route 1 direction Akureyri. Arriving in Akureyri drive through the town still following Route 1. Look for the direction Egilsstaðir (turn left at an N1 gas station). After about 15 km drive from Akureyri you will see Hotel Natur on the left just by the road. The distance from Keflavik International Airport to Hotel Natur is 445 km so expect five and a half hours for the drive.

Icelandic weather

The climate of Iceland is cold oceanic in the coastal areas and tundra inland in the highlands. The island lies in the path of the North Atlantic Current, which makes its climate more temperate than would be expected for its latitude just south of the Arctic Circle. This effect is aided by the Irminger Current, which also helps to moderate the island's temperature. The weather in Iceland can be notoriously variable so bring your winter clothes and rainwear for the excursions. In September the average temperature high in Akureyri is 9.9°C (49.8F), average low 3.5°C (38.3F). Frost at night is to be expected at this time of year, snow on the mountain tops and occasionally even at lower altitudes although this is becoming rarer in recent years due to climate change. At this time of the year, mild and calm days with bright sky are also quite common. The Aurora borealis (Northern lights) is visible already in September if you are lucky and skies are bright. The night sky can be gazed at from the old silage tower which has been transformed to a viewing tower for the guests of Hotel Natur.

Icelandic money

The unit of currency used in Iceland is the Icelandic krona, ISK – Íslensk króna in Icelandic. Króna means crown.

The Icelandic word in the singular, “króna”, becomes krónur” in plural. The international currency abbreviation is ISK, but in Iceland you will see “kr.” before or after the price of things. Coin denominations are: 1 króna; 5, 10, 50, and 100 krónur. Banknotes are: 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 krónur. 

Exchange rate
The Central Bank of Iceland issues the daily rate of exchange. Information in English on the current exchange rate can be found on the website of the Central bank of Iceland

Currency exchange

All banks can exchange currency and most hotels, but you are likely to get a better rate at the bank. Some shops catering to tourists will accept payment in US dollars or Euro but not necessarily at the best rate. Almost every shop and most businesses accept Visa and MasterCard credit cards although American Express is not as common. Cards are commonly used in Iceland even for quite small transactions.

However, if you intend to visit isolated villages, or stay in rural farmhouse accommodation in Iceland, it's a good idea to carry enough cash to tide you over.

Icelandic language

When arriving in Iceland you will notice that almost everyone will be able to speak to you in English. It may even come as a surprise for you to realise that a great deal of the staff at tourist locations, restaurants, bars, hotels etc. are not locals but people from all over the world. This is due to the recent boom in tourism with the Icelandic workforce not meeting the demand. However you won't miss hearing the distinctive native Icelandic language which probably will not remind you of anything else, except for maybe occasional words.

Icelandic is a North Germanic language of Indo-European origin. Most Western European languages have greatly reduced levels of inflection, particularly noun declension. In contrast, Icelandic retains a four-case synthetic grammar comparable to, but considerably more conservative and synthetic than, German. The conservatism of the Icelandic language and its resultant near-isomorphism to Old Norse (which is equivalently termed Old Icelandic by linguists) means that modern Icelanders can easily read the Eddas, sagas, and other classic Old Norse literary works created in the tenth through thirteenth centuries.