The Gardarsholm sets sail event was an all round success. Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, EU ambassador Timo Summa, Sweden’s ambassador Anders Ljunggren and Mayor of Norðurþing Bergur Elías Ágústsson talked about the bravery and the drive needed to forge ahead with new exciting ventures in difficult times and the dire need to focus on solutions to the massive environmental problems facing the world today. Professor Kirsten Hastrup then delved deeper into the science of these issues and how Gardarsholm can provide a platform for discussion and education on those problems. Official agreements were signed between Gardarsholm and The University of Iceland, Stockholm University and the University of Copenhagen and all this was topped up with beautiful jazzy music from Iceland’s beloved Ragnheiður Gröndal and Ylfingarnir. What is to be the conference hall of Gardarsholm’s new site in Húsavík was stretched to the limit, as local people, ministers, members of parliament and interational guests filled all seats as well as the isles but proved itself to be a very comfortable and well functioning conference hall in spite of its humble decor as all refurbishments have yet to be made to the old herring factory. A truly wonderful day and we thank all who participated and celebrated with us.
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The Gardarsholm Project will become a world centre for environmental discussion and research, linking national and international learning institutions by:
- Supporting debate, innovation and research
- Hosting lectures, seminars and debate forums
- Offering training and practice for nature guides
- Providing a unique, cross-disciplinary perspective