Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe
Third Nordic-Hawaii Summer School
Iceland, 1 - 13 July 2015


The first and third (lectured) parts of the school will be held at Grand Hotel Reykjavik. Lecturers will be accommodated in single rooms at the conference venue, whereas students will be housed in quadruple or double rooms at the very well-equipped Laugardalur Youth Hostel (10 mins walk) from the venue. In the mid of the course, a 7-days stay in inner Iceland (Eyjafjallajökull area) will be undertaken.

This second part of the summer schoool will take place at Hvolsvöllur in Southern Iceland. During that part, all participants (lecturers and students) will live at Hotel Hvolsvöllur. Students will be housed in en-suite double rooms whereas lecturers will be placed in single rooms

Further information about the venue, the meals and the access are given below.


Check-in (i. e picking up you conference material) is possible at the following dates and times:

However, your rooms might not be ready before 15:00. Luggage storage is available at all hotels and Laugardalur Youth Hostel though.


Laugardalur Youth Hostel (for students during the first and third part)
The Laugardalur City Hostel is located near a large geothermal swimming pool 15 min by bus (number 14, every 30 minutes during the day) from the city centre and a 10 minutes walk from the lecture venue. The front desk staff is available 24 hours a day (this does not hold for the summer school organisers). Free Wifi in the lobby. Laundry facilities (2 washing machies 2 driers) and luggage storage units are in the cellar. A padlock (around ISK 1000,-) can be bought, but you can also bring your own. There are basic stores available near the hostel for daily needs and toiletries. Linen can be rented (on the cost of the summer school), but you are welcome to bring your own sleeping bag if you wish. The hostel is close to the Laugardalur park with its spa. Rooms are not too large, so please do not bring your whole household with you.

The front desk is manned between 08:00 to 24:00. Between 00:00 and 08:00 there is a night guard that answers the door bell.

Address: Sundlaugavegur 34, IS-105 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354-553-8110
Fax: +354-553-8110
e-mail: reykjavikcity@hostel.is
GPS coordinates: 64° 8,793'N, 21° 52,483'W

We have reserved accommodation for participants from the evening of 30 June to the morning of 14 July. For people with very long travels we have also made some reservations for the night from 29 June to 30 June (to avoid to force them to attend the first lectures in a kind of zombie state). These places are however, limited and will be allocated preferably to attendees from outside Europe on a strict first come-first serve basis. If you want to extend your stay beyond the mentioned dates you should contact the hostel directly (see above for phone number and e-mail).

There are two youth hostels in Reykjavik. Please make sure you arrive at the City Hostel and NOT the Downtown Hostel. With bus and taxi drivers it is a good idea to refer to the Laugardalur hostel.

Grand Hotel (for lecturers during the first and third part)
Not as posh as the name suggests, but the Grand Hotel is a nice place to stay. The hotel is situated in a quiet area within a short distance from all services,recreation and business centres. All of the hotel 312 rooms are very spacious and equipped with en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, satellite TV, mini-bar, hair dryer, iron & iron board, coffee & tea making facilities and a safe. Rooms with facilities for disabled persons are also available, and adjoining rooms (walk-through) are available upon request. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Video and teleconferencing rooms are available. Free Wifi in the lobby.

Address: Sigtún 38, IS-105 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354-514 8000
Fax: +354 514 8030
E-mail: info@grand.is

Hotel Hvolsvöllur (for all participants during the second part)
Hotel Hvolsvöllur is situated in the village with the same name. Lecturers will be housed in single rooms whereas students will live in en-suite double rooms. The hotel offers free wireless. Laundry service is available for ISK 1500,- per bag. Waiting times depend on machine availability and staff workload. Although Hvolsvöllur is small, there are amenities like shops, petrol stations, a geothermal swimming pool, a pharmacy and a post office and a cafe.

Address: Hlíđarvegur 7, IS-860 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
Phone: +354-487 8050
Fax: +354-487 8058
E-mail: info@hotelhvolsvöllur.is

During the sampling we will probably stay for one night in Hotel Vestmannaeyjar in Heimaey. Also herein students will be housed in double rooms and lecturers in single rooms.

Address:Vestmannabraut 28, IS-900 Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Phone: +354 481 2900
Fax: +354 481 1696
E-mail: booking@hotelvestmannaeyjar.is

Lectures and poster session

Lectures during the first and third part of the summer school in Reykjavik will be taking place in the room Háteigur A at Grand Hotel . Poster sessions will be in Gullteigur room on the ground floor of Grand Hotel . Check the Programme page for further infos about the the poster sessions.

To access the Grand Hotel from Laugardalur Youth Hostel leave the hostel through the main exit and turn left on Sundlaugavegur. After 500 m turn left onto Hrisateigur and follow the lane until its end (250m). Carry on straight through a small green area until you reach a larger road (Kringlumyrabraut) at your right after 100m. Follow this road to the left, Grand Hotel is 100m further on your left.

Lectures during the second part at Hotel Hvolsvöllur will be held in one of the lecture rooms at the hotel (adjacent to the dining room).


Breakfast will be served at the place where you live. Lunches will be at Grand Hotel (Reykjavik) and Hotel Hvolsvöllur in Hvolsvöllur. For dinners check the programme. During excursions there will be packed lunches.

Sampling at lava field Glacier excursion Sampling at hot springs