Summer school
"Biosignatures and the Search for Life on Mars "
Iceland, 4 - 16 July 2016

The first part 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. This also holds for the last night of the summer school (16th to 17th July). In the mid of the course, a 7-days stay in Northern Iceland (Akureyri and Myvatn area) will be undertaken.

The second and fourth part of the summer schoool will take place at the Akureyri Grammar School in Northern Iceland. During those parts, students will live at Sæluhus Holiday Houses. Students will be housed in en-suite houses for six or triple studios. Lecturers will be placed in single rooms at Hotel Edda Akureyri. The third (excursion) part will take place in the Myvatn area. Here, students and lecturers will live at the Dimmuborgir Guest house. Students will live in houses of four and lecturers in single rooms. The last night will be in Reykjavik again

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 accommodations and Laugardalur Youth Hostel though.

Laugardalur Youth Hostel (for students during the first and part and the final night)
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
GPS coordinates: 64° 8,793'N, 21° 52,483'W

We have reserved accommodation for participants from the evening of 3 July to the morning of 17 July. For people with very long travels we have also made some reservations for the night from 2 July to 3 July (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. Also, you have to pay for this stay. 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 NEITHER the Downtown NOR the Loft 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

Sæluhus Appartments (for students during the second and fourth part)
Sæluhus Appartments are situated in the upper part of the town of Akureyri. Rooms and houses have en-suite facilities. The hotel offers free laundry service however, there is only one common machine. There are 3 machines in the houses we rented though Kitchen facilities including a fridge, dishwasher, stove and microwave.
Address: Sunnutröð IS-600 Akureyri, Iceland
Phone: +354 412 0800

Hotel Edda Akureyri (for lecturers during the second and fourth part)
Hotel Edda Akureyri is also situated in the upper part of the town of Akureyri.
Address: Þorunnarstræti, IS-600 Akureyri, Iceland
Phone: +354 444 4900

Dimmuborgir Guest House (for lecturers and students during the third part)
Dimmuborgir is situated close to Lake Myvatn.
Address: Þjoðvegur, Mývatn, Iceland
Phone: +354 464 4210

Lectures and poster session
Lectures during the first and fourst 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 and fourth part will be at Akureyri Grammar School. To get to the Akureyri Grammar School from Saeluhus Apartmernts: Walk out past the front desk to the road. Turn right and walk along a left bend past the hospital at a T junction turn right and after 100 metres you see the entrance of the Botanical Garden. Walk in and continue straight ahead. After 50m you see Laut cafe on the right. To get to the lecture venue exit the cafe, turn right and continue for another 100m then follow the path slightly left until you reach another gate of the garden. Exit the garden and walk up a small flight of stairs, then walk across the car park towards Hotel Edda. When you reach the flagpoles at the entrance you turn right walking down a small ramp. You will see a blue building down on the right. There the lectures will be held in the main room.

Breakfast will be served at the place where you live. The only exception is for the students at Saeluhus. The breakfast is served for them at Laut coffee house in the Botanical Garden (see above for directios). For lunches and dinners check the programme. During excursions there can be packed lunches.

Hverfjall cinder cone Barðabunga lava field Kerlingarfjöll hot spring area