Arctic Circle event

Iceland hosts the largest international gathering on the Arctic

It is that time again, as every October, delegates and interested parties gather in Iceland to discuss the matters of the Arctic.

The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. Participating organizations will maintain their full institutional independence, identity and decision-making abilities. To this end, the Arctic Circle aims to create opportunities for everyone to attend different meetings, conduct their own networking and engage in one-on-one informal discussions.

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Marorkas Chairman of the Board and founder of Marorka, Jon Agust Thorsteinsson is presenting at three events this year at the Arctic Circle.
Jon Agust Thorsteinsson holds a Ph.D. in engineering from the Institute of Energy Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Dr Thorsteinsson has been involved in pioneering research and development projects in the field of energy management processes since 1997. On bases of his research he founded Marorka in 2002 – a leading, award-winning provider of energy management solutions for the maritime industry – and served as its CEO from 2002 until January 2013 when he assumed the role of Chairman of the Board for the company. On bases of his interest for energy efficiency and emission management he co-founded and funded ARK Technology ehf., that develop technology for ship port emission control in 2013.


The annual Arctic Circle Assembly has become the largest international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland.

The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence.

The Arctic Circle organizes sessions on a variety of issues, such as:

  • Sea ice melt and extreme weather
  • Polar law: treaties and agreements
  • The role and rights of indigenous peoples
  • Security in the Arctic
  • Shipping and transportation infrastructure
  • Circumpolar Health and Well Being
  • The prospects and risks of oil and gas drilling
  • Clean energy achievements and sustainable development
  • Arctic resources
  • Business cooperation in the Arctic
  • The role of Asian and European countries in the Arctic
  • Greenland in the new Arctic
  • Fisheries and ecosystem management
  • The science of ice: global research cooperation
  • Arctic tourism
  • The ice-dependent world: the Arctic and the Himalayas

The unique arts and cultural attributes of the Arctic will also be presented through a variety of performances, exhibitions and programs.

Marorka is committed to the environmental aspect of emission control and monitoring in the Arctic and is taking part and in bringing together institutes and companies from both public and private sector in Iceland through OCEANA, ICELANDIC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: CUTTING EMISSIONS IN ARCTIC WATERS.

The program of the Arctic Circle Assembly, as well as further information on the Arctic Circle, can be found on the website
Furthermore you can follow the Arctic Circle on social media #arcticcircle2015