Final SAINT Project Meeting and Conference in Hofn, Iceland with an Opening Address from the Icelandic First Lady

The final SAINT project partner meeting was held on the 12th and 13th of March in Hofn, South-East Iceland. Businesses involved in the case study attended from each country, along with partners, and participated in meetings (with discussions on the case study report, indigenous communities as part of Two-Eyed Seeing, and the project legacy) as well as slow adventure activities including ice cave tours and glacier walking. Providers included From Coast To Mountains; Ice Guide; Hofn Local Guide; and South East ehf.

Some spectacular local produce was enjoyed, including lamb soup cooked outside on an open fire and a visit to the family run restaurant and brewery in Holmur: Jon Riki. There was a celebration dinner involving an outstanding nine course meal with each course prepared by a different local chef (and one chef all the way from Sweden)! The food went down nicely with local ale and music from the Hofn choir.

Our Icelandic partners arranged an innovation and education conference on Wednesday 14th March, with an engaging opening address from the Icelandic First Lady, Eliza Reid. There were many speakers, including Professor Peter Varley, who spoke about adventure tourism, Let’s Go Slow bloggers and slow adventure ambassadors, as well as SME presentations from each partner region. The conference concluded with entertainment at the Svara Guðnason Art Gallery and dinner at the Pakkhúsið restaurant.