North South Conference@Sea
12 - 20 July 2020
Set sail around Iceland’s west coast, in awe of the infernos of volcanoes, cauldrons of geysers and remnants of Viking settlements. According to legend, the country itself was accidentally founded in the 9th century by Norwegian Viking Naddod, who had set sail towards the Faroe Islands when he drifted off course.
Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland’s location between both the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates paves way for heightened volcanic activity on the island. All of the eruptions in Iceland are caused by the 2 plates moving apart, with the ridge currently widening a few centimetres every year.
Sailing on Ponant’s brand new Le Bellot ship, this 8 day cruise allows you to maximise your sightseeing as close to the Arctic as you can get. In the summer, the sun still shines at midnight allowing you to really maximise your onboard and on shore experience. Le Bellot only has 92 staterooms on board, which allows access to areas that bigger cruises aren’t able to fit into.
Iceland is a fantastic destination to host legal and medical conferences. The country has the third lowest mortality rate in Europe and has the third highest amount of people who have never smoked. With regards to legal interests, Iceland’s parliament is the oldest parliament in the world, having come into affect in 930AD. Iceland is a civil law nation, and the decisions of district and supreme courts and judicial councils have been published online since 2006.
Before you embark on this unique northern experience, take the morning to explore the beauty of the worlds most northernmost capital city, Reykjavik. Explore the streets filled with colourful houses, take a stroll around the Tjörnin (the lake in the middle of the city), or head southwest to the incredible Blue Lagoon - a must do geothermal spa (where you can sample natural facial products) only 40 minutes from the city. Reykjavik is very walkable, allowing you to further explore some of Iceland’s more modern facilities including the Harpa (Concert Hall), the Hallgrímskirkja (largest church in Iceland), and the Reykjavik Maritime Museum to name but a few.
The next few days on the cruise will be spent exploring more of the islands west, gazing at volcanic and harbored landscapes, and visiting the towns where heavy reliance on fishing and less reliance on imports is the norm. Use Grundarfjordur as a base to photograph one of the worlds most famous mountains, Kirkjufell (a cone shaped mountain, most recently in Game of Thrones); experience the unique settlement of Grimsey, a town of less than 70 inhabitants, but which has the Arctic Circle currently running right through the island; and spend time in Heimaey, a town that was nearly destroyed by the Eldfell Volcano eruption in 1973.
The cruise will give you amazing on shore experiences where you can fish in the deep sea boat trips, marvel at the puffins and other water birds, or ride an Icelandic Horse over the dried up lava trails.
You complete your Ponant experience back in Reykjavik, where the must do Golden Circle excursion awaits. With over 300km of land covered, experience some of the most beautiful scenery Iceland has to offer! From waterfalls, to geysers, to national parks and everything in between, there is something for everybody on this tour. Note that whilst they are technically dormant, the geysers actually erupt once every 5-10 minutes!
Our conference will be held on board Ponant brand new ship - Le Bellot and throughout various field activities.
A brochure with the full itinerary and rates is available through your CPE Travel professional - book early to avoid disappointment.
Conference Registration Fees
Per conference, per delegate (AUD)
$1,495 Single conference registration
$1,295 Multiple conferences/delegates registration
$1,095 Emeritus registration (delegates retired from all forms of practice)
$1,095 Speaker registration (approved speakers only)
Conference registration is non-refundable but transferable to another conference within 12 months of the original conference dates. Accompanying persons not requiring CPD points or certificate of attendance are welcome to attend all academic and networking events free of the registration charge.