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Activities

This page will be updated as further information becomes available. There are three activities that are planned in connection with the 16th Polar Law Symposium.

Reception - Wednesday 25 October 2023 - 18:00-20:00 - Location to be announced

Registered participants and accompanying persons are invited to a welcoming reception on the evening of October 25th, which will be the day of arrival to Tórshavn for most guests from abroad. Presumably, most of those arriving from abroad will be ensconced in their hotels earlier in the day. Further information forthcoming soon.

Excursion - Friday 27 October 2023 - 15:00-19:00

The Symposium schedule does not provide space for many hours of sightseeing during the three days of the program; but we feel that it will be important for our guests to see something of interest in the Faroe Islands outside of Tórshavn while they are attending the Symposium, in addition to enjoying some of the sights to be seen in Tórshavn itself. Consequently, a trip has been arranged to an interesting, beautiful and historic site a short distance from Tórshavn for registered participants and accompanying persons.

Symposium participants and guests will be conveyed by bus to Kirkjubøur, the southernmost village on Streymoy (the island that is also home to Tórshavn). There, our group will be received by Jóannes Patursson, the current resident of Kirkjubøargarður, a farmhouse dating from the 11th century, said to be one of the oldest still-inhabited wooden houses in the world, if not the oldest.

The Patursson family has occupied the house for seventeen generations, since 1550. Jóannes will introduce us to Kirkjubømúrurin (the now-ruined Magnus Cathedral, constructed in the 14th century), Olavskirkjan (Saint Olav’s Church, form the 12th century), and—not least—to Kirkjubøargarður itself. Coffee and cookies will await us in the house, and Jóannes will regale us with various local stories.

It is expected that this excursion will be offered gratis to registered participants in the Symposium and accompanying persons. You are asked to indicate when registering whether or not you will be joining this tour.

Links:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkjubøur
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkjubøargarður
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus_Cathedral
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Olav%27s_Church,_Kirkjubøur

 

Symposium Banquet (by subscription) - Saturday 28 October - 19:00-22:00

In keeping with tradition, a banquet will be arranged for registered participants and accompanying persons. Those planning  to attend must register for the event, and there will likely be a charge for the dinner. Further information forthcoming soon.

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