In October 2013, the Anchorage Museum collaborated with the Alaska Design Forum and the Institute of the North to bring artists from around the world to participate in both the Fly by Design tour of Reykjavik and the Arctic Energy Summit in Akureyri.
Located in northern Iceland and just below the Arctic Circle, Akureyri is the largest city in Iceland outside of the Reykjavik capital area. The Arctic Energy Summit was a multi-disciplinary event that drew industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals, community leaders and artists together to collaborate and share approaches on Arctic energy issues.
The Alaska Design Forum’s Fly by Design program in Reykjavik looked at the built environment of the North. Participants toured Reykjavik City Hall, Nordic House, Harpa, i8 Gallery, King & Bang Gallery, Spark Design Gallery, Design Center, and the Reykjavik Art Museum and visited the studios of Steinnun Sigurd, Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, Hekla Dogg Jonsdottir, and Olof Nordal.