(Photo: A. Jensen) Ketlihús in Akureyri The Arctic Energy Summit is about to start. Participants from all over the world are arriving to Akureyri in order to participate in an international Arctic energy conference.

Conference guests will be offered local food and beverages along with renowned Icelandic music. Local companies and organizations will be in place to introduce their Arctic – related activities. Held in a local art exhibition Ketlihús, Icelandic art will also be presented.

The event is open and free of charge for all conference guests.

The Arctic is sometimes described as the last frontier in the development of energy resources. The Institute of the North's Arctic Energy Summit will explore energy as a fundamental element of the sustainable development of the Arctic as a lasting frontier.

Central to this concept is how a focus on richness, resilience and responsibility will provide a pathway for sustainable energy development in the Arctic and for Arctic communities.

The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues.