After a successful conference in Reykjavik on June the 16th, Skuli Björn Gunnarsson from Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute hosted project partners from University of St. Andrew's and Timespan (Scotland), Ulster University (Northern Ireland), Mayo County Council (Ireland) and Värmland County Administrative Board (Sweden).
The group traveled to Egilsstaðir area (East Iceland) after the conference and the first impression couldn't have been any better: they enjoyed a delicious dinner and a well-deserved relaxing time at The Vök Baths: a new tourist attraction in the region and part of the rising SPA culture in Iceland.
The following day, Friday 17th June, partners visited Skriðuklaustur, an old farmstead and a historic site in the valley of Fljótsdalur with the ruins of a 16th-century monastery which were found by an archaeological excavation between 2002 and 2012. The former mansion of famous writer Gunnar Gunnarsson is now a cultural center where partners learnt about him and played with digital heritage.
Saturday the 18th started with a workshop where locals were introduced to the different projects clustered in PHIVE: CINE, STRATUS, CUPIDO or EU-LAC. After the presentations, attendees could try some of the outputs produced within said projects: VR goggles and virtual tours were available. In the afternoon, partners drove to Borgarfjörður Eystri to see the famous puffins (lundi in Icelandic).
Saturday evening was the time to say good-bye for some of the partners, while the rest flew back to Reykjavik on Sunday morning, where they would get on another plane to go back home after some unforgettable days.