The Crown Princess Couple visit Iceland – day 1

The Crown Princess Couple and the Presidential couple at the official residence of the President of Iceland near Reykjavík. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Crown Princess Couple are welcomed by Iceland's President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Mrs Dorrit Moussaieff at the official residence of the President of Iceland, Bessastaðir. Photo: royalcourt.se

During the visit to the company Össur, Ylfva Thordarson explained how different prostheses work and how technically advanced they are in order to be as similar to an ordinary leg as possible. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

During the visit to Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Station. Photo: royalcourt.se

On Wednesday 18 June, The Crown Princess Couple began a two-day official visit to Iceland, at the invitation of Iceland's President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

The day began with The Crown Princess Couple meeting Iceland's President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Mrs Dorrit Moussaieff at the official residence of the President of Iceland, Bessastaðir.

The Crown Princess Couple and the Presidential couple then visited Harpaexternal link, opens in new window concert hall and conference centre in central Reykjavík. Harpa was opened in August 2011, and is used for concerts, festivals and international conferences. The Crown Princess Couple were given a tour of the building and a presentation of Icelandic music from Nordic and international perspectives.

Harpa. The façade consists of around 10,000 irregularly shaped prism-like windows in different colour shades. It was designed by the artist Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Photo: Harpa

Harpa. The façade consists of around 10,000 irregularly shaped prism-like windows in different colour shades. It was designed by the artist Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Photo: Harpa

The Swedish Embassy and the Swedish-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce hosted lunch, which was held at the Nordic Houseexternal link, opens in new window. At the lunch, The Crown Princess Couple and the Presidential couple met Swedish and Icelandic businesses, which discussed increased trade between the two countries.

Outside the Nordic House, The Crown Princess greeted Swedes Alma Christinsdotter and Julia Robertsdotter who had come with their mothers. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Outside the Nordic House, The Crown Princess greeted Swedes Alma Christinsdotter and Julia Robertsdotter who had come with their mothers. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

After lunch, The Crown Princess Couple and the Presidential couple visited Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Station. The power station is located in the southwest of the country, between Reykjavík and Selfoss, and produces both electricity and heat. Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored inside the Earth. Iceland has led the way in using this source of energy, and Icelandic expertise is therefore in demand around the world.

Elin Smaradottir gives The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel and President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson a guided tour of the power station. Here, hot steam is pumped up from below the ground and channelled to heat Reykjavík. Photo: royalcourt.se

Elin Smaradottir gives The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel and President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson a guided tour of the power station. Here, hot steam is pumped up from below the ground and channelled to heat Reykjavík. Photo: royalcourt.se

The afternoon ended with a visit to the company Össur. Össur is a world-leading orthopaedic surgery company.

13-year-old Milmar Snaer Örvarsson lost one of his lower legs through bone neoplasm. He uses the prosthesis shown in this picture when jogging. He demonstrated the prosthesis by running on a running track that the company has at its rehabilitation department. Photo: royalcourt.se

13-year-old Milmar Snaer Örvarsson lost one of his lower legs through bone neoplasm. He uses the prosthesis shown in this picture when jogging. He demonstrated the prosthesis by running on a running track that the company has at its rehabilitation department. Photo: royalcourt.se

In the evening, the Presidential couple hosted a dinner at Bessastaðir.