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 Harpa 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.
The Swedish Embassy and the Swedish-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce hosted lunch, which was held at the Nordic House. At the lunch, The Crown Princess Couple and the Presidential couple met Swedish and Icelandic businesses, which discussed increased trade between the two countries.
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.
The afternoon ended with a visit to the company Össur. Össur is a world-leading orthopaedic surgery company.
In the evening, the Presidential couple hosted a dinner at Bessastaðir.