October 27-29, 2017

Reykjavík, Iceland



Q. What is a polyglot?

A. A polyglot is a person who speaks multiple languages. The Polyglot Conference is a conference about multiple languages.

Q. How many languages do I have to be able to speak to attend the Polyglot Conference?

A. There is no minimum requirement, and certainly no entrance test! The Polyglot Conference is not about numbers, but about passion. It is open to everyone who loves language. The idea behind the conference was to create a space to come together and share in that. Every year we welcome hobbyists, professionals, academics, entrepreneurs, publishers, everybody and anybody to the conference.

Q. Who attends the Polyglot Conferences?

A. The events are designed for anyone who loves language: teachers, interpreters, translators, students, scholars, language bloggers, linguists, writers and people who simply want to know more about languages.

Q. What do you get out of attending a conference?

A. You will meet other language enthusiasts, discuss new learning resources and techniques, learn about new linguistic research, enjoy the unique culture of the host city Reykjavík, speak in different languages to the many attendees from different parts of the world, and generally spend a weekend focusing on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our normal lives.

Q. Is there a minimum age requirement?

A. The Polyglot Conference is intended for adults, but highly motivated and mature teenagers (16+) are welcome. If you are under 18, an adult guardian will need to register and attend along with you. If you are under 16 and really want to attend, please send us a message explaining your situation and we’ll be happy to deal with each application on a case by case basis.

Q. What is the difference between the Polyglot Conference and other Polyglot events?

A. The Polyglot Conference was the first and remains the original event at which language lovers scattered around the globe have the chance to meet in person. We pride ourselves on keeping the event professional and striving each time to spread the message of multilingualism to an ever wider audience. Anyone can submit a proposal to speak at the event, but as the event has continued to grow the organisers have worked hard to seek out high quality speakers from outside the online polyglot community to present at the conference as well. The Polyglot Conference is held in a different location each year and seeks to celebrate the host city of each event in the programme. To make sure nobody misses out, the Conference is always held on a weekend, meaning you shouldn't have to take too much time off work to attend.

Q. What should I do about visa requirements?

A. You may need to obtain a Schengen visa for entry to Iceland. Schengen visas can be obtained at any of the Schengen countries’ embassies in the world. If there is no Icelandic Embassy in your country, you may be able to apply at another Embassy. Do check with the Embassy about your movements in the Schengen zone, especially where your first point of entry will be. Strictly speaking you are meant to apply at the Schengen country’s embassy where you plan to start your trip in the Schengen area. If you need a letter confirming your participation in the Polyglot Conference, please write to use our contact to get in touch with the specific letter requirements for your country. You will need to register before the letter can be issued. Please retain your registration receipt as proof of having paid to participate in the event.

Q. How do I get to Reykjavík?

Reykjavík is served by “Keflavík” international airport, located 50 km to the south of the city, which is the largest airport in Iceland. There are regular to Reykjavík from across Europe and North America operated by both low-cost and national carriers, including connections to major world hubs. From Keflavík airport there is a regular coach service to the centre of Reykjavík, taking 45 mins, with the option to include a drop off at your hotel. This is best arranged in advance in order to guarantee the lowest fare. More information is on the Keflavík airport website.

Q. Is it safe to travel to Iceland?

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, with hardly any crime at all. Just make sure you stick to the path when walking up volcanoes!

Q. What is the registration fee for the Polyglot Conference in Reykjavík?

A. Prices for this year TBC. Weekend tickets to previous conferences have costed between €100-180 EUR. The Polyglot Conference operate a tiered pricing system, making tickets cheapest when bought in advance. Concession rates are available to those who are unable to pay the full amount, and there are day tickets for those unable to attend the entire weekend. All tickets include lunch and refreshments provided by our on-site caterers. To find out about special offers and promotions, subscribe to our mailing list

Q. What is the cancellation and refund policy?

A. All requests for refund must be made in writing to this email address no later than 27th September, 2017. Refund requests will be subject to a cancellation and processing fee and will be refunded in the same manner payment was made. Refunds will not be processed until after the conference. All substitution requests must be in writing from the original registrant.