1. Various of Nordic leaders walking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
2. Family photo with Prime Minister of Norway Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark Antti Rinne, Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven, Merkel, Prime Minister of Finland Katrin Jakobsdottir and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg
3. Solberg, Frederiksen, Jakobsdottir, Merkel, Rinne and Löfven at news conference
5. SOUNDBITE (German) Angela Merkel, German Chancellor:
"In a spirit of multilateralism we must see to it that we treat this region carefully and with care, do not destroy it, it is of the utmost importance for all mankind, and it cannot be the object of over-exploitation and natural destruction, and Germany will exert its influence there."
6. News conference
7. SOUNDBITE (German) Angela Merkel, German Chancellor:
"I think we have a high degree of agreement with the Nordic countries, but I gladly admit that perhaps in recent years we have not been sufficiently interested in this strategic issue and that will certainly increase."
9. SOUNDBITE (German) Angela Merkel, German Chancellor:
"Yesterday and also today, we talked about the exit of Great Britain, we and as 27 we will continue to be very united and also act. (British Prime Minister) Boris Johnson pointed out the subject of the backstop, which is nothing new, and the British Parliament has also dealt with it. As soon as we have a practical regulation on how we can comply with the Good Friday Agreement and still define the border of the single market, we no longer need the backstop. That means, of course, that we will think about practical solutions, and I always say that if you want to find these solutions in the near future, you can find them in a short time. The European Union is prepared to do that, but we do not have to open the Withdrawal Agreement for that, it is a question of future relations, and I believe that we will act together."
10. Journalist typing
11. SOUNDBITE (German) Angela Merkel, German Chancellor:
"And Britain will decide for itself which way it wants to go. From our side there is the offer to work very closely together, particularly on economic and security issues, on foreign policy, and it will then become clear which path Britain wants to take. There is, moreover, no either-or, we are all, or most of us, members of NATO, we are in a transatlantic partnership, and that is why I would not see that either-or, but always the task of finding common solutions."
Speaking Tuesday after a meeting with Nordic countries in the Icelandic capital, German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined the strategic importance of the region and said that Germany will "exert its influence" to a greater extent.
The German leader met with Nordic leaders and representatives of Åland, Faroe Islands and Greenland who had gathered in Reykjavik to discuss climate issues and environmental matters.
"In a spirit of multilateralism we must see to it that we treat this region carefully and with care, do not destroy it," Merkel said.
"I gladly admit that perhaps in recent years we have not been sufficiently interested in this strategic issue, and that will certainly increase," she added.
Speaking on Brexit, Merkel said that a "practical solution" could still be found for the Irish border issue.
She said the remaining 27 EU countries were willing to find a solution and avoid unravelling a carefully negotiated deal agreed upon with the British government last year.
The deal was repeatedly rejected by UK lawmakers, leading to the resignation of British Prime Minister Theresa May.
She was replaced by Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson, who wants a new divorce deal.
Merkel, who is hosting Johnson for talks in Berlin late Wednesday, said whichever path Britain chooses the EU is willing to cooperate closely on economic and security issues.