Delegates to the first-ever conference on northern urbanization are describing the event  as a success.

The Conference on Urbanization in the Arctic drew academics and officials from across the circumpolar world to Nuuk, Greenland, this past week. They talked about everything from urban design to climate change.

Keith Storey from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador said it was great to share knowledge at the conference with people from around the world.

"The general most obvious conclusion is that urbanization is proceeding at pace and we have to find ways, accommodating those who are moving into urban areas and finding ways to assist those that are left behind because very often [in] smaller communities there is not so much in the way of economic opportunities anymore," he said.

Storey said he hopes to attend similar conferences in other Arctic cities in the future.

The conference also drew a sizeable delegation from Iqaluit.