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The Telegraph names East Iceland as one of its “must visit” destinations for 2016
The UK newspaper The Telegraph has named East Iceland as one of its 20 “must visit” destinations for 2016, encouraging visitors to go “beyond the golden circle” and see the less visited parts of Iceland.
Beyond the Golden Circle “Everyone’s heard of Iceland’s Golden Circle”, the Telegraph argues, pointing out the popularity of the Western part of South Iceland is largely due to how easily it is reached from Reykjavík and the Keflavík international Airport. “But come spring, and a new direct flight to the town of Egilsstadir there’s a whole new circuit of natural wonders waiting to be explored… over in the east.”
ON THE WATERFRONT The Grandi area is the main hub of Reykjavík’s fishing industry and now also where many of the capital’s best restaurants are located. It’s sometimes jokingly referred to as the Fishpacking district, sharing a similar background in the food processing business as New York´s famous Meatpacking district. Pictured, Bryggjan Brewery. Photo/Sigurjón Ragnar
Don’t get lost in translation. Here are some words in Icelandic that don’t have direct English translations, and a few of them have a cultural reference that you might even consider hilarious.
Gluggaveður (noun) When the weather seems great, when you’re looking through a window from inside, but is actually cold and not so great when you step out without a jacket. Literally it means “window-weather.”
Artist‘s talk with Katrín Sigurðardóttir about the exhibition Looking In – Sculptures and Models, now on view at Hafnarhús.
The exhibition includes recently acquired sculptures and installations in the collection of Reykjavík Art Museum and exhibition models of works which have been staged in various venues around the world. The models span 10 years of Katrín’s career, from 2004-2014. Among them are models of her installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Venice Biennale, 2013. Guests are invited to look into the artist’s world and to observe the working process from an idea to a completed work of art.
Two Action-Packed Days Strengthen a Mother-Son Bond
by Jill Brooke
Working parents dream about travel wish lists with their kids but rarely take them. Why? The rationale of course – though flawed – is you need the vacation time and finances. However, here’s a road map back to reality. You can be resourceful and pack a lifetime of memories in just two days! Try to schedule business trips on Thursday and extend your stay till the weekend – with your paid airfare baked into budget – and then fly your child over. Or arrive early before a Monday meeting. In fact, Icelandair has hatched a clever plan to help with this caper. Without any extra charge, you can have a stopover in rollicking Reykjavik and then fly to and from another destination – as long as the trip doesn’t last more than 10 days. Which is exactly what I did to get my son, Parker, forklifted from his iPhone, video games and beats headphones and reunited with his mother. We wouldn’t do what I love – shopping, reading, sipping a Gin and Tonic on the beach – after all working moms are exhausted – and instead I created an itinerary that would dazzle any teenage boy.
There’s a saying that goes, ” A guest for a while sees a mile.” Well, Louise Hamilton is from Britain but for the last couple of years she’s worked as managing director of the ITM tourist information office in Bankastræti in central Reykjavik. A few days ago at Keflavik International Airport she published a list on her Facebook page of things she’d want to do if she was the boss of Iceland.
An amusing interaction in a Facebook group caught my attention the other day. A small-town resident wanted to order pizza. Seeing a mass order as her only chance to get the pizzeria to deliver, she rallied her townsmen. Together they put in their order. But the understaffed pizzeria wouldn’t budge. Finally, someone in the group was able to make arrangements to go pick up the pizzas and distribute them to the rest. She got her pizza. But, you’re probably wondering, why all this fuss about ordering pizza?
These people are amongst the 60 or so residents of Drangsnes, a small fishing village in the remote region of Strandir. The closest pizzeria is located in Hólmavík, a slightly larger town populated by 337 people. Fifteen years ago, nobody would even have thought of ordering pizza from Hólmavík—it would have taken almost two hours on an unpaved road to make the trip there and back. Fifteen years ago, if you wanted a pizza in Drangsnes, you simply made it yourself—at least that’s what my friends and I did, growing up there in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
A contract has been by the City of Reykjavik with US real estate firm Carpenter&Company to raise a 250 room five star hotel in the empty building ground next to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Carpenter works with hotel chains such as Marriott, Four Seasons, Regis, Hyatt and Starwood. This was announced at a press conference yesterday at Harpa by Mayor Dagur B.Eggertsson, Richard L.Friedman, manager of Carpenter&Company and Höskuldur H.Ólafsson, director of Arion bank who will be organising the financing for the project.
The hotel will be equipped with reception and meeting rooms, several restauranta and a health spa and when completed it will be Iceland’s only five star hotel. Mayor Dagur B.Eggertsson said that the development of the old harbour was crucial to the city planning, especially in making Reykjavik an attractive destination for conferences and cultural events. He added that Harpa had already proved itself in that field but that the success of Harpa needed to be followed up by completing the development at the harbour.
Since Harpa opened in May 2011, there has been a gaping hole next to the building which will now finally be filled. Eggertsson added that the design for the new hotel was in the final stages.
Friedman said at the press conference that he was very excited about the project and that this was the first project outside the US that Carpenter had undertaken. “We’re going to build the best hotel in Iceland,” he added. “I’ve been to Iceland on several occasions and I love the country. My wife goes to Whole Foods every day to buy Icelandic products like skyr, lamb and salmon. The food here is fantastic and the people are fantastic. It’s one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and one of the best cities. I think we will be able to build a great addition to this stunning building,” he said, referring to Harpa.