Drangsnes in Westfjords small but fine place a hidden gem


Lumpfish Life: Growing Up In A Remote Fishing Village

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.


Ice­land’s most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel to open next to Harpa

Nýtt hótel við Hörpu

Ice­land’s most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel to open next to Harpa

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.

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