East Iceland “must visit” destinations for 2016


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.”


10 words and phrases in Icelandic that don’t exist in English


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.”



Reykjavík Art Museum – Artist‘s talk: Katrín Sigurðardóttir


Artist‘s talk: Katrín Sigurðardóttir

4. OCTOBER 2015 – 15:00

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.


Icelandic Adventure by Jill Brooke

Jill Brooke

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.


Twelve ways to make Iceland better?

12 ástæður

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.

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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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