The music festival Iceland Airwaves was first held in 1999, it has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world. Some of the world’s most exciting artists have performed there, too. The Shins, The Rapture, TV On The Radio, Florence and the Machine and Fatboy Slim. Including Icelandic bands such as Björk, Sigur Rós, FM Belfast, GusGus, múm, Of Monsters and Men.
Iceland Airwaves is more than just music. Reykjavík is quite possibly the perfect festival city – small enough to be welcoming, sophisticated enough to offer cultural, historical and nightlife diversions to rival cities ten times its size. Maybe twenty.
For further information see their web icelandairwaives.is. Photo Dj Flugvél & Geimskip, Harlem.
Next summer tourists will be charged a fee to visit Geysir geothermal area, one of Iceland’s top tourist destinations.
The amount, which will apply to both foreign and local visitors, has not been decided yet. The fee will be used to improve the area for visitors.
The area is one third owned by the state and the rest is privately owned.
Hikers in Húsafell near Reykholt in West Iceland found a decorative belt buckle in a durt ridge the farmhouse. The buckle is thought to be from some time between 1250 and 1400 and might have belonged to the best-known Icelandic medieval writer Snorri Sturluson (1178 – 1241).
Reykholt was the home of Snorri Sturluson. Closed to the old church (see photo) is Snorrastofa,
a medieval research centre, established to do research and provide
information on the works of Snorri, medieval literature and history in general.
A statue of Snorri by
Gustav Vigeland presented by Norway was unveiled at Reykholt 1947. Snorralaug
(“Snorri’s pool”), an outdoor bathing pool with piped warm water and a
tunnel leading to it from under the old farmhouse are considered to be
among the oldest extant constructions in the country.
The old timber-church in Reykholt was built 1886-87 and
bears a certain resemblance to Reykjavík Cathredal. Photo Guðlaugur Óskarsson.
Jón Gnarr Mayor of Reykjavík nominated Yoko Ono an Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík at a ceremony at Höfði House. Yoko Ono was in Reykjavík for the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower.
Reykjavík City Council wants to thank Ono for her extremely valuable contribution to Reykjavík and for her lifelong work as an advocate for world peace and human rights and for choosing Reykjavík as a platform from which to spread her message, as stated in a press release.
The Imagine Peace Tower was built on Viðey island, closed to Reykjavík in 2007. The tower shines every year from Lennon’s birthday, October 9th until December 8th, the day of his passing in 1980.
Tanni Travel is a small family based Travel Agency in East Iceland which has been in the business for twenty years.
The agency emphasis in personal service and attention to detail. One of their exciting product is Meet the locals emphasizing on meeting the people in the East, introducing their habits, culture and history. The goal is Come as a stranger, leave as a friend.
You will find further information on Meet the locals webpage.