Place of the week – Food & Fun festival in Reykjavík

The annual Food and Fun festival will be in February 25th – March 1st in Reykjavik.

The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed and upcoming chefs from both Europe and USA collaborating with Reykjavik’s finest restaurants.

Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders.

The chefs themselves are on site for three nights during the festival week.

Place of the week – Bessastaðir

Bessastaðir, official residence of the President of Iceland. First mention of Bessastaðir is in Íslendinga saga (The Saga of the Icelanders) by Sturla Þórðarson; the place then belonged to Snorri Sturluson. Later it became the first royal estate in Iceland, being in the possession of the King of Norway.

Since 1941 it has been the official residence of the President of the Republic: Sveinn Björnsson lived there from 1941 to 1952, first as governor then as president from 1944), Ás­geir Ás­geirs­son 1952 – 68, Krist­ján Eld­járn 1968 – 80, Vig­dís Finn­boga­dóttir 1980 – 1996 og Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson frá 1996.

The main building is among the oldest houses in Iceland, built in 1761–66. It has since been added to and renovated. The church at Bessastaðir was built 1777–1823.

Place of the week – Hofsós in North Iceland

Hofsós is one of the places that is really worth visiting. The Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsós, Vesturfarasetrið, was founded in 1996 and dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland. More information can be found on the webpage.

In March 2010 a new and impressive swimming pool was opened at Hofsós. It is so designed that when one swims from south to north, the surface of the pool and the surface of the ocean below appear to merge, and the swimmer seems to be setting a course straight for the island of Drangey

Photo from Hofsós: North Iceland Marketing Office.

Place of the Week – Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavík

Those long winter days of darkness in Reykjavík are set to be illuminated magnificently at the city’s annual Winter Lights Festival to be held on Feb. 5 – 8.

The main objective of the festival is to illuminate the dramatic darkness of winter with a collection of sparkling events, which both celebrate and emphasize the beauty of Reykjavík City.

Core events of the upcoming Winter Lights Festival include a number of selected light-art commissions together with our popular theme nights: Museum Night and Pool Night

For further information see their webpage

This photo by Ragnar Th Sigurðsson is from a Winter Light Festival.