Shopping for Icelandic design

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Icelandic people are overall very fashion conscious.
One of the reasons may be that we vigorously seek information and updates through media on all the latest and the newest whatever it may be. That is most likely due to the fact that we live on an isolated island in the North Atlantic Ocean and this is our way of staying connected with the rest of the world. Another reason may be that there are only 330.000 of us; and because we are so few, we always thrive to be bigger and on par with other metropolitan cities. Also because of the small population the chances of running into someone you know is very big, which is why we always make an effort to look decent, even when just running to the local store for milk.
The downfall of being such a small and trendy bunch is that when a new trend gets discovered, it spreads out quickly and soon enough you’ll see everyone wearing the same outfit.

There are many talented Icelandic designers and you will find many of them in the below boutiques. Some of these stores are located on Skólavörðustígur; a trendy shopping street located within walking distance from all six CenterHotels. 

 

Kiosk
This is the place to stock up on Icelandic design. This co-op shop is owned by four Icelandic designers and has won the award “Best shop to buy local fashion design” seven years in a row. 

 

Geysir
You get a warm country feeling when you walk into a Geysir store.
Geysir designs are inspired by a balance of a Scandinavian city life as well as Iceland’s particular history of craft from natural materials and knitwear using locally sourced textiles and yarns.

 

Kron Kron
A beloved Icelandic fashion label that is particularly known for their shoe design and joyful color usage.

 

Cintamani
Want to stay warm but yet look fashionable while in Iceland? Look no further..Cintamani offers quality, nicely designed Icelandic outerwear.  You can also find the Icelandic street-wear brand Inklaw at Cintamani..a favorite of celebs like Justine Bieber.

 

Kirsuberjatréð / The Cherry Tree
One of Reykjavik’s hidden secrets and only two minute walk from CenterHotel Plaza. This contemporary store full of local art, design and handicrafts is owned by 11 artists, all ladies.  A unique and happy addition to your visit in Reykjavík.

 

Kormákur & Skjaldar
We love this store. Primarily men’s fashion that’s inspired by traditional British fashion staples, focusing on quality wool and clothing that is suitable for northern climates while holding a timeless elegance that never goes out of style.

 

Farmers Market
If you’re looking for Nordic design with a minimal modernism..this is the place. 

 

Ígló + Indi
Most loved Icelandic children label, that is all about crisp colors, unique prints and playfulness.

Surf’s up in Iceland

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When you’re planning a surf vacation, Iceland may not be the first place you think of.
However in recent years the surf community in Iceland has slowly been growing and it is starting to attract surfers from all over the world. Despite the cold water, surfers are looking at Iceland as a new surfing destination due to its world class surf spots and unspoiled nature, offering surfers a unique one of a kind surfing experience.

Iceland offers all kinds of surf breaks, from beach breaks and mellow point breaks to heavy reef slabs and you don’t have to go far from Reykjavik to find good surf spots. The closest one to Reykjavik city is Grótta, located on the west tip of Reykjavik city. You will see Grótta lighthouse and the break is visible from the parking lot.

Reykjanes peninsula is also known to be heaven for windsurfers and surfers alike with some of the best and most consistent waves in Iceland. It also is very picturesque with it’s volcanic landscape and geothermal pools.
The magical Snæfellsnes peninsula also has some great surf spots. It is located about  2.5hrs drive North of Reykjavik and has some great south facing beach breaks and incredibly stunning landscape.

For advanced surfers; the best time to surf in Iceland is between October and March. That is when the heavy storms and big swells come in. Just keep in mind that during the winter months the water is cold, 3-5°C, and can sometimes drop down to freezing temperature but you can also expect some amazing northern lights to light up the darkness.

The summer time is not as consistent and big as the colder months but it is warmer and you get 24/7 daylight. This is a better time for beginners or intermediate surfers to experience some Icelandic surf. Arctic Surfers offers  surf school / day at the beach programs running June, July and August.

As the weather keeps changing in Iceland you will have to be constantly checking the forecast. And in case the conditions aren’t good or the weather not favorable then don’t worry, there is plenty of other things to do in Iceland as you can find out in our previous blogs.

EUROVISION, can’t help but to love it

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EUROVISION song contest 2018 will be held this Saturday, May 12th.

It is the world’s biggest music show and is held every year, usually in May. The contest has been broadcast for 62 years or since 1956 and is one of the most watched non-sporting event in the world. The show is always held in the country that won the previous year and this year it is held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Eurovision is a great exposure and stepping stool for participating artists and  several winners of the Eurovision song contest have had successful careers after the contest such as Abba, Céline Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias.

Icelanders are generally very enthusiastic about Eurovision and particularly since Iceland started participating back in 1986. Some Icelanders would beg to differ but that is probably because they are closet fans and too embarrassed to admit that they love Eurovision. 

In fact there are few things that bring out extreme patriotism in Icelanders, the success of the national football team is one of them (Duhhh) and Eurovision is another. The contest unites Icelanders every year with its glitz and glamour, over the top outfits and of course with it’s (debatably) great song performances.

CENTERTAINMENT will host a Eurovision party at Centerhotel Plaza on the evening of May 12th for our Eurovision loving guests. The show will be broadcasted on a big screen, the bar will offer extended Happy Hour and Portuguese tapas, and to make things even more exciting there will be score cards for guests that would like to participate in the fun.

Free event so give in to your guilty Eurovision pleasure and join in on the fun.

CENTERTAINMENT

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We understand how important entertainment is, especially when on vacation.

So, to make sure that our guests get the most out of their hotel stay we decided to offer regular entertainment for both guests and other visitors.

CENTERTAINMENT, as we call it, is a line up of all sorts of fun events and happenings, hosted at our hotels and restaurants. The events vary from live music or DJ nights, to yoga, Happy Hour, art openings, cocktail nights, wine tastings and more.

This summer CENTERTAINMENT is featuring ‘Music in the Garden’.
Music in the Garden is a series of musical events hosted every other Thursday at CenterHotel Miðgarður. There will be various genres of live music, DJ’s and bar offers and outside BBQs in the garden (when weather allows).

The next Music in the Garden event is tonight, May 3rd and the talented Andrés Thor and Haraldur Ægir will perform well-known jazz standards and pop songs in jazz form. The event is from 18:00 – 20:00.
Admission is free, extended Happy Hour and 20% discount off bar snacks during the event.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. See full line up here.