Husband’s Day

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Today is a special day in Iceland – a day we call Bóndadagur which is directly translated as Husband’s day. On Husband’s day wifes and girlfriends usually take a time to pamper their men to make the day as special for them as possible.
Bóndadagur is also the beginning of an extra special month which is the old Icelandic month of Þorri and during Þorri Icelanders celebrate with winter festivals that includes eating traditional Icelandic food that was quite popular or should we say a necessity in the old days -but today it’s more of a fun thing to do and only enjoyed during the month of Þorri by most Icelanders.
The delicatess served and enjoyed during Þorri consists of dried fish, sour blood and liver pudding, smoked lamb and soured meat products along with ram testicles. All of this is enjoyed with a glass or two of traditional Icelandic Brennivín – Yummy, right?
Back to Bóndadagur or Husband’s day – since we know that not everyone is to enthusiastic for trying the old Icelandic delicatess but would like enjoy the old tradition of Bóndadagur and make the day as special for husbands and boyfriends, we have just the solution since the chef’s at our restaurants are ready with the most delicious menus specifically made for all the husbands out there – no ram testicles – we promise.
So, if you’re hungry and would like a special treat in terms of gourmet food and drinks tonight check these two restaurants out: and 

A walk among the sculptures

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The Einar Jónsson museum is right next to Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík.  It was opened in 1923 and was the first museum in the city at the time it was built and the the only building on the Skólavörðuhæð hill.

The museum was designed by Einar Jónsson himself so it is one of his biggest sculptures. He lived in the house, made his sculptures there and displayed them for guests.

The museum is surrounded by a wonderful sculpture garden that is open all year round.  The garden is an ideal place to visit both during the bright and warm summer days as well as the cold winter days when the sculptures get a little extra twist with beautiful snowflakes surrounding them.

More information about the museum and garden can be found here

Icelandic Yule Lads at CenterHotels

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Iceland, being a strange little Island far away from other countries has of course evolved it’s own Santa Clause, and not only one but thirteen in total.

13 nights before Christmas the Yule Lads come to town one by one from the mountains, where they live with their scary and ugly parents, the trolls, Grýla and Leppalúði.

Little children put their shoe on the windowsill and the Yule Lads leave them a small gift if they have been nice or a potato if they have been naughty.

The stories of the Yule Lads come from folklore where they were described as pranksters who stole from people and in other ways harassed them. They all have descriptive names that convey their character, person or the food that they like to eat; like Skyrgobbler, Door Slammer, Sausage Swiper and Bowl Licker.

Why not try it and put your finest shoe on the windowsill and see what happens? We know for a fact that all the guests at CenterHotels have been quite good these past days since they’ve been getting little treats from the Yule Lads. The gifts have been waiting for them on the door knob bright and early in the morning – with love from the thirteen little pranksters….

Get your skates on!

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We know that December has arrived when looking out the window of CenterHotel Plaza and seeing Ingólfstorg – the main square in the old city center.  A magical ice skating ring has been placed in the middle of the square.  The ring is open for everybody to try with free admission – skates and helmets are available at a moderate price.

The ice is surrounded by a small Christmas village where guests can buy tempting refreshments. Get some exercise and have fun skating around listening to Christmas songs.

The ice skating rink will be open every day from 12:00 – 22:00 until January 1.

Wall Poetry

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Have you noticed the colorful murals on some of the buildings in the center of Reykjavík?  They are called Wall Poetry and are part of a special project in connection with the Iceland Airwaves festival in 2016 and 2015.

Street artists and musicians were paired up to collaborate and produce these works of art, which are interpretations of songs by the musicians. 

Take a walk around town and enjoy the wonderful wall poetry.

A map of locations and a list of the artists involved can be found here

Off venue concerts at CenterHotels

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Yes ladies and gentlemen – it’s time for Iceland Airwaves!

The next three days will be full of fun since we’ll be hosting three Iceland Airwaves Off Venue concerts at our hotels. The concerts will start today with concerts at CenterHotel Plaza – moving on to CenterHotel Þingholt tomorrow and ending with style on the top floor venue SKÝ at CenterHotel Arnarhvoll on Saturday. 

We’ll be extremely happy during the concerts with Happy Hour and of course the entrance is free of charge.

See more information about the off venue concerts at CenterHotels here 

Iceland Airwaves taking over Reykjavík

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One of the best Icelandic music festivals, Iceland Airwaves, starts this Wednesday and the festivities will go on until late on Sunday.

The festival takes place at different and interesting venues such as Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík Art Museum, The Independent Church and several bars and clubs in Reykjavík city center. The line-up includes all the most popular Icelandic bands, for example Björk and Of Monsters and Men, as well as many bands from Europe and the USA.

For those who can‘t snag a ticket to the festival there are plenty of off-venue concerts going on around town at cafés, restaurants, banks, book stores, cinemas, hot dog stands and even at some of our hotels.

Enjoy the music!

More information and off-venue schedule here

Fancy a bit of sculptor in your life?

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Ásmundarsafn museum is dedicated to the works of one of Iceland’s most beloved sculptors, Ásmundur Sveinsson. The house was mostly designed and built by the sculptor himself and he used to live, work and display his art there.

Ásmundur believed that art should not only be for a small elite but for all people to see and enjoy therefore his sculptures can be seen in many different places around Reykjavík. He donated his house and many of his sculptures to the city after he died in the 1980s. The garden around the museum is full of his art work and can be explored free of charge.

For more information, see here

Swimming for everyone

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Going to the swimming pool is one of Icelanders‘ favorite pastimes. People do not go to the swimming pool just to swim but also to relax and meet other people. Most pools have hot tubs and a steam bath and often a water slide or two for the children. There are more than a 100 swimming pools in Iceland, most of them are outside and open all year long.

There‘s nothing better than sitting in a hot tub in the middle of winter, chatting to a good friend, snowflakes melting in your hair.

Find the nearest swimming pool and take a dip. You won‘t regret it.

For more information about swimming pools in Iceland see here 

Opera in the heart of Reykjavík

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Fancy to add a little bit of music and culture to your stay in Iceland? If so, how does the wonderful opera Eugene Onegin by Pjotr Tchaikovsky at the Icelandic Opera sound? This wonderful opera is Tchaikovsky’s most loved opera. It is based on Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel and is extremely romantic and beautiful. Really something you shouldn’t miss out on.

The opera will be performed at Harpa concert hall on October 22nd and 29th 2016.

We are working closely with the Icelandic Opera and so we are able to offer tickets to Eugene Onegin in premium class seats along with a three course chef’s choice lunch or dinner at Ísafold Restaurant and after show drinks at SKÝ Restaurant & Bar.

See further information about the Eugene Onegin package we’re offering here .  For more information or for booking please contact us at or call us at +354 595 8500