A weekend of patriotism

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There is a lot to feel patriotic about this upcoming weekend..well for us Icelander at least.
On Saturday, June 16th, Iceland breaks history by playing their first world cup match ever against Argentina in the World Cup 2018 in Russia. CenterHotel Plaza and CenterHotel Miðgarður will create a true World Cup atmosphere by broadcasting the match along with all other matches in the tournament. See more on our World Cup events here.

After Saturday’s World Cup celebrations, Icelanders will celebrate their Independence Day on Sunday, June 17th.
The day will be celebrated all over the country with customary parades led by marching bands and other family festivities and ceremonies. Ceremonies often include a poetry reading by a woman dressed as ‘fjallkonan’ (‘The Lady of the Mountain’). Fjallkonan is considered to be the female incarnation of Iceland and every year a young female figure (often actress) is chosen to read for the crowd in the national costume.

In Reykjavík the June 17th parade will start at 13:00 on the corner of Laugavegur shopping street and Snorrabraut (walking distance to all CenterHotels) and will end downtown at Hljómskálagarður. The parade will be lead by a pick up truck loaded with a popular local band playing fun tunes for participants.

At Hljómskálagarður there will be variety of entertainment throughout the day. The Icelandic circus will perform for the children, there will also be a puppet show for the youngest once and variety of live music on the big stage. So something for everyone. Enjoy!

Gleðilegan 17. Júní! Happy June 17th!

Bring on the World Cup 2018

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Here we are again, anxiously waiting to cheer on “our boys” (as we like to call our men’s national football team) when they compete against football giants like Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2018 that starts next week. HUH! (viking sheer)

 

Two years ago we watched the Icelandic team successfully reach the quarter-finals in the Euro Cup 2016, beating huge football nations like England. Being the total underdog and making it so far; the team along with their dentist coach became one of the most talked about teams of the tournament. Their indomitable team spirit and enthusiasm and of course the infamous viking cheer; made the Icelandic team a new favorite of many in the world. HUH!

 

The next challenge for the team was to qualify for the World Cup finals. Surely they did just that by winning their group outright, proving that their success at the Euro was no fluke. Being the smallest nation ever to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals makes this a remarkable achievement for a nation so small. HUH!

 

So here we are, 7 days away from the World Cup kick off on Thursday, June 14th and 10 days away from Iceland’s first match against Argentina on June 16th. The second match of the group is against Nigeria on June 22nd and the final game on June 26th against Croatia. If you happen to be in Iceland during these matches get ready for some craziness. All bars, restaurants and many other places will most likely be broadcasting the matches and you will hear screaming and cheering and hopefully Icelandic people celebrating until the wee hours of the night. HUH!

 

You might as well join in on the festivities and celebrate with us.
Centertainment will be hosting World Cup events at both CenterHotel Plaza and CenterHotel Miðgarður, where all the World Cup matches will be broadcasted, offering Happy Hour prices on drinks and other fun bar specials. See more on the events here.
So, next Saturday  let’s all cheer for the underdogs when Iceland meets Argentina and hope that Iceland will beat the odds once again!

ÁFRAM ÍSLAND! HUH!!

 

Iceland in the World Cup

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After Iceland’s incredible achievement last year making it into the quarter finals at the 2016 Euro cup with an epic win against England, the football team became one of the most talked about teams of the year.  And with it’s indomitable team spirit and character the team became a favorite of many in the world.

Now, a mere year later the team beats the odds again by not only qualifying the World Cup finals but by winning their Group outright. And with that proving that they are no one hit wonder.

Fireworks lit up the sky and the crowd went wild at Laugardalur stadium in Reykjavík last Monday night when the Icelandic football team won a very important match against Kosovo and became the smallest nation ever to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals. This was a remarkable achievement for Iceland, a country with a population of only 334,000.

Despite the teams success, Heimir Hallgrímsson the Icelandic football coach continued his small town tradition by approaching fans at a neighborhood sportsbar close the stadium 2 hours prior to the match. Sharing some inside details about the match and getting fans pumped up for the game.   

After the win thousands of fans flocked downtown to Ingólfstorg square where they continued celebrating this historical achievement in Icelandic sports history. Fans were greeted by ‘strákarnir okkar’ (our boys) on a big stage, singing and dancing and of course doing the viking ‘HUH’, the communal viking handclap that gives everyone the chills down the spine.

Áfram Ísland!!