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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 reservations@centerhotels.com or call us at +354 595 8500

Staying in Reykjavík during Christmas?

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Are you one of the lucky ones staying in Iceland during the festive Christmas season? if so, we have the perfect dinner set out for you. A delicious Christmas menu at SKÝ Restaurant & Bar that is located on the top floor at CenterHotel Arnarhvoll. Tasty food, wonderful atmosphere and the most spectacular view over the city center and the mountain range beyond the Faxaflói Bay. A wonderful combination you should check out. Conctact us to get more information or to booke through sky@centerhotels.com or tel: +354 595 8545. See our Christmas menu here

Give Peace a Chance

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Last night Yoko Ono, artist and widow of John Lennon, lit the Imagine Peace Tower in Viðey island, a small island off the coast of Reykjavík.

The Peace Tower is a great column of light projected from a white stone monument that has the words Imagine Peace written on it in 24 languages. Every year since 2007 the tower has been lit on Lennon‘s birthday, October 9 and lights up the night sky until the day of his death, December 8.

It is possible to sail to the island and get a closer look at the memorial every night at 20:00.

See more information here

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Reykjavik International Film Festival

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What do Icelanders like to do on dark and windy autumn nights? They flock to the cinema. If you also like going to the cinema you are in luck because the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) started last weekend. At the festival you can see feature films, documentaries and short films from all over the world as well as a few from Iceland. RIFF also hosts all kinds of interesting events such as hot tub concerts, masterclasses and Q and A sessions with film directors. The main prize of the festival is a golden puffin. You don‘t have to worry about understanding strange languages because all the films are either in English or have English subtitles.

See the full program at riff.is

Have fun!

Dazzling Northern Lights in Reykjavík

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Mother nature has been welcoming these first days of autumn in Iceland by displaying the most amazing set of Northern Light activities over the capital.  

To embrace the stunning lights Reykjavík turned off the street lamps to improve the visibility for watching the spectacular show and we enjoyed every minute of it.

We hope this is just a wonderful beginning of the Northern Lights show in Iceland for the winter!