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Eve Fanfest 2017

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The annual EVE Online Fanfest is set to take place April 6-8 at the Harpa Concert & Conference Hall in downtown Reykjavík, hosted by the game developer CCP.

For an awesome three-day gathering in beautiful Reykjavík, Iceland Eve fans from all over the world gather to socialize, attend presentations, tournaments and take part in various activities connected with gaming. There are parties, an amazing pub crawl, community camaraderie, and the infamous Party at the Top of the World hosting acts such as DJ Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones) and illustrious Permaband, CCP´s in-house rock gods.

We at Centerhotels are once again proudly partnering with CCP and hosting EVE fans from all over the world at our hotels.  The hotels hosting the EVE fans are CenterHotel Plazalocated right downtown, close to all the action and Centerhotel Arnarhvoll that is located across the street from the Fan fest venue.  Arnarhvoll has a beautiful roof top restaurant; SKÝ Restaurant & Bar with that offers views over Harpa where you can sip on an exclusive EVE Online cocktail, while observing the excited and possibly dressed up attendees enter the event across the street. 

The exclusive EVE Online cocktail that we created just for this event will be available at all our hotel bars during the event days.

Have fun at EVE Fanfest 2017!

 

Design in Reykjavík during DesignMarch

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Fresh, exciting, exotic and not so well known or accessible elsewhere in the world, DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design event. It will take place for the ninth consecutive time on March 23-26, 2017.

DesignMarch offers a unique chance to see and experience Icelandic design, spiced with a handful of the most interesting international names.

From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival showcases the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names.

For four days, Reykjavík plays host to dozens of openings, exhibitions, workshops and other events. There are over 100 events-exhibitions, workshops, seminars and parties spread across the city. Usually, these fairs are only open for professionals, but we Icelanders like to have fun, so everybody joins in.

This year Centerhotels is participating in DesignMarch by partnering with ANGAN, a sustainable handcrafted skincare brand from Iceland who will be showcasing their products at the beautiful Ísafold Spa which is located at CenterHotel Þingholt.  For further information about the event see here

For more information on DesignMarch, log on to DesignMarch

Both sides of the Pond in Reykjavík

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Tjörnin or the pond in Reykjavík city center is always picturesque whether it‘s summer or winter and it‘s always nice to take a stroll around the pond and explore its surroundings.

There‘s lots of bird life around the pond and five types of ducks nest and lay their eggs there and you can also see swans, eider ducks and the arctic tern.

It is quite popular for families to visit the pond to feed the ducks and during the winter time when the pond freezes people get together and skate on the pond.

The large building at the corner of the pond is City Hall built in 1992. The ground floor is open to visitors every day of the week and there‘s a 70 mraised relief map of Iceland that is interesting to examine.

On the other side of the pond is the Hljómskálagarður park, where you can see various sculptures and statues as well as a circular building called Hljómskálinn which the park is named after. This was the first building in Reykjavík especially erected for musical purposes and to this day school brass bands rehearse there.

Enjoy your walk around the Tjörnin – the city pond!

Bun Day

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Many people don‘t like Mondays but Monday next, February 27, is surely an exception since it‘s Bun Day and if you have a sweet tooth you‘re going to love it.

The tradition of eating choux pastry buns filled with jam and whipped cream, topped with chocolate glaze came to Iceland from Norway and Denmark and marks the start of Lent.

The weekend before Bun Day bakeries and grocery stores start selling buns and many locals will bake their own buns and invite their families and friends over for a treat. These days you can get all kinds of exotic buns with a variety of different fillings and toppings, making it hard to choose which ones to sample.

Before Bun Day it‘s quite common that children in kindergarten make sticks decorated with colorful paper strips that they use to spank their parents and say bolla, bolla, which means bun, bun  and then their parents have to give them some sweet buns.

You will be able to taste these sugary and sweet buns at our restaurant Jörgensen Kitchen & Bar on Monday since we’ll be offering complimentary buns with all dishes served during lunch hour.   So if you’re in the mood for some sugar and sweets come join us at Jörgensen.

And the last but not least – Have a nice Bun Day!

And the Beat Goes On

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Music lovers can certainly rejoice this week as the Sónar music festival takes place in Harpa concert hall February 16-18.

Many of the most popular Icelandic musicians and DJs are playing at the festival, for example Gus Gus, FM Belfast, Aron Can and Emmsjé Gauti. Some famous foreign bands will also make an appearance such as Fatboy Slim and De La Soul.

The festival will take place at Harpa Concert Hall in three different concert halls and a part of the underground car park that will be transformed into a night club where local and international DJs will keep the party going until 3 am.

Harpa Concert Hall is located right opposite CenterHotel Arnarhvoll and SKÝ Restaurant & Bar and therefore ideal to stop by at SKÝ to enjoy seeing Harpa concert hall from the top floor restaurant for a drink or two before or after the concert.

So join the party, enjoy the music and dance.

For more information and tickets click here

Love is all around us at CenterHotels

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Love and romance will be our main focus at our restaurants on Valentines day and therefore an ideal venue for all your lovebirds out there that would like to enjoy each others company in a cozy atmosphere with tasty food and wine.

Our chefs at Ísafold Restaurant have put together a delicious 5 course meal that they’ve tailored made for this romantic day of the year.  The food at Isafold is locally sourced made from quality ingredients and the restaurant itself is beautifully designed – perfect for romantic evenings.

At SKÝ Restaurant & Bar our chef’s have put together a tasty three course dinner with a dash of romance hence you’ll find there delicious food, cozy atmosphere an the most spectacular view over Faxaflói bay and down town Reykjavík.

Love will be all around Jörgensen Kitchen & Bar as well since the Jörgensen chef’s will be giving the first 14 tables that book at table on Valentines day complimentary licorice cremé brulée á la Jörgensen.

And so – romance, love, happiness and excellent food is what you may expect when visiting our restaurant during Valentines day.

Welcome!

Running beneath the Northern Lights

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How about having a bit of fun while getting good and refreshing exercise in the cold Reykjavík winter air during your visit in the capital? Who knows, you might even become lucky enough to see the Northern Lights while running? How can you top that? On Saturday, February 4th at 7 pm you will have a chance to do all that when the Winter Fun Run takes place.
The Fun Run starts at Harpa concert hall and meanders around the city stopping at several fun stations such as Hallgrímskirkja church, Reykjavik Art Museum and the City Hall. At each station there will be music and lights to entertain and dazzle the runners and of course those who prefer to enjoy the run slowly and walk through it.
The Northern Lights Fun Run is a part of the Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival and the Reykjavík International Games. Everyone can take part or watch and cheer on the participants. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday in the city.

To join the run or to get a bit more information about it please click here.

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:

www.isafoldrestaurant.com and www.skyrestaurant.is 

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….