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!

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 

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

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!

GROUP MENU AT SKÝ RESTAURANT & BAR

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At SKÝ Restaurant & Bar you’ll find the perfect for your group.  With a combination of delicious food, fun drinks and the most spectacular view over the Faxaflói Bay and the city center of Reykjavík.  We offer a variety of tasty menus and welcome groups up to 80 people at a time with a smile on our faces!  Welcome!  skyrestaurant.is

NEW & DELICIOUS LOUNGE MENU AT ÍSAFOLD RESTAURANT

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Introducing our new Lounge menu at our restaurant; Ísafold located at CenterHotel Thingholt.  The Lounge menu consists of smaller dishes that offer a true taste of Icelandic cuisine.  The dishes are perfect for sharing which offers the possibility of tasting more of our amazing flavor our chef’s put in the Ísafold dishes. Welcome!!     isafoldrestaurant.is

JÖRGENSEN KITCHEN & BAR – NEW RESTAURANT AT CENTERHOTEL MIÐGARÐUR

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We are thrilled to introduce Jörgensen Kitchen & Bar, our new and exciting restaurant that it located at CenterHotel Miðgarður.  The restaurant offers wonderful dining experience in an atmosphere that has both a beautiful feel and design. Read More “JÖRGENSEN KITCHEN & BAR – NEW RESTAURANT AT CENTERHOTEL MIÐGARÐUR”