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Ear candy of the day!!

Ear candy of the day!!

We are Mugison´s biggest fans – with his trusty taped up guitar and growly rock voice – he never disappoints !!     This song is great to boost your confidence when going out to face the day. I dare you to look at yourself in the mirror and shout out :   “I´m a WOLF? “ I know I am 🙂       Pssst…. Want to find out more about Mugison? check his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mugison/


What is on Netflix in December you ask!?!

What is on Netflix in December you ask!?!

I am still getting over my binge watching of Gilmore Girls this weekend and getting back to reality.  It can be a little difficult to rip yourself away from the town of “pleasantville” where the biggest problem the Gilmore Girls face is if they are out of coffee (I can relate to that). I wanted to go over some of the shows and films coming to Netflix in December that I am excited about: Blue Jay (Film) : I watched this film a few months back and I absolutely loved it. I can admit that I have a small crush on Mark Duplass ever since I saw him in Your Sisters Sister ( some might know him from The League ). Trollhunters (TV): “A teenage boy discovers a war being waged between two groups of trolls underneath his hometown and sets off on an adventure after finding a mystic amulet.” Why not? The Eighties (TV) : Its a news series covering the top news and events from the 80´s and since I was born in the 80´s I am kindof curious. Versailles (TV): All about Louis XIV and how he went about building the most extraordinary castle in the world. Barry (Film): This film follows a young Barack Obama as he moves to New York City to attend Columbia University and where it all started. (….please dont leave us… ) This is just a small excerpt of what to come to NF in December and I will post a Christmas themed list here soon!  


Heiðrún´s peppermint cookies with white chocolate

Heiðrún´s peppermint cookies with white chocolate

      Christmas is my favorite time of year. One thing that always gets me into the holiday spirit is baking cookies. Every year I bake a lot of them both from old family recipes and from new ones as I love to try out new things when it comes to baking. As peppermint always reminds me of Christmas I created these peppermint flavored cookies with white chocolate and they are amazing! I highly recommend that you try and make these as you will not be disappointed. They are very easy to make and taste especially good with a cup of hot cocoa.   Recipe 110 gr butter –soft 80 gr sugar 50 gr brown sugar 1 – 1 ½ tsp Peppermint Drops 150 gr flour ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 30 gr cocoa 1 large egg 25 ml milk 150 gr chocolate drops or chopped chocolate (dark) Method To cover the cookie 170 gr white chocolate (I recommend the white chocolate from Wilton, you can buy it in Kostur) 10-12 pieces of Bismarck peppermint candy Method Stir together butter, sugar, brown sugar and peppermint drops in a bowl until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and egg and stir well. While stirring the mixture, add the milk. Add the chocolate drops. The mixture should be pretty thick. Roll your mixture into balls (a little bit smaller than a golf ball) and place them on a baking paper. Make sure you have enough space between them. Bake at 180 ° C for 12-14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Melt the white chocolate over a water bath. Break the Bismark candy into very small pieces. I like to use a Mortel to break them. Dip the cookies in white chocolate…


The skull in the kitchen

The skull in the kitchen

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s crime novels are sold all over the world. In her home in Iceland, where she creates the crime novels that over two million people have read, an 800 years old skull sits ominously in the kitchen.   The house stands near the sea and the waves kiss the shore. A silvery Jaguar stands in front of the house. The author opens the front door and two old pugs look curiously at the guest. Their names? Palli and Pilla. The cat of the house, Mjása, is probably chasing a mouse outside. Yrsa pours tea in dainty teacups adorned with flowers. She bought the teacups on one of her trips to England. As an author she travels abroad often. In September, there were five trips abroad in total. “I make an average of two trips a month, and I think the most frequent places I go to are Norway, the UK, Germany and the US. Usually these trips last three or four days. I speak to journalists and meet the public on the longer trips and the shorter trips are usually at crime festivals where you are on stage talking to the audience and signing books afterwards.” Yrsa worked for years as an engineer. “I’m away so much and need more time for writing so now I only do little work as an engineer.” Absolution Palli and Pilla are not so curious about me anymore and lay down on their bed. They fall asleep and snore. Yrsa started writing for children  when she was 32 years old. “I ended up writing five books for children and sort of took a pause for two years after that. When I started writing again it was to write crime novels for grown ups. I’m writing my 12th book so all in all the…


What do you like to do in Reykjavík?

What do you like to do in Reykjavík?

Steinþór Helgi Arnsteinsson Event Manager I love to wake up early and walk to work, especially when there is no one around and not even cars on the streets. Everything is so peaceful and innocent, two of the main reasons I love Reykjavík. I sometimes stop to get coffee at Kaffislippurinn at Hotel Marina, which is next to the harbour/Grandi, and is probably my favorite spot in town. I also work there and live close by, which is quite convenient. For lunch my favorite place is Coocoo’s Nest. The atmosphere is simple and laid back and the soups and sandwiches there are always delicious. After work I love the bars that have good cocktail happy hours like Apótekið. For partying it really depends on the night and crowd. For techno I go to Paloma, for hip-hop and good vibes Prikið is obligatory and for everything else, Húrra and Kaffibarinn do the trick.   Lilja Sif Þorsteinsdóttir Clinical Psychologist My favorite time of year to stroll around Reykjavík is fall, when the city dornes its beautiful gown of red, brown and yellow. For a sunny and clear Sunday morning, venture out early and head to Öskjuhlíð.  The little woods surrounding the hill make for a magical walk, especially on a sunny and clear morning. With the smell of frost in the air, the crisp sound of leaves at your feet and all the beautiful fall colors surrounding you, you can pretend you’re in your own little world. You can expect some company in the form of the occasional bunny hopping across your path. End your walk at Nauthóll, a little café by the seaside and enjoy the ocean view. Afterwards, head to Perlan for a perfect panorama view of the Reykjavík area. If you prefer an evening walk, I recommend the…


The off venue circuit@Airwaves 2016

The off venue circuit@Airwaves 2016

Follow my blog with Bloglovin By: Richard Jenns Games Producer I’ve been to Airwaves on-venue twice before, both amazing experiences for countless reasons. Nothing was going to live up to those trips; I knew this coming out for my third visit to this remarkable festival, however this time I decided to change tact. It had been four years since my last Airwaves, I’ve grown older, mellowed somewhat. The days of partying until the morning and finding the energy to do it all over again for 4 days solid seemed a distant memory. This time I wanted to take a more relaxed approach to the festival, so I decided to ditch the wristband and stick to the off-venue schedule. The off-venue shows are often set in unconventional locations that give the whole thing a more intimate feel to it, where every bar, coffee house, museum, shop and even a hotel lobby in Reykjavik is transformed into a music venue over the course of the festival. People pile into cramped, poky spaces, standing literally inches away from the artists. Those unable to get inside stand outdoors, listening to the music through open doors or peering through windows to get a better look at the action. The bands normally play shorter sets, almost giving you a sneak preview into what they can do. The bands hope that these ‘unofficial’ shows will lead to good word-of-mouth and draw out larger crowds to maybe go check them out at an on venue show they’re performing (most artists perform at least a couple of shows over the festival, sometimes more). In fact, you can arguably enjoy what the music Airwaves has to offer 24/7 without having to buy a ticket. Nursing an appalling hangover (a combination of duty free booze and strong craft beer at Ölstofan…


Dubai Design Week

Dubai Design Week

Earlier this month I flew back from doing fantastic design show in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It all started a few months back when my colleague from North Limited got a phone call from the Icelandic Design Center telling us that we were lucky enough to be invited to Dubai along with three other design studios from Iceland. We would all be showing together in Dubai along with the Icelandic design week ‘Design March’. I had heard that Dubai was a city constantly under development – new houses and hotels being built every day, well I didn’t have to put that theory to the test as our hotel was only two months old yet it was completely booked and looked fantastic. In fact, you would never have thought that it had not been anything but a designer hotel connected with the Design Week in Dubai.   Dubai started Dubai Design week three years ago, they wanted a design show to celebrate the cultural melting pot that is happening in Dubai. To add diversity to the show, Dubai has been inviting design weeks around the world to come and exhibit three brands at a time during the Dubai Design Week. There is a distinct energy in the air in Dubai, an energy to get things done and being able to always do better and greater. The show was just like the city, a melting pot of people from all over the world with great energy, inviting the guests of the exhibition to come, see and buy new beautiful items for their home. The odd uncle at the family table. During the show, we got all sorts of questions and requests, but never as much as during opening day. We had clearly lacked in our preparation and hadn’t really expected…


Our Tips for Airwaves 2016

Our Tips for Airwaves 2016

I can´t believe its that time again.  Every year, around this time I get butterflies with excitement. I have friends coming from all over the world, most of whom I have got to know during the festival throughout the years. Reykjavik city fills up with people from all over the world, here to experience the city when the music takes over. Key Tips  Plan it I usually do Off – Venue, if that is the case for you then I like to decide on a place / HQ to hang out for the most of Airwaves. That way you can get there early and find a good spot. Last year me and my friends kept to Kex Hostel and had a blast. This however is not the way to go if you have a ticket to the festival. It is crucial to plan ahead as things move fast during airwaves and make sure to be realistic about queuing. Even if you find that your two favorite bands are playing at venues next to each other at similar time you need to pick ONE otherwise you will miss out on both bands – there are going to be queues everywhere, especially for the more popular bands. App it up Make sure to download the app you guys. It gives you an easy overview of what to do, the street address and more. Wall Poetry Last year Urban Nation and Iceland Airwaves did a beautiful collaboration where walls all around Reykjavik were decorated with amazing artwork. This year they have done it again and now you can feast your eyes on creative wall art all around the city and gives a little Berlin spice to the walls around Reykjavík. My favorite artwork are at Ægisgata and Mýragata, you can look up all…


Skyr Cocktails  & Hotsprings

Skyr Cocktails & Hotsprings

It is easy to live in Iceland and forget to travel the country. For me, Hveragerði has been a place that you pass by on your way to see the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano or even further to see Jökulsárlón. We wanted to dig a bit deeper to see what is going on in the town we typically blaze past. Hveragerði is situated in the south of Iceland about 45 km from Reykjavík and is surrounded by pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs rising up from the ground. It is straight up spectacular. The area has plenty to offer, including Europe’s biggest banana plantation (yes it’s TRUE).  We decided to start our trip by visiting the geothermal park where you can see hot springs firsthand and take a natural foot bath in a geothermal pool. Beware forewarned, there is a strong smell of sulfur rising up from the springs! We are used to it in Iceland, and personally, I quite like the smell. Skyr the old fashioned way After our walk, we were ready to sample the culinary delights of Skyrgerðin. The house was built in 1930 and was the first skyr factory built in Iceland. Skyr is a non-fat dairy product unique to Iceland. It is thicker than normal yogurt and packed with protein. We were welcomed by the owner Elfa Dögg Þórðardóttir and seated at a table by the window, offering a nice scenic view of the park across the street. The restaurant has a romantically rustic atmosphere and we were keen for Elfa Dögg to tell us the story of how Skyrgerðin came about. She told us that when she saw the old skyr factory had been put up for sale earlier this year, she was quick to jump on the opportunity to restore it to…


Day Trip: Horses and Tomatoes

Day Trip: Horses and Tomatoes

This story begins with the weather because as you might know, Icelanders always have to start by discussing the weather. We woke up early, took a look outside, saw the sun, and were excited to know that in the next hour we would be out and about in the countryside. Armed with wool sweaters and sunglasses, we headed out. Our first stop was Laxnes, a horse farm in Mosfellssveit, a 20 minute drive from Reykjavík’s city centre. We were invited on a horseback ride and were admittedly nervous as we approached the farm since neither of us had been on horseback for ages. We were greeted by Haukur “the horse whisperer” (in our opinion). There are over thirty horses at the farm and he knew the character of every single one. It was really cool to see how he interacted with the horses, always lively and charming. We were the only Icelanders there, which was pretty apparent going by the outfits we chose to wear (basic rain gear, though there was not a cloud in the sky.) We know that the weather here in Iceland changes from one minute to another so it is always good to be prepared. But, again, enough about the weather. We were a bit anxious before meeting our horses Baldur and Móri, but a short while after getting to know them, we started to ease up and enjoy it. Being on horseback in Icelandic nature is something else. It’s hard to describe, but we agree you just have to try it! Half way through the tour, we were told to get off our horses and let them rest and graze a bit. Then they split the group into two, a fast and a slow group. We egged one another on to join the faster group…