Icelandic Women Prepare to Be Pampered Today PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 February 2011 13:00

People usually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Iceland, which is an imported holiday, although its popularity is growing, especially among business owners who want to make money out of it.


Valentine’s Day falls between two traditional Icelandic romantic days: January 21 was bóndadagur, or Husbands’ Day (bóndi also means “farmer”), and today it’s the women’s turn to be pampered on konudagur.

While bóndadagur marks the beginning of the old month of Thorri (and the Thorrablót mid-winter feasts with all sorts of strange treats) konudagur, Women’s Day or Wives' Day, marks the beginning of the month of Góa.

In Icelandic there’s a saying: ad threyja thorrann og góuna, which refers to these two months representing the harshest winter period and if people can just stick it out until the end of Góa they have survived winter and can start looking forward to spring.

But even in the harshest time of winter it’s nice to have a reason to celebrate. On konudagur men must remember to treat their partners to something nice; flowers and chocolates are always popular.
The sale of flowers doubles on konudagur. “Our feeling is that women buy flowers along with something else [on Husbands’ Day] whereas men make a special trip to the florist’s on Women’s Day and buy larger bouquets,” florist Sigurdur Moritzson at Graenn markadur commented to Morgunbladid.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:06
Skyr Tart Named Cake of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 February 2011 16:00

The 2011 Cake of Year has been chosen in the National Association of Baker Masters annual contest. The winner is a creation by Sigurdur M. Gudjónsson at the bakery Bernhöftsbakarí, a dreamy white skyr tart with raspberries and white chocolate.

Skyr Tart Named Cake of the Year

The cake’s sale will be launched tomorrow, Women’s Day, in all of the association member bakeries (see the listing here), and will be sold throughout the year.

According to, in the competition contestants hand in their ready-made cakes which the judges taste and evaluate and give points for tastiness, look and the likelihood that they will be generally enjoyed by consumers.

There was a total of 16 entries this year. The winning entry is a combination of many layers, including a French biscuit layer, skyr soufflé, raspberry purée and an almond layer. The cake is covered with white chocolate and decorated with macaroons. 

The winner presented Minister of Industry Katrín Júlíusdóttir with the cake in honor of her contributions to the Icelandic industry on Friday. The competition was held in cooperation with the dairy MS.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:08
Illustrated Folk Stories on Display at Reykjavík Library PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 February 2011 12:30

An exhibition of illustrated folk stories is currently running in the main building of Reykjavík City Library on Tryggvagata 15. It opened on Monday and will continue throughout this weekend. The library is open from 1 to 5 pm on weekends.

Illustrated Folk Stories on Display at Reykjavík Library

The exhibition is the result of a course in literary illustration held by Idan Education Center for members of the Association of Bookmakers. Illustrator Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir led the course where each attendee chose a folk story to illustrate, a press release describes.

Four folk stories were chosen: Skrúdsbóndinn og prestsdóttirin (“The Farmer from Skrúdur and the Vicar’s Daughter”), illustrated by Audur Björnsdóttir, Dansinn í Hruna (“The Dance at Hruni”), illustrated by Frída Blöndal, Maladu hvorki malt né salt (“Neither Mill Malt Nor Salt”), illustrated by Gunnar Steinthórsson, and Presturinn og djákninn (“The Priest and the Deacon”).

In other library news, the project “Living Library” will take place at the library in Gerduberg in Reykjavík’s Breidholt district today between 2 and 4 pm, where visitors can borrow a living, talking book for their enlightenment and entertainment.

The project’s purpose is to counteract prejudice. Each book represents a different group of the community, minorities that often face prejudice or social isolation.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:07
Play on “Farting Hillock” in Reykjavík Culture Center PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 February 2011 03:00

The children’s play Prumpuhóllinn (“The Farting Hillock”) by Thorvaldur Thorstteinsson will be staged by the theater group Möguleikhúsid in the Gerduberg culture center in Reykjavík’s Breidholt district today, February 19, at 2 pm.

Play on “Farting Hillock” in Reykjavík Culture Center

The play tells the story of Hulda, a girl who has recently moved from the city to the countryside. When she plays hide and seek with her brother Halli she gets lost and can’t find her way back home, a press release describes. 

She does not like this strange environment where the nature stinks, the grass stings and bugs are everywhere.

By a weird hillock which emits mysterious sounds she meets Steini. He is a cheerful troll boy who wears unconventional clothes and tells Hulda that the hillock is in fact his father.

He turned into stone after a ray of sunshine hit him just after having eaten loads of sheep sorrel porridge. But the porridge didn’t turn to stone. It is still boiling so that the hillock rumbles and the smell is awful…

Prumpuhóllinn is directed by Pétur Eggertz, who also portrays the male characters while Hulda is played by Anna Brynja Baldursdóttir. The set and costumes were designed by Messíana Tómasdóttir and Gudni Franzson wrote the music.

The play, which is 45-minutes long, is suitable for children ages two to ten. Tickets cost ISK 1,500 (USD 13, EUR 9). To book tickets, call (+3564) 897-1813 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:08
Judges Get Pay Raise Due to Pressure PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 February 2011 22:00

The Wage Council has decided that judges of the Supreme Court and Reykjavík District Council should receive a temporary salary increase throughout January 31, 2013, because of additional pressure on the courts.

Judges Get Pay Raise Due to Pressure

 The pay raise will be retroactive to February 1, 2011, and will amount to approximately ISK 101,000 (USD 859, EUR 632) per month, Morgunbladid reports.

“The Wage Council believes it is right to react to the heavy workload on the judges of the Reykjavík District Court and the Supreme Court, which is the result of complicated and extensive cases tracing back to the economic collapse,” the Wage Council’s argumentation states.

Two members of the council, Rannveig Sigurdardóttir and Svanhildur Kaaber, disagree with the majority and handed in a special evaluation.

They pointed out that because of new legislation, the number of judges of the District Court will increase by five as of March 1 and by three at the Supreme Court. It is also planned to hire more assistants and secretaries for the judges. They reason that because of these plans the increased workload is already being responded to.

Jónas Thór Gudmundsson, another member of the council, also handed in a special evaluation saying that he supports the majority’s decision but wants all district judges across the country to receive a pay raise and for it to be permanent.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:09
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