Greinasafni: Icelandic Times
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EDITOR AND GENERAL MANAGER
Einar Th. Thorsteinsson
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SALES AND MARKETING
Anna Margrét Bjarnadóttir
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Sigurlaug Ragnarsdóttir

ENGLISH EDITOR

Andrew Scott Fortune

ARTICLES WRITTEN BY
Andrew Scott Fortune
Elaine Marie Valgardsson
Hrafnhildur Þórhallsdóttir
Kelly Baumann
Stefán Helgi Valsson
Vignir Andri Guðmundsson

LAYOUT/DESIGNER
Guðni Albert Kristjánsson
gudni@icelandictimes.com

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Skarðsvík, Snæfellsnes, Iceland
by Olgeir Andrésson

Welcome to Winter! With a name like Iceland, you would expect to have severe winters, probably worse than most parts of Europe or the US. Nothing could be further from the truth! Being an island surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, Iceland generally has temperatures that are milder than other Scandinavian or European countries or the US and Canada. However, this year, the rainfall we didn’t get in the summer poured down in the autumn and then temperatures dropped to their lowest in over 60 years and now we have snow–plenty of it, dry and crisp!
Iceland is totally different each season and a snowy winter offers opportunities for every kind of outdoor winter sport. At the same time, there are plenty of indoor sports going on, too, as Icelanders are well prepared for inclement weather. Yes, it is dark for much of the day during December and January, but the snow gives the land a beautiful reflected light that offsets the darkness.
A highlight of winter is the appearance of the Northern Lights. Unpredictable both in their arrival and form, they are an awesome sight,dancing across the sky and weaving patterns in a gentle, flowing motion. They are best viewed away from the city lights and numerous tours will take you to locations where they are best enjoyed.
Most tourists have not yet discovered the unique treasures of Iceland in winter. In this issue, we seek to set the record straight, to some extent, and to give you a little teaser as to what you can expect. Yes, it can be cold - but we have all the warm clothing you will need,as it is a dry cold unlike, for example, Britain,where the cold and damp get right into your bones. Every building is snug and warm, most heated by hot water pumped through volcanic rocks, still hot after thousands of years, as are the swimming pools, which are popular yearround.
Who knows, you may even get to enjoy another eruption with us but, at this time, there are no signs of any. The thick layer of snow belies the heat below and creates vistas of unbelievable beauty for your enjoyment.
Welcome to a wonderful winter wonderland that will give you memories to treasure!

Keep Your Memories Alive....................................................................4
A Staple of Class and Quality...............................................................6
Treasures and Riches........................................................................8-9
Jewellery from the Goddess of the Sea............................................ 10
Cinema on Fire.................................................................................... 12
Art in Foment.................................................................................14-15
Reykjavik Bicycle Tour Winter............................................................ 16
Harbourside Sushi.............................................................................. 16
Forged in Fire.......................................................................................17
Downtown Chocolate Fantasies........................................................ 18
Days to Remember............................................................................. 19
Contemporary Art in Iceland.........................................................20-21
A Sculptor for the Nation...............................................................22-23
Totally Thai.......................................................................................... 24
Comfort Close to Keflavík.................................................................. 25
Enjoy Winter’s Wonders................................................................26-27
The Seafood Lovers’ Haven............................................................... 28
Winter Jeep Tours............................................................................... 30
Birdlife in Reykjanes........................................................................... 32
Architect turned Leather Designer ................................................. 33
Sleep Under Northern Lights............................................................. 34
Munaðarnes Restaurant & Cottages................................................ 35
Surrounded By Nature........................................................................ 36
On Top of the World............................................................................ 37
A Northeastern Winter....................................................................... 37
Lighting The Night ........................................................................ 38-39
Europe’s Only Fish Tannery.......................................................... 40-41
Local History and Museums.............................................................. 42
The Highlands in North East Iceland.......................................... 44-45
Jökulsárgljúfur—Vatnajökull National Park................................. 46-47
A Hiking Paradise.......................................................................... 48-50
Ice & Adventure Tours........................................................................ 51
East Iceland—a Hiking Haven.......................................................52-53
Ski from Mountain to Sea.................................................................. 54
Höfn’s Food Haven............................................................................. 55
Ásólfsskáli Farm Holidays.................................................................. 56
The Old Cowhouse Restaurant.......................................................... 56
Elegance in Tranquility....................................................................... 57
Recording a Changing World............................................................. 58
Eat At The Source............................................................................... 59
Dine By the Riverside......................................................................... 59
Fire, Water, Air and Earth............................................................. 60-61
Dine in a Christmas Card................................................................... 62

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