6:00 pm ~ Private tour of Harpa Concert Hall. Experience the award winning architecture of Harpa and visit areas that are not open to the general public. Our guide will share some of Harpa’s secrets, stories of odd incidents and the struggles during the economic crisis. Learn how Icelandic nature, volcanoes and the Arctic light inspired the unique design by artist Olafur Eliasson and the amazing glass facade of the house – and be able to photograph it from new intriguing angles; allowing you to explore the less visible brilliance of this world renowned architectural masterpiece. https://en.harpa.is
7:00 ~ "How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes" at Harpa. In seeing “How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes” Bjarni Haukur Thorsson teaches you everything you need to know about being Icelandic, in just one hour. You will learn how to walk, talk and behave like a regular Icelander. Additionally you will learn why eating sour sheep balls might save your life. The live performance is much more than a stand up comedy routine, it is a hilarious blend of incisive and visual observation of the Icelandic human condition, their attitudes, struggles and everyday life. You will laugh and learn and at the end of the show leave the theater feeling 100% Icelandic.
8:15 ~ Dinner at Kolabrautin. One of the goals of this trip is to introduce you to the very best of Icelandic cuisine. Reykjavik has become an international foodie destination of many traditional, contemporary, exotic, and sophisticated flavors. Enjoy our first dinner on the top floor of the famous Harpa Concert Hall. The views of the harbor are spectacular, the service is excellent, the food is delicious. http://www.kolabrautin.is/en/
DAY 2, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th | ICELANDIC MUSIC
Breakfast at the hotel. Sand Hotel has a popular breakfast buffet with a variety of hot and cold choices and is included every morning at the hotel. A typical Icelandic breakfast usually consists of skyrr (Icelandic yogurt), müsli, green apples, oranges, coffee, eggs, oatmeal, kleinur (Icelandic cardamom crullers), and their miraculous fish cod oil for the daring! The Sand Hotel's bakery is the best in town. The buffet is open from 7:00 to 10:00 am.
10:00 am ~ Introduction to Icelandic Music at 12 Tónar record shop and independent label. This legendary shop in the heart of Reykjavík has played an important role in the Icelandic music scene. Known for its carefully catered selection of Icelandic and international music, friendly atmosphere, and regular live concerts, it has frequently been listed amongst the finest record stores in the world and in some occasions declared the #1 record store in the world. With nearly 80 releases on its label, covering a wide range of genres, 12 Tónar has launched the careers of numerous musicians and released the music of artists and bands like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Samaris, Víkingur Ólafsson, Mugison, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Ólöf Arnalds, Daníel Bjarnason, Pink Street Boys and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The founder Larus Johannesson will give us a short lecture and discussion on the history of Icelandic music. Then we can browse their wide selection of music, magazines, and literature on two floors and enjoy free espresso. http://www.12tonar.is
11:15 am ~ Visit to record shop and independent label Bad Taste Records. Bad Taste (known as Smekkleysa in Icelandic, literally Tastelessness) is one of Iceland’s most important record labels; located in Reykjavík and known worldwide for being home to The Sugarcubes and Björk, it also publishes poetry books, short films, greeting cards and Icelandic gifts. We'll get to meet the founder, our friend Asi Jónsson. https://smekkleysa.net
12:00 pm ~ Lunch at Messinn. This cozy little restaurant has unique local cuisine, exquisite seafood, large portions, and a beautiful environment. http://messinn.com
2:00 pm ~ Private informal concert and visit to composer / band (TBD) at Mengi. We are arranging a special activity with one of Iceland’s most interesting musical artists. For example, this could be a live concert and screening of Fantomas by Amiina at Mengi. After meeting the artist and hearing them perform, we will have an opportunity to discuss music first-hand in Iceland. Mengi is an independent experimental music and art organization and venue created and managed by artists in Reykjavik. It hosts diverse art events, releases music by some of the nation's most ambitious musicians, and operates an art and record store.