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  • Day4

    The Symphony

    May 16, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    5) Today I had the opportunity to listen to the Icelandic symphony at the Harpa Building, the music hall in Reykjavík. The music was beautiful and it was amazing to see how universal the language of music is... the conductor switched back and forth between English and Icelandic but many of the words for different music terms were the same in both languages.Read more

  • Day4

    Meet Us Don't Eat Us!

    May 16, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    6) Write about one Icelandic leader you have met: introduce him or her, describe the parts of the leadership system in relation to him or her.

    At our “Meet Us Don’t Eat Us” service work, we met Marvin (far right). He was one of the leaders of the campaign who advocated for the whales in the waters of Iceland. His job was under human resources and he worked directly with tourists, recruiting some to help increase awareness of the campaign and urging others to sign the petition. His goal was to inform tourists that eating whale meat is not an Icelandic tradition and one should not participate in this activity, as it is harmful to the environment. In his leadership system, he was the leader and his followers were the tourists he recruited. Their relationship was often one that was brief but both positive and fulfilling. Marvin and his followers were dedicated to the improvement of Iceland’s economy and natural resources. They wanted what was best for the whales and the people of Iceland. The context surrounding this system was that Iceland is only one of two countries left in the world that allows commercial whaling. Iceland’s economy also relies heavily upon the tourist industry and so there is a heavy tourist presence around the whales and many tourists are misinformed on the information surrounding whaling. The positive change this system is bringing about is increasing awareness about the damage whaling causes on Iceland’s economy and the whales directly. Their ultimate goal is to make commercial whaling illegal in the country.

    Describe one act of a servant leader that you have witnessed in Iceland

    Marvin, as mentioned above, was not only just a leader we met in Iceland but also a servant leader. When we began petitioning, he taught us the best way to be persuasive with the tourists and then trusted us to go out on our own and communicate. He gave us the opportunity to work with the tourists and experiment with different techniques, even though he was the most qualified at the task. When we finished, he put the spotlight on us, praising us for a job well done and lifting up our small achievements. His humility and positive attitude truly stuck out to me as important behaviors of a servant leader.
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  • Day4

    Harpa Concert Hall

    November 25, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ -1 °C

    So after successfully seeing the Northern Lights last night, albeit it in a force ten icy gale, we set off this morning to explore the city.

    Hot chocolate stop at the Concert Hall to warm up at midday.Read more

  • Day8

    Solfar, Harpa und Hot Dog

    January 20 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 1 °C

    Nach der kleinen Stärkung geht es weiter die Frakkastígur zum Wasser. Dort steht die Solfar, eine Skulptur aus Edelstahl, die ein Wikingerschiff symbolisiert. Wir haben etwas Glück und ein paar Sonnenstrahlen kommen durch die Wolken und reflektieren sich in dem poliertem Metall.
    Von hier aus laufen wir am Wasser weiter zur Harpa, dem Konzert- und Opefnhaus von Reykjavik. Der Glas- und Basaltbau ist von Außen schon sehr imposant, aber das Innere top das gleich nochmal. Der Bau ist in einer Kooperation des isländischen Künstlers Ólafur Elíasson und dem Architekten Henning Larssen. Elíasson Werke sind bekannt für die tollen Reflexion aus Glas, Licht und Wasser. Und so ist es auch hier, überall bricht und spiegelt sich das Licht.Wirklich schön. Und einen angenehmen Nebeneffekt hat der Besuch auch, in der Harpa ist es schön warm und wir können uns aufwärmen. Der Wind dringt einem echt ins Mark.
    Nachdem wir uns wieder ordentlich aufgewärmt haben geht es weiter zu einer kulinarischen Spezialität Reykjavíks, dem Hot Dog. Nicht nur irgendein Hot Dog, sondern den besten Island an der Imbissbude Bæjarnis Betzu Pylsur. Die Imbissbude hat bei den Isländern Kultstatus, aber heute am frühen Montag Vormittag hält sich die Schlange in Grenzen. Hier muss man einen „Pylsa med öllu“ bestellen, also „Würstchen mit allem“, was dann mit Ketchup, Senf, Zwiebeln (roh und geröstet) und Remoulade ist. Sehr lecker und als kleiner Snack auf unserer Tour genau das Richtige.
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  • Day4

    Letzter Tag

    January 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ❄️ -2 °C

    Heute war ich noch am Hafen, bin noch mal an der Kirche gewesen und habe mich sehr nett mit einer Kanadierin im Hostel beim Trocknen der Jeans unterhalten. Ein bisschen Einstimmung quasi. Jetzt geht es schon weiter. Island ist wirklich so schön wie alle sagen. Leider auch so teuer..Read more

  • Day7

    Reykjavik

    May 18, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    So schnell kann's gehen. Morgen fliegen wir wieder nach Hause. Nachdem wir mit dem Boot nach der Walbeobachtung in Reykjavik wieder angelegt haben sind wir ein bißchen durch die Stadt gezogen. Unter anderem haben wir uns das beeindruckende Konzerthaus Harpa, die Hallgrimskirche und das Perlan mit Planetarium angeschaut. Das Planetarium bot eine gelungene Show zum Phänomen des Polarlichtes über Island.Read more

  • Day4

    Harpa - Opern-und Konzerthaus

    February 7, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Harpa - Tónlistar- og ráðstefnuhúsið í Reykjavík (Harpa - das Konzert- und Konferenzhaus in Reykjavík) lautet die isländische Bezeichnung für das 2011 neu eröffnete Opern- und Konzerthaus in der Hauptstadt Reykjavík. Das Gebäude beherbergt sowohl das Isländische Sinfonieorchester als auch die isländische Oper und gilt mit der vom Künstler Olafur Eliasson gestalteten Fassade als architektonische Attraktion und neues Wahrzeichen der Hauptstadt.Read more

  • Day18

    We might not get out of the Opera House

    October 14, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    It's hard to find breakfast places...found one open early, called “Early Morning”. It is downtown, Sunday morning, no traffic and free parking. Jill had actual fried eggs and sausage. Then after driving looking for parking closer to the things we wanted to see, we came back to the same parking space and decided to walk.

    The sun came out and Les fell in love with their concert hall (Harpa). Luckily it is warm and I can sit. When we rented the car we rented a WiFi unit, which fits in my pocket. So I can navigate and look up places while walking as well as driving. By the time Les finished in the Harpa or concert hall it was lunch time.

    After lunch we went to the Settlement Center. Whild doing a new development, they found the remains of a farm’s long house from 871 in downtown. So the center was built around the archaeological dig below street level. The really nice interactive exhibits were in both Icelandic and English.

    Next we walked to the Art Museum, but we were just too tired to do six galleries. Both of us are feeling a bit under the weather...so quick walk for fish and chips and back to our room. All the restaurants are downtown and we are in the suburbs. We decided to try the local pool for a warm soak.
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