Sunday, September 27, 2009

If Gerard Butler came to Iceland for a weekend.

Inspired after having seen The Ugly Truth for the second time last night, I figured my first assignment would be to write about Gerard Butler. My very limited research about him (but since it's my first assignment I hope people will forgive the short background research), which include Wikipedia and Gerard Butler's fansite, show that he doesn't drink, likes travelling, hiking, football and running.

Thursday: Flights from the US always come in the morning. Therefore the first day would just be a day for relaxing in and around Reykjavik. I would have them check themselves into Hotel Hilton and sleep for a few hours to adjust to the time difference (my advice when coming from the US: don't sleep during the flight and no alcohol, then sleep for four hours when arrived at the hotel). The afternoon and evening would be spent walking around Reykjavik enjoying the scenery, stopping at the Fishmarket for dinner and then popping into one of the many places that offer live music.

Friday: I would take them to my favourite location in Iceland called Thorsmork (Þórsmörk). It is a beautiful place in the south of the country, surrounded by glaciers, rivers and mountains and not easily accessible. After placing our luggage in the smaller lodge in Básar, I would take the party on a hike up to Morinsheiði (Morins Heath) which offers a breathtaking view of the valley of Thorsmork. The rest of the day could then be spent either further examining the area or having the party go treasure hunting and then enjoying a birch-roasted lamb for dinner. Music and a camping fire at the end of the evening.

Saturday: A short walk into one of the canyons of Thorsmork, preferably one that allows getting people's feet wet. Then a drive up to Jökulsárlón, where the party could go on a tour around the lagoon, enjoy a fabulous feast of Icelandic food and then take a flight back to Reykjavik. If the party would be so inclined, the night would be spent clubbing.

Sunday, last day: After checking out of the hotel, I would pick them up and take them to the Blue Lagoon. The party could soak in the warm water, cover themselves in silica mud and enjoy a massage while in the water (I've heard going to the lagoon before a flight guarantees a good in-flight sleep). Then after a lunch at the Blue Lagoon restaurant, the party would be driven to the airport for their flight home.

So, a first assignment completed, albeit a short one. I hope people will forgive me if something is wrong or doesn't sound right. Maybe someone feels inspired to come to the country.


What I want to do!

I was lying in bed this morning, wondering what I should do with my life now that my office job is nearing its end and unemployment is staring me in the face. Suddenly I figured "Why not use my imagination, love for movies (and movie stars) and love for my country to write stories about what I would do if I could meet movie stars here in Iceland?" It doesn't hurt, it's something fun and it gives me something to do while I figure out my next career move.

I am one of those people who has an undying passion for movies and the stories they tell but I would also love to meet the people making the movies, whether lighting technicians, runners for coffee, the actors or the producers. I don't think I would swoon over them, but I'd just love to meet them and make sure they had fun in Iceland.

So who am I? I am a 28 year old Icelandic woman living in the capital of Iceland who really loves organizing trips and. I love discovering things about my own country (and others for that matter)I enjoy meeting new people, love hearing peoples stories and one of the things I would do if I could is to find a way to get Iceland out of this recession.

I also love movies, although I'm not a deep ponderer about them. I prefer thinking about the stories themselves and how they make me feel afterwards. I don't think too much about camera techniques, the dialogue or whether or not the actors had the right shoes on, unless I've seen the movie 15,000 times and start paying attention to these things. I religiously stay away from thrillers or blood&gore movies after having seen IT when I was 10 and couldn't enter my bedroom for 3 hours because I was terrified the hideous clown was waiting for me under my bed (when I finally managed to enter my bedroom I looked into my closet and under my bed five times before I fell asleep, and even then I made sure that my bedroom door and my parents' door was open in case of sudden need for escape).

Why should movie stars (or anyone) come to Iceland?
  1. Iceland is a beautiful country, not too hot and not too cold, with various activities that anybody (not just movie stars!) can enjoy. We have river rafting, glaciers, glacial lagoons, beautiful nature, dark nights, aurora borealis (northern lights), the ocean, whales, peaceful nights, midnight sun (during the summer), good food, discusting food, snow and so much more.
  2. The Icelandic nation itself is not too jumpy when it comes to celebrities. We are a pretty closed nation and even though a few movie stars have not been able to exit a few night clubs without a kiss or two, instances like that are few (that I know of). There are no lines of screaming girls or boys, no masses of paparazzi and we just want others to enjoy our country without bringing too much harm to it.
I will be posting a better description of myself and Iceland later on. I made a promise to myself to write once a week, so this will be a weekly blog for now. My goal is to actually have one movie star show up in Iceland with his or her family and / or friends and to take care of their needs for one week. Lets see if I can get anywhere with that.