This fjord is my fjord, this fjord is your fjord,
From the valley Thörsmork to the geyser Strokkur,
From Lake Lögurinn to Björk’s house in Reykjaviík.
Iceland was made for you and me.
Our favourite Nordic country just got a little closer: Icelandair will launch direct flights between Toronto and Reykjaviík on May 2. To celebrate, Iceland Naturally is hosting a week-long Taste of Iceland festival from March 10–16 to promote modern Viking culture to Torontonians. Most events take place at The Drake Hotel and the Esplanade Bier Markt.
Rock Star: Supernova finalist Magni and his band will perform free concerts at the Bier Markt on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 12 at 9:00 p.m. At the Drake Underground, indie rocker Ólafur Arnalds and experimental/electronica act Ghostigital will play two free shows on March 12 and 13. While Icelandic music greats Sigur Rós will not be joining the festivities, their documentary/live performance film Heima will be shown at the Cumberland Theatre on Thursday, March 13 at 8:15 p.m., after a 6:30 p.m. screening of Children (Börn).
If cabbage and salt fish are your kind of deal, famous Icelandic chef Hákon Örvarsson is collaborating with the Drake Hotel’s Anthony Rose and the Bier Markt’s Michael Cipollo to create gourmet tasting menus at the host restaurants that will be available all week. While you’re at the Drake, check out Cold Hearts Revisited, a video journey through Iceland’s music scene (March 15, 7:30 p.m., free).
Photo by M.Franci.