Whenever you book a flight or actually travel on board a plane, you might have noticed a few important pieces of information on your ticket. Each ticket shows a flight number and time, as well as the name of the passenger traveling. The ticket also shows three letter codes, known as IATA airport codes, which help to distinguish between the many thousands of airports all over the world and identify each one. No matter whether you’re traveling in the United States or internationally, the codes are used. The airport code KEF is used for Keflavik International Airport. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.KEF Airport Code
2.History of Airport Code KEF
3.Statistics for Airport Code KEF
4.Parking at KEF
6.Hotels at KEF
KEF Airport Code
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Attraction Spotlight: Elnar Jonsson Museum
The Elnar Jonsson Museum, in Reykjavik, Iceland, focuses solely on the first famous sculptor known in Iceland’s history. With many different sculptures handcrafted by the man himself, the museum is a beautiful and inspiring way to walk among history. The sculptural museum started with Jonsson himself donating a substantial portion of his work to the people of Iceland in 1909, but only on the condition that they be placed in a museum.
However, the Parliament of Iceland did not accept this gift until 1914. The museum was built using both private and governmental financing and grants, and the building where it currently stands and houses his work was opened in 1923. The location was chosen by Jonsson himself, as he loved the idea of locating at the very top of the highest hill in town. Thousands of visitors come through the museum doors and browse the outdoor sculpture garden every year to check out this national treasure.
All of the exhibits located at the museum focus on the life and works of Elnar Jonsson. Below are some of the most important works to make sure to see on a visit to the museum.
? Dawn - Sculpted in 1906, Jonsson’s inspiration for this sculptural work came from the Night-troll folktale. This story is about a young girl who is left alone on her family’s farm the evening before the Christmas holiday. While everyone else is away at church, the girl watches the farmland until she sees a troll just outside of her window. When it attempts to lure the girl into the night, a poetry battle ensues which causes the troll to lose all track of time until dawn comes and it turns to stone.
? Remorse - Created between 1911 and 1947, Jonsson acquired the idea of Remorse mainly with inspiration gained from his student and college years. This collection contains mainly sketches that inspired to eventual clay sculpture. Remorse is full of emotional and symbolism, speaking greatly to Jonsson’s relationship with culture and the many different changes Iceland went through that affected him deeply.
? Outlaws - Outlaws was Jonsson’s break out work of art, which was shown at an exhibition in Copenhagen called the Charlottenborg’s Art Show in 1901. Outlaws focuses again on folktale inspiration and tells the story of someone who has been wrongly convicted and forced to flee to the country with his child and wife.
? Natura Mater - Literally translating to Mother Nature, Jonsson originally dreamed up this sculpture drawing inspiration for monuments placed on mass graves. Linking Greek and Egyptian sphinx images and folklore, Natura Mater features a unique creature with the body of a lion with the face of a woman. It was created in 1906.
Other works found at the museum are - The Spell Broken (1916-1927), The Pioneer (1911), The Wave of the Ages (1894-1905), the Birth of Psyche (1915-1927), Fate (1900-1927), Ingolfur Arnarson (1907), and Rest (1915-1935).
Admission is required to enter the museum, but discounted admission is provided for students, seniors, and the disabled. Children 17 years old and younger will be admitted free. These tours must be scheduled ahead of time by contacting the museum by phone.
The Elnar Jonsson sculpture museum fondly welcomes student groups of all ages to tour the museum free of charge. Teachers who are interested in bringing their classroom should contact the museum staff directly to make sure to get a reservation in advance (the museum recommends at least a week). They can also speak directly with the staff to plan a tour that hits all of the important curriculum requirements that that class may have, as the tour guides can focus on specific works of art in more detail if they fit in with the classroom’s art educational goals.
Museum tours and field trips, even with a staff led tour, are offered totally free of charge to student groups. Classrooms should budget enough time to see both the inside of the museum as well as the large sculptural gardens located just outside. No backpacks are permitted on the grounds. Contact the museum for information on bus parking, as well.
The shop located at Elnar Jonsson is a unique and interesting way to take some of the works of art home - in smaller forms. The gift shop sells plaster casted works on a much smaller scale, as well as various books about Jonsson’s art and life, and postcards of some of his sculptures.
Elnar Jonsson Museum, Eiriksgata 3, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland, Phone: +35-45-51-37-97
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Attraction Spotlight: Harpa
Harpa is one of the most recognizable and important landmarks in Reykjavik, Iceland, due to its cultural impact and significance. Come see a show, take a tour, and enjoy the breathtaking views offered at this one of a kind attraction. Harpa opened in May 2011 and has since become an unparalleled tour destination, welcoming a record ten million people through its doors in under ten years.
Standing on the harbor in the center of Reykjavik, Harpa offers some of the most awe-inspiring views of the town and the surrounding scenery. It has gone on to win numerous awards and accolades, including the best contemporary music venue of the new millennium (by Gramophone Magazine) and best event facility (by Travel and Leisure Magazine). The name, Harpa, was the result of a contest that netted over 4000 different name proposals. Harpa is a musical instrument as well as the name of a month in the old, Nordic calendar. The first concert held at Harpa was by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
Permanent Attractions and Exhibits
As Harpa is a constantly changing and unique destination that provides a wide variety of different shows, concerts, conferences, and more, there are very few permanent attractions and exhibits that are hosted there. However, guests who want to get behind the scenes at Harpa can take one of the unforgettable sightseeing tours. The tour guides at Harpa take guests through the less frequently seen parts of the building and provide them with interesting history and fun facts about the design, the glass exterior of Olafur Eliasson, and other information that guests do not often get to hear about.
Each tour is offered in English and lasts about half an hour. There is a small cost for the sightseeing tour, but children under the age of 16 are permitted free of charge. Students, seniors, the disabled, and groups that contain more than ten people will receive a discount. The tours are considered wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available free of charge at the ticket office.
For large groups, tours should be reserved in advance by contacting the Harpa staff by email as far in advance as possible. Tours are available not only in English but also in Finnish, Danish, Italian, and German.
One of the more in-depth tours at Harpa is affectionately known as the “Honeymoon” tour, where guests are taken not only through a tour of the architectural parts of the Harpa (like the glass exterior and the view in general), but also through the “guts” of the building. Guests will learn about the ventilation system, the gadgets, the power system, and the other engineering wonders of Harpa. Led by the head engineer, Rikhardur Kristjansson, this tour can be requested at the ticket office.
Here are a few of the more important rooms and halls in Harpa –
- Kaldalon - The smallest hall in Harpa, Kaldalon is located on the first floor. Although small, the design of the hall makes it perfect for more intimate concerts, film screenings, lectures, meetings, etc. The seats were designed to slope, and the lighting is variable to allow for several types of events and the area just in front of the hall opens to the marina, which is perfect for pre-event receptions.
- Haaloft - One of the newest areas of Harpa, the Haaloft (also known as the Attic) is on the eighth floor of Harpa and has some of the best views of the city, the harbor, the mountains, and the Fax Bay. It can fit up to a hundred people and is known as one of the most elegant rental halls at Harpa.
- Bjortuloft - This two-story reception area, on the top floor of Harpa, features a bar and a selection of balconies that provide beautiful views of the sea, Esjuna, and the city. It is one of the more popular areas at Harpa for receptions, meetings, and parties and can accommodate anywhere from 100 to 350 people at a time.
- Open Showroom - Located on the main floor of Harpa, the Open Showroom offers a vast range of possibilities with its thousand feet of open space that allows for catering, receptions, or banquets.
- Northern Lights - Possibly the most stunning of the halls at Harpa, Northern Lights was designed to awe guests and is the perfect venue for concerts, theater, and even weddings. The lights, which are located inside the walls, are adjustable in a variety of colors to fit with any desired atmosphere.
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- Spar - Spar (also known as Silfurberg) is the main conference room, as it is the only hall in Harpa that was specifically designed to be a conference center. Complete with top of the notch lighting, sound, seating, and more, Spar also comes with soundproof doors to that keep the party inside.
- Eldborg - The largest hall, located on the second floor, is a first-class concert venue that was designed specifically for music of all types. Eldborg can seat up to 1600 people at a time and is one of the most elegant venues at Harpa.
One of the most interesting features at Harpa is that the building was built to be “green.” Virtually all of the energy used at Harpa comes from renewable, clean Icelandic hydropower or geothermal energy sources. The water that is piped into Harpa comes from a nearby lake, and it requires no handling before being ready for human consumption. The glass exterior of the building was created to reduce the amount of artificial lighting needed, and as many products as possible are recycled. Harpa works closely with local governmental sources and has set even more environmental goals for the year 2030.
Before leaving, guests who are new to the area should stop by Geysirland. This comprehensive service for tourists offers advice about hotels, art galleries, museums, and other shopping and entertainment options locally. Guests can also pick up and return cars that have been rented from Geysir Car Rental.
Harpa is renowned for not only its first-rate facilities that guests can rent to hold their own special events in, but also a knowledgeable and caring staff that provides personalized service and professional advice during all stages of planning. This makes Harpa the perfect destination for conferences, concerts, cultural events, parties, and shows of all types. Catering is offered with a focus on newer Icelandic cuisines and traditions and provide guests with seasonal menus and handcrafted mixed drinks.
Harpa features many concerts and music festivals held throughout the year, as it is considered the top music destination in the city. Dark Music Days, Tectonics, Iceland Airwaves, and the Harpa International Music Academy are all held annually on-site, and regular concerts by Reykjavik Metropolitan, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Icelandic Opera are frequently offered. Many internationally known touring artists also stop at Harpa while on tour, including Patti Smith, Burt Bacharach, Of Monsters and Men, Bjork, and Cyndi Lauper. Harpa strives to offer something for everyone when it comes to their musical options, and tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or the day of the concert or festival at the ticket office.
Harpa is also well known for the wide variety of conferences and exhibition style events held there. In the past few years, the exhibition hall has been the home of the Reykjavik Fashion Festival, Food and Fun Festival, Yoga Soundscape, Harpa in Harpa, Nike Sneakerball, Expo Pavilion, the Christmas Market, and UT Messan. After being named “Best Conference Center,” Harpa continues to strive to offer as many different conference and expo experiences as possible in its over 6000 square feet of conference space.
The website for Harpa is fully interactive and allows guests to view a full calendar of events to help plan a trip. The website is searchable in various categories including type of event (standup comedy, festivals, children’s events, and even free events) as well as by hall and date.
Dining and Shopping
Harpa is home to two different restaurants, Kolabrautin (featuring modern Icelandic cuisine) and Smurstodin (more casual, offering pies, coffee, and happy hour options). There is also an in-house catering service, which provides guests at all of the exhibition halls and concert spaces with dining options while visiting for a show, wedding, or other event. There are also two shops at Harpa, Experience and Epal, which are both located on the ground floor. They both sell unique and diverse selections of merchandise like books, home design options, flowers, and more.
Harpa, Austurbakka 2, 101 Reykjavik, 528 5000
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