Parking Lot Becomes Harbourside Park

Miðbakkinn, a former parking lot along the Reykjavík waterfront that has been converted into a public space for families, was opened during a public ceremony on Friday, Vísir reports.

Miðbakkinn includes a children’s cycling area, a skate park, and a basketball court. Its skate park was designed in collaboration with Steinar Fjeldsted, a skateboarder and graffiti artist who runs a skateboarding school in Reykjavík, and Sesselja Traustadóttir, a cycling educator and activist, designed the cycling area. Young artists were commissioned to paint the ground murals, which feature a giant crab, fish, and a sailor’s knot.

Friday’s celebration featured musical performances and food trucks, both of which will return for Iceland’s first street fair, which will take place at Miðbakkinn from July 19 – 21. The fair will also have pop-up shops, coffee stalls, and scheduled entertainment.

“I think this will be a very lively and fun area which was, of course, a parking lot, but has now become part of city residents’ public space” remarked Sigurborg Ósk Haraldsdóttir, the chair of the City of Reykjavík’s planning committee. “Because it’s not going to go back to being a parking lot…the idea is that, over time, it will have permanent facilities for these kinds of sports and other kinds of harbourside activities.”

George Clooney to Film in Iceland This Fall

George Clooney will be filming his next movie in Iceland this fall. Backstage.com reports that Clooney will both star in and direct Good Morning, Midnight, a post-apocalyptic drama based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Lily Brooks-Dalton.

The story follows “two isolated survivors [as they] try to maintain contact to help each other navigate the circumstances.” One of these is Augustine (played by Clooney), a scientist in the Arctic, and another is an astronaut on a spaceship attempting to return to Earth. English actress Felicity Jones will be co-starring in the film, although her role has yet to be confirmed.

The movie is being produced for Netflix and will be filmed in both the UK and Iceland, starting in October. Netflix has a demonstrated fondness for Iceland, both as a filming location and a destination. Several of its notable series were filmed in the country in recent years—Sense8, Black Mirror, and Lost in Space, among them—and the streaming giant also made headlines in Iceland earlier this month when it brought 900 of its employees to the country on a work-sponsored vacation.