Three Cruise Ships to Dock in Skagafjörður Next Summer

Three cruise ships are expected to call on the port of Sauðárkrókur (Skagafjörður) next summer, RÚV reports. A total of 10 cruise ships have scheduled calls to the port in the future. Major improvements to the harbour have been made in the past years.

Since 2015, the catch is up by 20% per year in Sauðárkrókur, most of which is processed in Sauðárkrókur or shipped for processing elsewhere (a portion is also sold at the local fish market).

“FISK Seafood has seen an increase in its catch and Dögun’s shrimp-processing plant is expanding. More and more, boats from other harbours have been unloading here, as well,” Dagur Þór Baldvinsson, Port Director Skagafjarðarhafnir (Ports of Skagafjörður) stated.

In order to meet the increased demand, the municipality of Skagafjörður is currently updating its land-use plan. President of the Regional Council, Stefán Vagn Stefánsson, celebrates this increased activity, as it is important for the municipality to receive revenue from the harbour fund. The municipality must play its cards right to guarantee increased growth.

Asked whether the port was capable of receiving large cruise ships, Stefánsson replied, “We believe so. There are three ships scheduled next year and a total of ten ships are planning to call on the port over the next few years.”

Larger cruise ships will anchor outside the harbour, to begin with. The municipality plans on improving the port in order to accommodate larger cruise ships. The exact cost of such an upgrade remains unknown. Access to electricity must also be ensured.

“It’s one of our bigger projects … and there are, as the media has noted, environmental considerations, as well. To ensure that the ships have access to electricity in ports around the country. We will certainly try. Conducting electricity to the port in Sauðárkrókur has proven a challenge. There is no electricity security, so to speak. We’re working on laying an underground cable from Varmahlíð to Sauðárkrókur as we speak. That will hopefully solve the problem,” Stefánson said.











Local Nurse Accidentally Invites 100,000 People to Her Sewing Circle

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1570704093553{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Nurse Guðrún Kristinsdóttir has made headlines in Iceland after inviting a third of the Icelandic population to her sewing circle. Kristinsdóttir accidentally posted an invite on the FB-group Gefins, allt gefins (Free, Everything for Free),  Fréttablaðið reports.

“Isn’t it time we get together? Personally, I think it’s time for a sewing circle. Dóra María hosted the circle last time. Should we stick to a system of alphabetical order, or do we have any volunteers?” Kristinsdóttir wrote, before realizing she had shared the message to the wrong FB group.

“OK, so I messaged the wrong group, but how about we go through with it anyway? How does Arnarhóll [a popular place for public gatherings in Reykjavík] next Friday sound? My kids are saying that this is the most motherly thing I’ve ever done.” Members of the group were more than amenable to Kristinsdóttir’s suggestion. The comments are, to say the least, comical.

“I’ve been reading the comments and my family can’t stop laughing,” Kristinsdóttir said in an interview with Fréttablaðið. “It’s good to make people laugh.”

Iceland’s “Largest Sewing Circle”

Kristinsdóttir’s sewing circle, which first met 30 years ago and is entirely comprised of nurses, has perhaps become the largest sewing circle in Iceland. “All of us studied together. They, of course, think the whole thing’s hilarious.”

Numerous members of the FB group Free, Everything for Free have volunteered to cater the sewing circle while others have offered to book musicians. Some agree with Kristinsóttir that the alphabetical system is, indeed, preferable, while others have stepped forward and volunteered to host the circle.

Íris Sif Kristjánsdóttir was the first to comment on Kristinsdóttir’s post: “I’m relatively certain you didn’t intend on inviting all of the group to your sewing circle.”

That’s when the ball started rolling. Almost 2,000 people have liked Kristinsdóttir’s post and nearly 1,000 have commented. Hrönn Hjálmars suggests a bingo night, Einar Ragnar Haraldsson says that he’s prepared to fly in from Denmark.

“Guðrún Kristinsdóttir, you’re the reason I love the internet. You just made my day,’ Heiða Dögg Liljudóttir writes.

According to current plans, Iceland’s “most populous sewing circle” will meet on Arnarhóll Saturday, November 2nd, between 14 and 17.

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