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Reykjavík to Erect a Ferris Wheel

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

Ferris wheel on Miðbakki
Photo: Reykjavík. The proposed location of a Ferris wheel on Miðbakki.

Reykjavík authorities are looking for a partner to operate a Ferris wheel at the Miðbakki wharf in the capital city’s downtown area. The partner will carry the costs of erecting and running the Ferris wheel business, while the city provides the plot of land for a set period of time, according to Reykjavík city’s ad post.

A summertime activity

The Ferris wheel would be operated over the summertime, from May through September, and would be “an exciting addition to the diverse city life” as stated in the post. The wheel can at most be 30 metres in height, due to its proposed location being in the vicinity of Reykjavík airport. The land available for the project is 725 square metres and should accommodate a 20 metre long carriage for the Ferris wheel.

Miðbakki developments

The area has seen major renovations over the last decades, with Harpa concert hall as the most notable addition, along with new commercial and residential properties. Aspiring Ferris wheel operators have until March 22 to submit their proposals, which must include specifications on the wheel’s ability to withstand Icelandic conditions, including necessary wind and earthquake resistance.

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