And yes, I happen to be from Iceland. My user name though, is composed of the first three letters in my name and surname (witch is my fathers name).
Traditionally we do not use family names here, but there are exceptions.
Ha! And some would say my trips through the hub known as Reykjavik (and far more than just a transport hub, it is also your capitol city! I mean no
) were of no importance
With the exception of flying KLM once and going through Amsterdam (Schiphol Int'l) on my way to Glasgow Scotland, I have flown many many times
through Reykjavik. Well, let's be honest, it's Keflavik.
Although, once I do consider myself lucky enough to have been snowed in to Reykjavik and could not continue on to Glasgow (they were getting a
blizzard at the time). So we got shuttled from Keflavik to Reykjavik. It was pitch black, which upset me, as I would have loved to have spent the 45
minute trip absorbing some of the country side. But, when we were passing a cemetery, we had to ask someone who was Icelandic why the headstones were
adorned with Christmas lights. The idea that you folks do this at Christmas time for your loved ones is truly beautiful
I'll never forget that
sight. It says many positive things about to me about your culture, which I hope to learn more of...
Reminds me of a flight I booked through Iceland Air onetime. I didn't realize that I had been booked for an overnight layover at all, until about a
week before my flight. So I called Iceland Air. I explained that when the ticket was booked it was not made clear to me that the flight had a
layover that would extend to overnight. They said they were sorry, but there was nothing that could be done about it. So, I asked if the
representative I was speaking to had ever been to Reykjavik, and they said no. I took this as an opportunity to enlighten to the fact that Reykjavik
Airport is actually in Keflavik which is a good 45 minutes away from Reykjavik. I told them that the airport shut down at about 11pm, and that to my
limited exposure, I had never seen a nearby hotel in Keflavik, let alone much of anything (albeit, I realize airports usually are not in the middle of
a town due to safety concerns, so its possible there could be a "downtown Keflavik" that I am simply not aware of
) near the airport. I cannot
even recall observing buildings that were not part of the airport facilities. I said that given that I cannot sleep on a couch in the airport, and
that I'd need to hire a car to get to Reykjavik to get to a hotel, that they'd need to find something of a better alternative to "nothing they
could do to help me" with my conundrum. Sure enough, less than five minutes later, I was booked on a non overnight layover flight
Please don't take what I said about Keflavik as a dismissal of it as a town....I can only reflect on what I saw of it
I'm sure I've lulled you to sleep "yes, good American, you taught someone about our country and it's geography...yeay"....but hopefully I have
In Iceland your last name is your fathers name (in my case Guðmundur) with an added "son" (without spacing) to the end of my fathers name,
resulting in: Eiríkur (Erik) Guðmundson.
Kind of translates into: Eiríkur, Guðmundur's son.
I work with databases, so I tend to see things in this sort of way, and I'm interested from a family tree standpoint, doesn't it get rather
complicated after a handful of generations to trace your family heritage?
Great getting to meet you! Hopefully someday it'll be over a pint or two!