On July 8th & 11th at Tjarnarbíó come and laugh at Jono Duffy’s existential crisis in what might very well be his last comedy show (according to his currently depressed self): ‘I’m Tired’. Be reassured: that wouldn’t make you a terrible human being. In fact ‘you would be the best person in the world’, Jono says. So buy a ticket. Buy it now. He demands it. Here’s why you might want to give in.

Are you okay Jono?
“Hahaha. You don’t have to worry, I’m ok I guess. But if you look at the things going on in the world right now, I think being a little bit not ok is pretty much the state everyone is in right now.”

Why are you tired?
“Well there’s a lot to unpack there, but ultimately if we’re talking about the show – it’s been a long year so far and there’s a lot of things I’m questioning. Probably doesn’t sound that hilarious but I promise you I haven’t lost my sense of humour.”

“It’s been a long year so far and there’s a lot of things I’m questioning.”

Are you really contemplating quitting comedy?
“Yes and no. I mean I love comedy, I love making people laugh but there’s other things that come along with being a comedian and self producing that are exhausting. If I think back to when I first started doing stand up, the one thing I wish I had known back then is that 90 percent of your time when you’re a comedian is spent just getting people to let you do your job. You spend years getting people to let you have a five minutes spot when you’re starting out. Then when you have learned and developed an audience you then have to spend your time booking a venue, marketing the crap out of yourself and pushing it all on Facebook to try and get people to come and see you perform. So by the time the show is over you’ve only been able to spend a fraction of that time doing the thing you love.

So where I’m at right now is this place where I still love making people laugh, but I’m not in love with the hustle that comes along with it. So the honest answer is that I don’t want to stop making people laugh, but I want a break from the self marketing stuff. Every time someone sees a post from me trying to get people to book a ticket, I can guarantee you that I’m way more sick of me than you are.

I got to a point at the start of this year where I felt like I needed to think about if I have the energy to keep doing it. I’ve been working at this for a long time and I really started to contemplate If I want to do it anymore.”

Has covid-19 taken a toll on you?
“Totally. When Covid hit, I lost half a year’s worth of work in a single day. I also lost all my side hustle work, so basically I started this year having had the best year of my career (2019) and now I’m looking at unemployment and constant uncertainty like so many other people here in Iceland. It’s a very strange place to be in, but I think all we can do is be kind to each other and try to enjoy even the smallest things that might give us a smile.”

So your show is about you having a mental breakdown: should we still expect a good laugh out of it?
Of course you should. It’s not a heart wrenching piece of avant guard art. It’s a comedy show. I would say it’s an existential crisis, told in the style of a jolly rant.”

Can you tell us more about the content of the show?
“Well in a nutshell, we start with me explaining how I had no material for a show, take a trip down memory lane stopping of at some of the strangest parts of my childhood, add a bunch of stuff about being gay and some bodily fluids and then hopefully by the end I will know if I want to do this anymore.”

Am I a terrible human being if I buy a ticket?
“No you would be the best person in the world. You would be an even better person if you bought a ticket ahead of time. I’ve been performing in Iceland for five years now and it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been doing it, you never get used to the stress of seeing ticket sales move at a glacial pace.
People tend to wait till the day to buy tickets here and I have made fun of that onstage many times but if I could say anything to try to get audiences to change that it would be this.

When you’re getting ready to do a new comedy show, all you want to do is work on the show. Some people love marketing, but I hate it. I would rather do my tax return than market a show. So when you check on the numbers of tickets sold, often they’re really low right up till an hour before the show begins and that’s terrifying.

“It’s a very strange place to be in, but I think all we can do is be kind to each other and try to enjoy even the smallest things that might give us a smile.”

And another thing I will add to that (it might be my last show so I guess it’s ok to say things that might rub someone the wrong way), when you say to your performer friends ‘I will be able to buy tickets at the door right?’ What we hear is ‘I might come, unless something much better happens, in which case I won’t cause I don’t really care about what you do.’

I have sold out shows at Tjarnarbio before. Tjarnarbio seats 200 people, and on every one of those sell out shows, I had sold like five tickets until an hour before the show started. It’s hilariously tragic because the whole time you think to yourself ‘I should just cancel, nobody’s coming’ and then you come out to a full house and think ‘Why do you guys do this to me? I was gonna cancel the show an hour ago.’

So yes, buy a ticket. Buy it now. Stop me being anxious about whether or not people will show up.”

Your show is part of the Fringe Festival:, what’s that?
“The Reykjavik Fringe Festival is an arts festival that brings local and international artists together for a week of exhibitions, performances and interactive experiences. Fringe festivals are a great way for emerging, established and lesser known performers and artists to connect with audiences they might not have had access to before. So in a nutshell, it’s a week of awesome things that people living here can go see. There’s also going to be a lot of live streamed content this year because of COVID. It’s a great chance for people to see some incredible art.”

So, no plans after that?
“Well after fringe, I will be doing a live show of Crapapella – which is my crappy acapella band with comedian Kimi Tayler. But apart from that, I have absolutely no idea. It’s July and for the first time in 10 years I haven’t thought about what my next project is. Isn’t that exciting?”

The show will also be at the secret cellar on Saturday and Sunday. You can buy tickets here.

The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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        Ísey skyr
        - once tasted never forgotten

        Our Story
        Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

        For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

        Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
        This is our secret and you are in on it

        You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

        Núðluskálin
        - noodle bar

        Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

        All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
        We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
        Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

        Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

        Seatours
        - adventure cruise

        Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
        and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

        The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

        600x400-seatours-tasting

        This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

        600x400-seatours

        The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

        Birds, possible to spot:
        -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
        -eider ducks
        -shags
        -kittiwakes
        -fulmars
        -white-tailed eagle

        The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
        Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

        Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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