Old traditional festivities

Next week we have festivities here in Iceland from Monday – Wednesday. It is an old tradition in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. However, it happens to have different shapes and forms within each country. In Iceland these festivities are for three days in a row and their common features are that they give you the opportunity to eat a lot of food. Who doesn’t love that?

Bolludagur – Bun Day

On Monday we have Bolludagur. On this day we eat a lot of “bollur” or round sweet bun filled with jam, whipped cream, chocolate or whatever your mind desires. There is one thing to keep in mind on this day… if someone spanks you and says “bolla” you have to give that person a round sweet bun. If you’re in Iceland now, don’t leave Iceland without trying Icelandic bolla. You will not regret it!

Sprengidagur – Burst Day

On Tuesday we have Sprengidagur, or Shrove Tuesday. Historically on this day people had the last chance to eat as much as they could before ritual fasting of the Lent season started. Today this day just gives us the chance to eat traditional Icelandic food, Saltkjöt og baunir – salted meat and yellow peas; a lot of it!

This is something you have to try. A secret tip from us – If you want to sound like a local person use the phrase “Saltkjöt og baunir, túkall”, when you’ve finished your food. A rather direct translation is “Salted meat and peas, two Krona”.

Öskudagur – Ash Wednesday

Last but not least on Wednesday we have Öskudagur or Ash Wednesday. On this day people used to pin ashes in small bags on the back of peoples clothes. Today you can say that Öskudagur is in some way the Icelandic version of Halloween. Children dress up in costumes and walk between stores and sing songs in exchange for candy. You might see a lot of children in Iceland, and adults as well, in costumes this Wednesday. To see the true colours of this day we recommend that you go to the centre of Reykjavík and see all the kids, dressed up in their costumes, walking between stores in hope for a treat.

*These days are not state holidays, shops and businesses are therefore open as usual.

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Varnir gegn smitsjúkdómum.

Íslenska

Okkur hjá Mountaineers of Iceland er mjög hugað að öryggi og heilsu starfsmanna og viðskiptavina okkar.  Það er okkur mjög mikilvægt að halda öllu hreinu hjá okkur.  Í einu og öllu förum við eftir hreinlætisplani sem er í öryggisáætlun okkar og tilmælum Landlæknis er varðar hreinlæti.

Þar af leiðandi höfum við gripið til þessa ráðstafanna vegna Covid-19 og annarra sambærilegra smitsjúkdóma:

- Áður en sest er upp í faratæki okkar þurfa allir að sótthreinsa á sér hendurnar. Einnig áður en komið er í starfsstöðvar okkar við Langjökul til að klæða sig í viðeigandi fatnað.
- Viðskiptavinir fá allir hrein buff (höfuðklúta) til þess að fyrirbyggja snertingu við hjálma.
- Við reynum eftir bestu getu að tryggja að það sé 2 metrar á milli viðskiptavina. Við biðjum einnig viðskiptavini okkar að virða 2 metra regluna.

Allir snertifletir eru þrifnir nokkrum sinnum á dag og einnig eru gallarnir og hjálmarnir spreyjaðir með hreinsiefni eftir notkun með efni sem heitir Virkon. Það er sótthreinsandi efni og drepur alla sýkla sem það kemst í snertingu við. Buffin og hanskarnir eru svo þrifin í lok dag og einungis notuð einu sinni á dag til að koma í veg fyrir smit.

Enska

We at Mountaineers of Iceland are very concerned about the safety and health of our employees and our customers. It is very important for us to keep everything clean. All in all, we follow a hygiene plan that is in our safety plan and the recommendation of the Medical Director of Health regarding hygiene.
As a result, we have taken these measures for Covid-19 and other comparable infectious diseases:

- Before settling into our vehicles, everyone needs to disinfect their hands. Also before coming to our local offices at Langjökull to dress in appropriate clothing.
- Customers are all given a clean buff (headscarf) to prevent helmet contact.
- We try our best to ensure that it is 2 meters between customers. We also ask our clients to respect the 2-meter rule.

All contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day and also the overalls and helmets are sprayed with detergent after use with a substance called Virkon. It is an antiseptic and kills any germs it comes into contact with. The scarves and gloves are then cleaned at the end of the day and used only once a day to prevent infection.