Þorsteinn Bachmann

Short bio: Born 1965, Scorpio. 

Occupation:  Actor

Hometown: Reykjavik

Current Residence:  Reykjavik 101

Q & A

  1. Where did you grow up and how was it? I grew up in Grandavegur, in the west side of town near the sea. My parents were young and I spent a lot of time with my grandmother who taught me how to bike, read and write.  I have a sister 5 years younger. After she was born we moved a lot. I’ve lived in almost every corner of the city but ended up buying a flat in less than a 5 minute walking distance from where I grew up.
  2. What would the title of your autobiography be? Once I thought I knew everything.
  3. What are your favorite travel destinations? I like to go to places that have their own distinct kind of culture and history. I consider myself lucky to have visited the old Soviet union, Cuba and Lithuania for instance. Also remote places like the jungles of Mozambique and the Andes of South America. Punta Arenas in south Chile was a blast for me. Seeing green parrots and lamas in a landscape almost identical to Iceland was really mind blowing for me back in 2000.
  4. When you think of Reykjavík, what immediately comes to mind? Wind and Chaos.
  5. What can’t you travel without? My passport, an alarm clock and a toothbrush.
  6. How do you like to spend your weekend? Weekends are family time. My mother and my two older sons come over for dinner. My beautiful wife and our young daughters visit her family and maybe we buy a flowerpot and watch a movie.
  7. What is your favorite book, by Icelandic author? The Great weaver from Kashmir by Halldór Laxness. This book had a profound effect on my life when I first read it some 20 years ago.
  8. Where do you get your art-fix in Reykjavík, and do you have any favorite artists? I go to the theatre every now and then and every time I have a chance to see an Icelandic movie premiered I try to go. Most of my friends are artists so just talking and meeting up with people or strolling around is an inspirational art –fix in it self I guess.
  9. What are some of your favorite stores in Reykjavík?  Mál og Menning bookstore on Laugavegur is an old time favourite. My local grocery store Melabúðin is also a gem. Small and a bit expensive it is a good source of delicatessen and a fun meeting place with the locals.
  10. What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite Icelandic musicians?  Víkingur Heiðar playing Philip Glass. Some of my favorite musicians include Ólafur Arnalds, Hjaltalin, Pall Oskar and Bjork.
  11. Your favorite Icelandic culinary dish? Fresh cod or I just ask for the “catch of the day”.
  12. What Icelandic movie would you recommend? Life in a Fishbowl directed by Baldvin Zophanísson. I’m not impartial on this because I play one of the principal characters in it, Móri the poet, but I recommend it nevertheless. The film is about people and a nation on crossroads in life. I’ve seen it a dozen times and it still warms my heart.
  13. Reason you would recommend Iceland as a destination? For it’s preserved locations like the West Fjords, the High lands, natural pools and its diverse coastline.
  14. Who would you like to sit next to on a plane? Dalai Lama.
  15. The must – do and must see in Iceland? Follow your heart. I would recommend a 3-4 day walking route in the High lands with a tent in the summer time. Go swimming.