Magnús Geir Eyjólfsson
Short bio: Not so adventurous father of three with a taste for food and beautiful football. Lived in Borgarnes, Reykjavík, Tokyo and Georgia. Uncontrollable fear of spiders and roller-coasters.
Occupation: Representing Iceland at NATO Liason Office in Georgia.
Current Residence: Tbilisi, Georgia.
Q & A
- Where did you grow up and how was it? I grew up in Borgarnes, the picturesque town where all the real MVP Vikings lived. It was great. Most people don’t know but Reykjavik is actually an outskirt of Borgarnes.
- What are your favorite travel destinations? Living in the South Caucasus everywhere there´s order and discipline is a haven. In that case I´d go for München, it has great beer too.
- What are your favorite thing to do on a winter afternoon in Reykjavík? Teaming up with my friends from Þróttur Old Boys for a game of football. Under the stars, with the stars.
- If you could choose one person to show you “their Reykjavík” who would it be? Someone who could unveil the secrets of Reykjavik´s suburbs. Social media icon Hjálmar Örn would be ideal, he knows Árbær and Grafarvogur like the back of his hand. Plus, he is a monumentally funny ginger person.
- What are your favorite restaurants in Reykjavík? Tapas-barinn is a classic, afterwards go to Slippbarinn for cocktails.
- What is your favorite book, by Icelandic author? Íslandsklukkan and Sjálfstætt fólk by Laxness. Really gives you an insight to Icelandic mentality.
- Where do you get your art-fix in Reykjavík, and do you have any favorite artists? Not exactly the arty type but I binge on Iceland Airwaves. Great party every year and FM Belfast are the top of the lot.
- Your favorite Icelandic culinary dish? The famous snúður in Geirabakarí in Borgarnes. The one with the hard chocolate. Consumed with cold milk or kókómjólk.
- Your favorite Icelandic beer? Usually Einstök White Ale but the Chocolate Christmas Beer from Kaldi last year literally made me cry.
- What season would you recommend to go to Iceland and why? Nothing beats the Icelandic summer. It´s the absolute best.
- What Icelandic gift would you recommend to bring back home? Nóa Kropp covered in Turkish pepper, in abundance.
- Who would you like to sit next to on a plane? Depends. For good laughs, definitely John Oliver and Samantha Bee. Otherwise Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel.