Ragnar Þorsteinsson

Short bio: Born and raised in Iceland.

Occupation: Cabin Crew

Hometown: Garðabær

Current Residence:  Garðabær

Q & A

  1. Where did you grow up and how was it? I grew up in Mosfellsbær, a suburb which seemed much farther away from Reykjavik than it really was.
  2. What would the title of your autobiography be? “That’s it!”
  3. What are your favorite travel destinations? New York is always nice. I’m a Las Vegas fan but Italy is on the top of my list.
  4. What are your favorite thing to do on a winter afternoon in Reykjavík? If the weather is calm (which happens for ten minutes, two times a year), I love to just walk around the city, enjoy the scenery and later sit down for a drink in a nice bar.
  5. If you could choose one person to show you “their Reykjavík” who would it be? I would ask Ingólfur Arnarson, the guy who discovered and named Reykjavik, to walk with me and tell me if this was what he had in mind when he first arrived.
  6. What are your favorite restaurants in Reykjavík? As a food enthusiast, I love to visit restaurants and get inspiration from the many different cuisines. It’s amazing to witness the changes in the gastronomic variety Reykjavik has to offer these days. Kol on Skólavörðustígur is a nice place, serving good food and excotic cocktails. A place called Borðið on Ægissíða is located in the west part of the city, offering cool atmosphere and good food. But to keep it simple I would go to the one and only hot dog stand down town, Bæjarins bestu for a “pulsa með öllu”. Some say “pylsa” but I prefer “pulsa”.
  7. What is your favorite book, by Icelandic author? When I was a child I used to love the adventures of brothers Jón Oddur and Jón Bjarni, by author Guðrún Helgadóttir. I read them repeatedly and remember being glad that I was not experiencing their adventures first hand. Lately I haven’t read all that much but when I do I usually choose autobiographies.
  8. Where do you get your art-fix in Reykjavík, and do you have any favorite artists? Harpa concert hall is a great place for that, as well as the many galleries in the city. Reykjavik and Iceland in whole is full of rising stars doing different things with their art and very interesting to follow.
  9. Your favorite Icelandic culinary dish? I would have to say “Plokkfiskur”, kind of a fish and potato stew done gratin style served with Icelandic dark bread with lots of butter. I wouldn’t even hesitate to serve this dish at a dinner party at home.
  10. Your favorite Icelandic beer? I’m a simple guy when it comes to beer. Keep it ice cold and not too bitter and I’m in.
  11. What season would you recommend to go to Iceland and why? Mid-summer for the bright nights which are always amazing or mid-winter for the dark days. Without them we wouldn’t have the Northern lights so both seasons are equally exciting in their own different way.
  12. What Icelandic gift would you recommend to bring back home? Licorice and a piece of art.
  13. Who would you like to sit next to on a plane? To be perfectly honest I would love to keep that seat empty for extra comfort. Wouldn’t we all?