July 31, 2005
YOUR story about Reykjavik puzzles me ["Reykjavik Wet, Wild and a Little Weird," July 17]. My wife and I visited Iceland and its capital Reykjavik and found it to be only mildly interesting. Unless you are counting countries and are down near the end, I can't see spending your money -- and lots of it at that! -- visiting this nice, very civilized, very literate little country. If it were half the price of Europe, you might consider it. But twice? You get a whole lot more bang for your buck almost anywhere in Europe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1986
Because the term non-summit summit is so awkward, I propose that the coming events in Iceland be known as the Reykjavik Swap Meet. ROBERT R. RISHER 3RD Monrovia
October 17, 2012 |
Before Reykjavik became cool and clubby, before there were Björk and Sigur Rós and the cozy mix of musical genres found on the Icelandic record label and composer collective Bedroom Community, the only internationally known (and barely) Icelandic composer was a craggy individualist, Jón Leifs. He represented the Nordic island as seeming so fascinatingly remote from Europe and America that it might almost be on another planet. But the Reykjavik revealed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Concert on Tuesday night in Walt Disney Hall felt more like a bedroom community of L.A. and New York.
September 1, 1985 |
Icelanders can drink whiskey, vodka, wine and Brennivin, the national spirit also called "Black Death." Beer, however, is illegal. The reasons for the ban, which came at the start of the century, have been lost over the years. Now, though most Icelanders have developed a taste for it via a black market, a small but influential abstinence movement argues that beer leads young people to stronger drinks and legalization would increase the nation's total alcoholic consumption.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1987
In turning from the acknowledged Iran mistake, can liberals concede that the President's alleged Iceland imbroglio over the Strategic Defense Initiative and arms control has proven that "Reagan was right at Reykjavik"? When Ronald Reagan really gets closely involved with a foreign policy situation such as arms control, Nicaragua, Grenada, etc., it turns out that he is usually right on target and an invaluable leader. HARVEY PEARSON Los Angeles
October 6, 1986 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's wife, Raisa, will accompany him to next weekend's summit here with President Reagan, Iceland Prime Minister Steingrimur Hermannsson said Sunday. Mrs. Gorbachev, who also accompanied her husband to the last summit with Reagan in Geneva last November, will be the guest of Hermannsson's wife, Edda Gudmundsdottir. In Washington, White House spokesman Dale Petroskey said President Reagan's wife, Nancy, "has no plans to go" with him to Reykjavik.