Being an athlete in Iceland, you get the priviledge to travel a lot in season. Last weekend my team had a game on a Saturday at Stykkishólmur (yeah just try to pronounce that..it will take some practise), a small town located on the west side of Iceland and about a two hour ride but we always tend to make a road trip out of it! My friends from the USA tend to call it the Sticky Icky..the name sounds about right...right?

 the Sticky Icky

I decided to pay a little more attention than usual and wanted to get as much info on Stykkishólmur as possible!

Fun facts:

  • With its 1,100 inhabitants, it is a center of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism.
  • In the novel Red Storm Rising from 1986, Stykkishólmur was the site of a landing by American Marines tasked to liberate Iceland from occupying Soviet forces.
  • The internationally famous chess champion Bobby Fisher was planning on moving to Stykkishólmur before his sudden death in early 2008.
  • The movie, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is based on the book by Jules Verne which takes place close to Stykkishólmur at the glacier Snæfellsjökull.

 the Sticky Icky

 

Needless to say...we won the game but the best thing about it was that it was my friends Björg 21st birthday that day! And another fun fact- she is originally from Stykkishólmur! So after the game her parents greeted us with one of the best food in Iceland- the Icelandic lamb! 

 

Awesome weekend with awesome people - hope you get the chance to visit and explore Stykkishólmur when you visit Iceland!

 the Sticky Icky

 

Björg and I had a little toast for the big WIN and her 21st birthday!

 

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