Icelandic participants

Adisa MesetovicHello!

My name is Adisa Mesetovic and I am 18 years old. I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina but I live in a small town in south-east of Iceland, called Höfn. I live there with my family; I have two siblings, one sister and one brother. My sisters name is Nejra and she is 21 years old and she is studying Tourism and Marketing in Reykjavík and lives there. My brothers name is Emir, he is 10 years old and he is in the primary school. My father’s name is Almir and my mom’s name is Hata.

I have been studying at FAS (Framhaldsskólinn í Austur-Skaftafellssýslu) for the last two years; it is the secondary school in Höfn. I am studying natural sciences and I am planning on graduating in spring 2017. After college, I’m going to take a year off and then go to university.

During the summer I work in the freezing plant where we mainly pack lobster, our town is known for its lobster. Most of the summers I also go to Bosnia to visit my friends and family there.

I really like travelling and experiencing different cultures. That is the reason why I am really excited about coming to Poland and meeting all of you.

Anna Soffía IngólfsdóttirHello, my name is Anna Soffía and I’m turning 19 in October. I live here in Höfn at the moment while I´m finishing school but after I graduate I plan on travelling and doing volunteer jobs all over the world before I go to university. I spent last year as an AFS exchange student in Kansas, USA witch was an amazing experience. I loved living abroad so that’s why I’ve decided I want to do more of that. Living in USA was a great beginning. That is also why I chose to do this program. I love getting to know other people and different cultures. I am very open to cultural differences.

I study playing the saxophone at the music school here in Höfn. I take personal lessons with a teacher there and I also play in the school’s band. I love both playing music and listening to it. I also like being outdoors. I have four horses and taking care of them is my passion, I feel so free when I ride.

I live with my mom, Birna and my brother Ingvi who is 24 years old. I also have a sister, Jóhanna who is 29 years old and she lives one house away from us with her husband, Sindri and their three kids, Karen, who is 9, Hlynur who is 6 and Örvar, who is 1 years old. We are all very close and I try to spend as much time with them and my friends as I can.

Ágúst Máni Aðalsteinsson_200268_assignsubmission_file_20160619_013716Hello. My name is Ágúst Máni Aaðalsteinsson and I am 17 years old. I was born and raised in Höfn and I live here with my parents and my two siblings. I have one brother, his name is Hafsteinn and he´s 15 years old and my little sister’s name is Magndís and she is 10 years old. My father´s name is Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson and he works as a mechanic on a fishing boat in Höfn and I often go fishing with him. My mother´s name is Guðbjörg Garðarsdóttir and she works at the local bank in Höfn.

I study at FAS and I’m starting my second year now. I am studying mechanic and I am planning to go to Akureyri (in the north) to a technical school to keep on studying mechanic or maybe be a chef. With the school I am working as a chef on a restaurant which name is Ósinn and I´ve been working there the whole summer.

I practice football with Sindri, which is the name of the local sport team in Höfn. My hobbies are football, playing guitar, filming and traveling and in winter I also like going snowboarding. I´ve been practicing guitar at the local music school for six years and I love playing with my friends.




Berglind ÓttarsdóttirHello, my name is Berglind Óttarsdóttir, 18 years old student in the upper secondary school in Höfn called FAS (Framhaldsskólinn í Austur-Skaftafellsýslu). Mainly focusing on languages and arts.

I live in a small town in the south east of Iceland called Höfn with my parents, a dog and 2 out of 3 of my siblings. I have two brothers who I currently live with, Aron (22) and Bjartur (14), and one sister called Íris (23). She lives with her fiancé and nearly 2-year-old daughter in Höfn.  My mother ‘s name is Erna and she works at the local supermarket while my father, Óttar, works as a mechanic.

This summer I worked three jobs. One was in Pizza delivery, another one was at a laundromat and lastly I worked in an accounting firm in our town.

I have major passion for photography, reading, music and languages. Those things have gotten me through the most difficult of times, when I strongly believed I couldn’t make it through.

My favourite bands are Black Veil Brides, New Year’s Day, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd and many many others, along with many singers from different cultures such as Helly Luv, which is a Kurdistan humanitarian, Yara, an Arabic singer and songwriter, Sergej Ćetković and Relja Popović. I can listen to anything that has a strong empowering beat to it, as long as it isn’t techno or dubstep.

I play flute, and have been doing that for 10 years now. When I was 8 years old my biggest dream was to become a known photographer, and now in the past year my dream is beginning to come true. People from all over town message me and book me for photoshoots for anything they like, weddings, graduations, etc. Currently I am focusing on learning Kurdish and Hindi to the point of I’m fluent.

I like fantasy books and films. Books like Lord of the rings, The mortal instruments, The Silmarillion and multiple other various books. My favourite authors of all time are J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien and Cassandra Clare.

I really enjoy learning about different cultures, that’s why I’m very happy about being a part of this project, I can’t wait to meet everyone and to widen my horizon a little bit.

bjorkHello! My name is Björk Davíðsdóttir

I am 18 years old from Hafnafjörður. Hafnarfjörður is a small town (35000 inhabitants) in the capital area, 10 km south of Reykjavík.

I moved to Höfn when I was 16 years old with my family. I have pretty normal family, I have a mom and dad, also I have two siblings, a brother and a sister, both younger than me. Today I just live in Höfn with my dad and sister. My mom moved to Hafnarfjörður for a new work and took my brother with her. I really like living here, but I am going to move back when I finish secondary school.

I am really interested in horseback riding and I have travelled a lot around Iceland on horses and also competed. I love traveling all around the world and when i finish school I would like to go experience the world from a different angles and see new places.

I started working on the nursing home for elderly last January with school and I have been working there since. I really like working there because I enjoy working with old people and the staff there is nice. This summer I was mainly working, but I went to Spain with my family for a week.

I have been studying at FAS (my school) last two years and now I am starting my last year and intend to graduate next spring. I don‘t know what I am going to do after I finish school. I am just going with the flow and see what comes to me.

If I had to describe myself in three words I would say that I am really outgoing, social and happy girl.


My name is Chrishle Derecho Magno,

I live in Höfn with my family, we consist of 6 people including me, my parents, my sister who is 11 years old and two brothers, my younger brother is 8 years old and the other one is older than me, he is 18 years old. I am 17 years old and come from an Asian family (Filipino). I was born in the Philippines but moved to Iceland when I was 5 years old and have been living in our town ever since.

My hobbies include playing video games, drawing, hanging out with my friends and just chilling with them but my favourite one is sleeping. I am a very shy person at first but once I get comfortable with someone I won‘t be shy anymore. I am also into K-culture and anime. In my free time I either watch anime, read manga or watch some K-drama or just listen to music and play some video games.

I‘m in my second year of upper secondary school.  I haven‘t decided what to do in the future yet but I do have a bit of interest in being a doctor or a psychologist.  I love to learn about new stuff and experience new things.  That is why I want to participate in this project.

hafdislaraHi, my name is Hafdís Lára. I ‘m turning 18 years old in December. I‘m an only child and I live with my parents. My mom is a teacher at my school, FAS. My father works at a nursing home. We have a dog, called Táta. I am hopefully graduating next semester but I have no idea what I ‘m going to do after the graduation.

My hobbies include volleyball, music and travelling. That’s why I like to take every opportunity I get to visit other countries. I ‘ve travelled a lot abroad with my parents but also here in Iceland. I like learning new languages and learning about different cultures. Last year I went to Germany for a month to learn German and to live with a host family for two weeks. It was one of the best experiences in my life! I met a lot of people from different countries and continents. It’s really nice to have friends all over the world, and it kind of gives you a reason to travel even more.

Hildur Ósk Hansd ChristensenHi!

My name is Hildur Ósk Hansdóttir, I’ll be 18 years old in December.

I live with my parents and my older brother in a very small town called Höfn. My mother’s name is Guðrún Ósk, and my father’s name is Hans, I have two siblings; one older sister, her name is Sandra and she is 25 years old, she lives in Denmark, and then I have an older brother, his name is Kristófer and he is 19 years old.

Last school year 2015-2016, I went to America to study abroad, I lived in the southern state Tennessee. That was a really fun and an amazing experience, but also very different. After living somewhere else in the world for almost a year changed me completely, I’m more open and socialized, down to earth kind of person, I love being around people and hanging out with them. I have a really close relationship with my host family and friends I made in America, but also with my family and friends here in Iceland.

I love shopping, travelling, watching all kinds of movies, going out with my friends during the weekends, and playing soccer. I can be a little bit shy at first but once I get to know you better- I won’t be so shy anymore. I’m really easy going and pretty chill. Fashion is my favorite, I love watching fashion shows and read fashion magazines. What I want to do in the future is to play soccer professionally and/or be a psychologist. I’m also really interested in antiques and interior design.

I look forward meeting you, see you soon!

Processed with VSCO with b1 presetHello, my name is Ingibjörg Lúcía and I am 18 years old.

I live in the town Höfn í Hornafirði with my family, I have 2 younger siblings, one sister and one brother. My brother is 13 years old and his name is Hermann, my sister is 7 years old and her name is Karitas. My mother’s name is Linda and my father’s name is Ragnar.

My favorite hobby is to play soccer and I play for the local club Sindri. In the winter I often go snowboarding. I also really like to travel and see new places.

This summer I worked at a gas station in the town but for now I am working as waitress in a restaurant called Pakkhúsið.

I have been studying at FAS for two years, it is the secondary school in Höfn. I’m planning on graduating in spring 2017. I have not planned what I am going to do in the future.

isabellaHi my name is Ísabella, I´m 17 years old and live in Höfn.

I have one little brother who is 10 years old and an older half-brother who is nine years older than me and currently works in a hotel in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a small town only two-and-a-half-hour drive away from Höfn. My mother’s name is Fjóla and she is a home economics teacher at my little brother´s school. My father’s name is Ævar and he has been a fisherman since around my age. I also have a black Labrador named Bella and my little brother has a hamster.

My hobbies include reading, drawing and painting. My room has several paintings on the walls made by me. Both my older brother and mother are quite good artists themselves, but they draw more than they paint. My grandmother also can make decoration out of anything, from sticks she finds outside to clay she bought from the store.

When I get older I want to be something that has to do with art, like architecture or advertisement.

isarHello my name is Ísar Svan Gautason and I’m 17 years old. I’ve lived in Höfn basically all my life but I lived in Reykjavík when I was younger. I study at FAS which in Höfn. I live with my parents Ragnheiður Rafnsdóttir, my mother and Gauti Árnason, my father. I’m one of four siblings, me, my two brothers, Rafn Svan Gautason and Kári Svan Gautason and my sister Aðalheiður Sól Gautadóttir.

I like playing sports like football, basketball, golf and some other stuff. I also like music and playing it. I am a drummer for two or three local bands. During the summertime I work in a fish factory named Skinney Þinganes. It’s one of the largest in this country. When I graduate from FAS I plan on going to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, and study at the Kvikmyndaháskóli Íslands (The Icelandic Film School). A want to make an actor and a director out of myself.


My name is Lea Sól, I’m 16 years old and on my 17th year. I’m in my second year of a upper secondary school.  My “lines” include chemistry, biology and math which means I am specializing in these subjects. I wish to become a scientist in the future, what kind of scientist I do not know yet.

I am in a family of four, my mom, stepfather, an older sister (19 years old), and me. My mother’s name is Lovísa, my stepfathers name is Halldór and my sisters name is Saga Lind. We have a cat named Zorro, he’s a Maine Coon, they are the biggest species of housecats in the world, he has been a part of our family since I was little, and I don’t ever remember him not being around.

My hobbies would include some computer games, reading, listening to music, hanging with my friends and of course sleeping… I also have interest in anime and manga and often watch anime to kill time. I am really interested in different kinds of cultures that’s why I thought this project would be a great experience for me.

Ólöf María ArnarsdóttirHello, my name is Ólöf María Arnarsdóttir and I´m 17 years old. I was born in Höfn and I have lived here all my life with my parents and siblings. Höfn is small town in south-east of Iceland. I have 5 siblings, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. My oldest brother is 26 years old and my oldest sister is 24 years old, they live in Reykjavík. So I, my baby brother and little sister live here with my parents. My other older brother lives here to but not in the same house. My mother works in a kindergarten and my father is a fisherman.

I have hobbies. Mainly playing football and traveling. I have been playing football since i was about 9 years old. When I was a little girl, only a few months old I began to travel here in Iceland with my family, we travel a lot. I love to travel and explore other countries and their cultures. I enjoy being outdoors, going mountain climbing and in the winter I often go skiing. I also like hanging out with my family and friends.

When I finish school here, I am going to travel around the world with my best friend. To travel around the world has been my dream for a long time or since I was 10 years old. But for now I work at a restaurant that is called Pakkhúsið.

I cannot wait to meet everybody and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you, see you soon.


My name is Óttar Már Einarsson and I’ll be 18 in December.  I was born in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland. My town is in the southeast-cost of Iceland and is called Höfn. I live with my parents, my father’s name is Einar Stefán Aðalbjörnsson and my mom’s name is Signý Ingvadóttir. My dad is a fisherman and my mom is working at the post office.

I have two siblings, one brother he is 21 years old and his  name is Alexander Alvin Einarsson and one sister. She is 10 years old and her name is Nína Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir.

I’m in a school called FAS (Framhaldskólinn í Austur-Skaftafellssýslu ) which is located in Höfn. I’m starting my third year in this school.

In my free time I like to go to the gym and play FIFA and GTA, and also I like to spent some time with my friends.
My favourite TV shows are Friends and Breaking bed. My favourite football team is Manchester United and they play in the English premier league.

During last summer I worked cutting the grass in my town. I also went to Spain this summer for two weeks. We went to an island called Tenerife.

I have never been to Poland but I’m very much looking forward to it and I’m also looking forward to meeting a lot of new people.

Patrycja RutkowskaHi!

My name is Patrycja Rutkowska and I am 18 years old. I am from Poland. When I lived in  Polland I  lived in town called Ełk (podlaskie).

Today I live in a small town called Höfn í Hornafirði. I have been living in Iceland for 11 years and moved to Iceland with my family. My mother and my stepfather named Edyta and Ryszard, I have two half siblings. They  live in Poland. My sister’s  name is Monika, she is 21 years and my brother’s name is Kamli, he is 23 years.

Right now I am studying at FAS (Framhaldsskólinn í Austur-Skaftafellssýslu), I study sociology. When I finish school, I want to work for one year and then move to Reykjavík.

My hobby is going to th gym and watching movies or Youtube and hanging out with my friends. I have been playing soccer for 8 year but now have stopped.

Sveinn Methúsalem OddssonHello,

My name is Sveinn Methúsalem Oddsson.

I live in Höfn í Hornafirði with my family, we consist of five people including me, my parents and two older brothers. We also share the company of a small dog and a cat at my house. My mother is a nurse and my father is an engineer on a fishing boat.

I am 17 years old and my hobbies include playing video games, watching movies and jogging. I‘ve loved video games since my brother introduced me to them at a young age. I tried jogging three years ago and I quite enjoyed it. I have been jogging regularly ever since.

I am in my second year of the upper secondary school FAS, I haven’t decided what I want to do after school. But it could be a baker or even a chef.

Þórdís GunnarsdóttirMy name is Þórdís Gunnarsdóttir and I am 20 years old (born in 1996).  I have lived in Höfn most of my life, but I did live in Norway for two years, so I speak fluent Norwegian. I have also lived in Keflavík, but three years ago I moved back to Höfn. I have three siblings. My mother, Herborg, and my oldest sister, Elín, still live in Norway. My brother Gísli lives in Sweden with his family and my dad, Gunnar, along with my youngest sister, Birta, live here in Höfn with me. I have one cat, his name is Óðinn.

My main hobby is going horseback riding. I own seven Icelandic horses, they are all geldings, I don’t have any mares. For now it’s just a hobby, but I am hoping that it will turn into a career one day. I am not interested in competing, although I am planning on going to a small competition on one of my horses next February, but that’s only for fun. I am mostly interested in training horses and maybe one day I would start breeding horses.  So I could probably take the person that is staying at my house to go horseback riding if the person is interested in that.

I used to live on a farm, so I do enjoy spending time on the countryside, especially with animals. My other hobbies are spending time with my friends and family, going to the gym and travelling. My dream is to travel to the United States and Asia.

I’m graduating next spring, and I am not planning to go back to school the following year. I’ll probably work and save up some money, and then I hope that I am able to travel, or maybe volunteer in Africa or in another exotic country.