Icelandic participants

annabirnaHello! My name is Anna Birna Elvarsdóttir.

I am 18 years old and come from a pretty normal family. I live with my parents here in Höfn í Hornafirði but my brothers who are both older than me, live by themselves in the capital, Reykjavík.

I am really interested in playing soccer, volleyball and cooking but by far my favourite thing to do is traveling and experiencing different cultures. That’s why I went to Chile for one year as an exchange student. That was the best experience of my life. It was simply incredible! I really miss my Chilean family, classmates and friends. I really got to know the country well and now I always say to people that I feel like come from two countries.

That’s the reason why I am really excited about coming to Poland, because traveling really is the greatest thing you can do with your life if you ask me. It makes you so rich and you really grow by learning abroad. Even though I’d really like to spend my years travelling, I strongly believe that people should educate themselves too.

My plans are to be a journalist so when I go to University I’ll go study journalism. I even plan to go back to Chile, and take one year studying journalism there. Also recently the idea of learning to be a teacher and teach Spanish came to me. I basically know the language fluently and I love speaking it. So right now I have to choose between those two careers.

I’m very outgoing and social so I really look forward to meet you all! See you soon 🙂


Hello , my name is Bryndís Arna, and I’m 18 years old. I was born in Höfn and I have lived here all my life with my parents and siblings. I have 3 siblings, 2 sisters and 1 brother. My oldest sister is 26 years old and lives in Norway with her husband and baby, my other sister is 21 and lives in Reykjavík with her boyfriend and my little brother also lives in Höfn. I have a boyfriend who’s 2 years older than me and we’ve been together for 1 and a half-year. Our family pet is a 5 years old Chihuahua.

My hobby’s are from playing football and working out to cooking food and sing. I have been singing since I was about 1 years old, or before I could even talk. I don’t cook much, but I like to do it for fun. I practiced football for 12 years or since I was 6 years old, but now I’ve taken a brake for now at least. I work out about 4-5 times a week. And sometimes when the weather is good I often take walks out side the town. I’m really into like modern music such as R&B and I also love Jazz music or if you know Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, they’re kind off music.

When I finish school here, I want to work for 1 year and then move to Reykjavík to go to Iceland Academy of Arts and master architect. But for now I work at a gas station, we don’t only serve gas but we also sell food, so we are kind off a small restaurant.

I have really good friends, and most of them are in this program so I am really glad that I got to be a part of it. I like to go out on weekends with my friends and go to clubs or just hang out and have a drink. I should maybe say that I’m really shy especially when I’m around so many new people, but if you get to know me well I can be just a really normal person.


My name is Egill Jón and I am 18 years. I have lived in the town Höfn all my life. One day I hope to move somewhere else, maybe in some other country or just to Reykjavík the capital of Iceland.

I like sport; football and basketball but I am not quite good in them. But I like playing games in the computer. I have two brothers; one now lives in Reykjavík learning about how to control ships, his name is Sævar and is 23 years old. My younger brother Björgvin is 11 years old.  He is always outdoors playing football or doing something.

In the future I am not sure what I want to be but if I get the opportunity to be a pilot I will take it.


My name is Inga Kristín Aðalsteinsdóttir and I am 18 years old. I live in a small town in south-east of Iceland, called Höfn. I live there with my family; I have four siblings, three sisters and one brother. My eldest sister is Siggerður and she is 20 years old and she is studying business administration.  My other sisters are Guðrún Ása 15 years old and Aníta 12 years old and they are both in the primary school. My brother is Aðalsteinn 9 years old and he is also in the primary school.  My father, Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson, is a managing director in the food company, Skinney-Þinganes. My mother, Ólöf Þórhalla Magnúsdóttir, is home working.

The last summers I have been working in Skinney-Þinganes but for this summer I am working at Hótel Höfn. I also play soccer during the summer; I have been playing for more than ten years. I also like camping during the summer and I try to as much as I can. I enjoy being outdoors, going horse riding and in the winter I often go snowboarding and skiing. I also like hanging out with my family, friends and boyfriend.

I have been studying at FAS for two years; it is the secondary school in Höfn. I am studying natural sciences and I am planning on graduating in the spring at 2016. After college, I want to go to university to study medicine. I am working as a waitress in Hótel Höfn, teaching gymnastics and I also teach math in my school, FAS.

irisHello, my name is Íris Björk and I am 18 years old. I am from the Philippines and Iceland.
I live in Höfn with my family and I am also in the school FAS. I am the oldest sibling and have three younger sisters, the names and ages of my sisters are Anna María, she is 12 years old, Hafdís, 10 years old and Ísold 6 years old. My mom’s name is Elínborg and my stepfather’s name is Andrés.

I have two pets, they are cats and a part of the family. My hobby is watching horror movies, hanging out with my friends; listen to good music like Drake, Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean… I also like to be with my family and play volleyball with friends and shopping. My favorite color is baby blue because it is so beautiful color. My favorite food is sushi and noodles from a restaurant called Rikky Chan.

I am shy person at first but when I get to know someone I would not be shy anymore. My future plans are finishing school here in Höfn and maybe work one year to safe some money for university if I know what I am going to study if I don’t know what to study, I would like to travel the world.

katyHello, my name is Katý and I am 18 years old (born in 1997). I live in Höfn with my mother Anna, my father Siggi and my 20-year-old brother Kiddi. I study in FAS which is an upper secondary school in my town. In school I study sociology.

In the future I see myself working somewhere over seas either as a psychologist or with animals.

I love to travel and explore other countries and their cultures, I have a lot of interest in animals and my family owns two dogs and two dwarf hamsters. I don’t have a lot of hobbies but I go to the gym a few times a week, I have also been really active in the social life both in school and outside of it, if it would be considered a hobby then hanging out with my friends and having fun would be my hobby.

I can’t wait to meet everybody and looking forward to getting to know all of you.

liljaHello. My name is Lilja Karen Björnsdóttir (you can call me Lilja). I was born on March 30th in 1997 which makes me 18 years old. I live in a small town on the south-east part of Iceland called Höfn. I actually live on a farm a little outside of the town, about 50 kilometres away, but on the weekdays I live in an apartment in Höfn but I go home during the weekends.

Our school is very small, only about 100 people attending school every day. I chose the social studies path because that‘s where my interests mostly are. I‘ve been studying three languages, English, Danish and Spanish. I haven‘t really decided what I want to be in the future, but I guess I‘ll just figure that out later. I really want to travel around the world and maybe go to Spain and learn Spanish, since I really love that language. I‘ve never worked with school because I just feel like I don‘t have time for that, but the last five summers I‘ve been working at a country hotel called Smyrlabjörg, which is a little outside of Höfn.

I have a mother, a father, a little sister who‘s 13 years old and a brother who‘s 22 years old. Since we live on a farm, my parents are farmers and we‘ve got some animals; cows, sheep, horses, geese, two rabbits and a dog.

I like hanging out with my friends, tumblr and just computers in general. I used to play the piano, I started when I was 12 years old but I quit when I was 16, I guess I just lost interest. My favourite bands are 30 Seconds To Mars, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon and many more.

kristoHey – my name is Kristófer Laufar, I’m 18 years old and I live in the town Höfn which is on the southeast-coast of Iceland. The population of the town is about 1700 people. I have lived here all my life in the same house. Right now I am studying in FAS; I study sociology, I use to work with school until recently but I didn’t have enough time for the study so I had to quit. I like hanging out with my friends, play football (soccer) or computer games. My father works as a carpenter and my mother works in a bank. I have two sisters; one who lives in Denmark and one younger.   I am about 187 cm tall and weight 80kg.

In the summer I work in a fish factory and I mostly work with lobster. The Fish plant Skinney Þinganes in Höfn sells the most Lobster in the whole country.

I like sports, music, hanging out with friends, hunting, computer games and any sorts of stuff. My favourite team is Chelsea in the English premier league; I’ve been watching them since I was 7 years old.

That should cover the most of it, but if you have some questions or interest talking to me just contact me on e-mail or on our group.

mirzaMy name is Mirza Hasecic and I turned 18 this year in September. I was born in Bosnia but I grew up and live in a small town called Höfn in the southeast-coast of Iceland. I live with my parents, Nihad and Jasminka. I have a sister, Amna, she is 22 years old and lives in Reykjavík, where she is studying Tourism and Marketing. My dad works at the local elementary school and is also a football coach in our town, while my mom works in the largest freezing plant in town. I go the school FAS (Framhaldsskólinn í Austur-Skaftafellssýslu) where I´m on my third year. I study social science along with Mathematics.
I have a girlfriend called Inga, we have been together for three years and she is also in this program.

I play football for the local club Sindri and that is my biggest passion, when I am older I would like to do something in sports.

In my free time I like to play football, hang out with my friends and play FIFA and GTA.
My favorite TV shows are Friends and Bones. My favorite football team is Manchester United in the English premier league.

During the summer I play football most of the time because that is when our football season is, along with that I work in the freezing plant where we mainly pack lobster, our town is know for its lobster. Most of the summers I also go to Bosnia to visit my friends and family there.

I have never been to Poland but I am very much looking forward to it and to meeting all of you.

petraHello, my name is Petra Augusta. I’m 18 years old; born 1997. I’m half-Faroese and I was born there but moved with my mother and younger sister to Iceland when I was five years old. Now I live with my mother, Þóra and my 16-year-old sister, Ester. My father lives in the Faroe Islands with his wife and my three younger siblings; my brother called Tórur, sister called Tinna and another brother called Baldur.

I study at FAS which is an upper secondary school in Höfn. During the summer I worked at a fast food restaurant called Hafnarbúðin.  My hobbies include hanging out with my friends, reading books and listening to music.

I’m really excited to be a part of this project and can’t wait to meet everyone.

soleyMy name is Sóley Þrastardóttir and I am 18 years old. I‘m a student at FAS and planning to graduate spring 2016. I have only been here one semester. I come from Keflavík (where the international airport is) I moved to Höfn in January and I really like the place. I live with my boyfriend and his family. Lára (his mother) works in Höfn doing paperwork, Óli (his father) works on machines, Halldór (his brother) he is a part of the team which takes all of the garbage in the area. Agnar (my boyfriend) takes care of the sheep and trains our dogs.
We have sheep (150), dogs (8), calves (3) and horses (3). I like to be out side, horse riding, fishing in our little lake and taking care of my calves and horses. I used to do judo (sport) in Keflavík, since you can’t practice judo here I have been doing other things. But I’m planning to go summer 2016 and practice again in Keflavík. I work on a farm next to ours, doing laundry, cleaning rooms, making breakfast and serve customers in the reception. Last winter I worked milking cows which I liked. I want to travel before choosing what I want to learn at university.

I’m really excited for this program and I’m looking forward meeting all of the participants and having fun with you, learning about your country, habits and food. Also showing you our country.

solveigHello my name is Sólveig and I live in Höfn I am 17 years old.

My family: I have three brothers and three sisters; they are of ages four to twenty two. Three of them (Halldóra, Hilmar and Þorgerður) belong to my father his name is Jón and his wife´s name is Ingibjörg they also have a dog names Lotta. My father´s family is big, he has three siblings and two of them live in Höfn with their own families.

My mother´s name is Kolbrún and she had three kids (Alexandra, Alex and Aron) before me and we have two cats (Hekla and Glói). I live with my mother and two of my siblings the two oldest. My mother´s sister lives in Höfn also and the rest of her siblings live all over Iceland.

I don´t really have a hobby but there are a lot of things to do in Höfn, I like my classes and I like a lot of music.  One of my favourite singers is Ed Sheeran and I also like Taylor Swift.

I don´t think of myself as a shy person but I can be when I´m meeting a lot of new people but that is my opinion of myself. I don´t know what others might think. Here are a few of my fears, I really don´t like things that crawl or are slimy and I am afraid of heights.

thorkellHello, my name is Þorkell Ragnar and I’m 18 years old. I live in Höfn and I’m a student at FAS.

I live with my parents and three younger sisters. During the summertime I work on my grandfather’s farm.

My hobby is music, and I play the guitar. I’m also interested in mathematics. I take jazz guitar lessons twice a week and play in two local bands. During the winter I teach guitar at the local music school. I also teach mathematics for beginners at my school.

When I graduate I want to go to Denmark to study guitar for three months. After that I’m planning to go back to Iceland and continue studying the guitar.  In the future I want to be a musician.