An idea is currently being tossed around about setting up a casino in the Hotel Nordica.
Casinos and most forms of gambling are illegal here in the Land of the Nice — well, except for slot machines, which bizzarely are used to finance SÁÁ – the alcohol treatment centre, the University of Iceland, and various other ventures.
Twin brothers, Arnar and Bjarki Gunnlaugsson, who are fairly well known here in Iceland for their former soccer prowess, are behind the casino idea.
One of the reasons for wanting the casino, Bjarki tells Fréttablaðið today, is because “we have Gullfoss and Geysir and not much else”.
Meanwhile, the Fréttablaðið editorial calls attention to the Icelandic word for casino: spilavíti. Literally translated, it means “game hell”. [No, I am not making this up.] Fréttablaðið suggests changing the name to spilastofa, or “game lounge”, which it considers more palatable.
Personally, I prefer “game hell”. It’s more edgy and marks a nice contrast to our OTHER two tourist attractions.