Iceland Noir went magnificently. OK, it may have looked a pretty slick operation on the surface, but there was a good bit of frantic paddling underneath. Thanks to everyone for turning up and helping us have a great time, achieving our primary aim of a couple of days of eminently enjoyable criminal activity.
Yrsa and Sibylle Westbrook at Hellnar
In no particular order…
Our volunteers Rósa, Hanna Rúna and Bjarni
Markús Már for being there with his camera to document the whole thing in moody monochrome
Jórunn, Dave and the good people of All Iceland who arranged the fantastic trip to Snæfelllsnes in the wild west of Iceland on Sunday. The flatbread with smoked lamb and the snacks provided really hit the spot, especially among those who had been up late night before and had skipped breakfast
Jórunn of All Iceland organised the trip to Snæfellsnes and provided much-needed and very welcome refreshments for those for whom an early start had followed a late night…
The excellent staff of the Nordic House for being just so helpful and friendly the whole time
The staff of the bistro for being helpful and for forcing oranges and ástarpungar on us when energy levels were dropping
The Icelandic Embassy in London for the reception a few weeks ago
Icelandair for their support
The staff at Iðnó for fitting us all in
Ævar Örn for the quiz
All the publishers, agents and others who chipped in with suitcases of books
Miriam (@nordicnoirbuzz) for live tweeting #icelandnoir the whole time
Úlfhildur for organising the crimewalk through the darkened streets of Reykjavík and María for reading
The moderators for handling their panels with such aplomb
The Murder is Everywhere team for that memorable and unmoderated final panel
All the authors who travelled to Iceland at the least appealing time of year.
Then there was Nightshift director Ragnar Bragason who made a small group of personnel on the forecourt extremely happy.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few people who were part of the mix… But the people who really made it happen are the readers, the crime fiction aficionados who came from as far away as America and New Zealand, or just round the corner (relatively speaking) from Norway or Britain, or from Reykjavík. Thanks to all of you for being there are taking part, and I’ll leave you with this wonderful image of Mirian and Ewa getting in touch with their inner Vikings..