Ground: Vodafone völlurinn
Date: 23rd July 2012
Match: Valur - Fram 0-2 (Úrvalsdelid)
Attendance: 1 132
On Monday morning I woke up on Heimaey, the biggest of the Westman Islands. After the disappointment yesterday with having the match postponed because of the ferry was cancelled it was a huge relief to be able to leave Heimay as planned at 08.30. 40 minutes later I was back in Landeyjahöfn where I boarded the bus back to Reykjavik. By noon I could (re)check-in at my hotel in central Reykjavik. Being quite tired I decided to take it easy in the afternoon. I found an internet cafe and spent 1,5 hours there before leaving for a late lunch. Monkfish is not something you eat every day but that was what I had for lunch this afternoon. I then went back to my hotel to rest and finish my book.
My third and final match on this tour was the Reykjavik derby between Valur and Fram. Valur´s ground, Vodafone völlurinn, was a 15 minute walk from my hotel which (yet again!) was convenient for me. Vodafone völlurinn only has one stand but this stand is quite big and has 2 500 seats. The other threes sides are not open for spectators. Valur is a club with a handball team as well. and the indoor arena (Vodafone höllinn) is integrated with the football ground. You use the same entyrance which of course mean combined use for selling food and drinks. Both teams are only a couple of points above the relegation zone so the match this evening was important for both teams. The stand was quite full with the left side being the unofficial away section. I was joined by German groundhopper Andreas ("Kölner") and we had some interesting discussions during the match.The first half was quite boring for us but the second half was much more entertaining. Fram had a penalty in the 64th minute which they scored from and three minutes later Valur had a player sent off. From the resulting free-kick Fram then made it 2-0. The match ended 2-0 to Fram and my trip to Iceland was coming to an end. In the summer months Iceland is packed with tourists and prices are a bit expensive. It is still however a very interesting and fascinating country to visit and as I really want to visit Hasteinsvöllur on Heimay for a match I might be back in the near future.
View of Reykjavik
Welcome to Vodafone völlurinn!
Left: Indoor arena Right: Football ground
View of play
View of Vodafone völlurinn
After the match