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Valur

Ground: Vodafone völlurinn

Visits: 1

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.

 

reykjavik, vy

View of Reykjavik

 

vodafone völlurinn

Welcome to Vodafone völlurinn!

 

entrance

Entrance

 

flags

Flags

 

flag

Flag

 

north end

North End

 

east stand1

East Stand

 

east stand2

East Stand

 

south end

South End

 

west side

West side

 

hall+arena

Left: Indoor arena                                  Right: Football ground

 

supporter

Female fan

 

east stand4

East Stand

 

spelbild

View of play

 

avspark

Kick-off

 

0-1

0-1

 

vodafone völlurinn, vy2

View of Vodafone völlurinn

 

efter matchen

After the match

 

framfans

Fram supporters

 

0-2

0-2

 

pano, vodafonevöllurinn1

Pano