ICELAND – The bar Jaja Ding Dong Húsavík was formally opened on July 11th. The bar, built at the Cape hotel in the town, is named after the eponymous – and popular – song from Will Ferrell’s Eurovision film. The film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, premiered on streaming network Netflix in June. It is largely recorded in Húsavík and that was exactly where the song JaJa Ding Dong was performed, to the great joy of the “Húsvík people” who listened. And some of the characters in the movie liked the song more than others, as the scene below shows.
“It was so that this film came into the arms of us Húsvík people, we were, of course, clinging to this shooting last year but did not know what the film would be like. Then they treated our town so beautifully and we enjoyed it so much that we wanted to do something so fun this summer. And the Icelanders are coming to us so much this summer and it turned out that we decided to build an outdoor bar here by the hotel, called Jaja Ding Dong Húsavík, “says Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson, hotel manager of Cape hotel in Húsavík and owner of the new old house.
When asked, he says that there was no other name for the bar than Jaja Ding Dong. Another reference to Will Ferrell’s Eurovision film can be found at the bar, where a cocktail called Double Trouble is available, similar to the song performed by the characters of Ferrell and Rachel McAdams in the Eurovision qualifiers.
The bar opened on 11/7 but has been under construction ever since the film was released. “We’ve been here in the dark building,” says Örlygur lightly. As mentioned before, the bar is outdoors and its activities are therefore somewhat dependent on the weather. The first day went well in that context, according to Örlygur.
Örlygur says that otherwise there is a lot to do with them at the hotel this summer. Domestic tourism has taken off in recent weeks, and about half a month ago, all rooms began to fill up almost every day.
“We did not expect anything but we are having a really fun summer. Icelanders travel differently than foreign tourists. They are more going to the towns and relaxing, they are less going to waterfalls and all the mountains, they are exploring human life more. So there’s a different mood. I’ve been in this for fourteen years and this is the most fun “season” I’ve been in, it’s a really fun feeling and people are relieved, “says Örlygur.