My name is Hans Kristjan Gudmundsson and I am since March 17, 2015, replacing the founder and chairman for the first three years, Ingibjorg R. Gudlaugsdottir as chairman of the first U3A of Iceland, founded on March 16th 2012. Our website is http://www.u3a.is
1. Name and location of my U3A. The name is U3A Reykjavik and it is located in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Reykjavik has around 121.000 inhabitants which is around 40% of the population of Iceland of 330.000 people.
2. How many members? The members are 164 as of March 2015 but 254 additionally are on the mailing list giving people the opportunity to be on the list without becoming a member. By being on the list one might want to become a member later on.
3. Range of Activities. Lectures, courses, visits to institutions and firms, study trips and groups with subjects as literature, cinema, gymnastics/taichi laughterjoga, elocution, lifestories and topographical names in the Reykjavik area. Lectures and courses take place weekly on Tuesdays, visits on Thursdays and study trips normally on Saturdays. The groups meet during weekdays. There has been a steady growth in the number of events during the three years since U3A Reykjavik was founded in 2012. May 2015 we are expecting our first visit from U3A abroad, the Uppsala Senioruniversitetet. The biggest task up to now, however is the European Erasmus+ project BALL, carried out in cooperation with U3A colleagues in Alicante and Lublin and the Icelandic company Evris ( www.ball-project.eu ).
4. What I like best about my U3A. U3A Reykjavik is a forum for active people meeting and educating themselves and each other through lectures and interactive activities. The free form of the organization is a great asset for active people in their third age, retired or approaching retirement.
5. My personal
message. The third age is the age of freedom and opportunities.
U3A is an excellent way to enjoy this period of life being an open and
informal forum for education and exchanges.
A visit to a salt fish (bacalau) processing industry, visited in connection with a course on the exchanges between Iceland and the Basque country reaching at least 400 years back.