A Good Conversation Starter at the Local Pub

The President of Iceland

If you are going out in Iceland and want a good conversation starter at the local pub, you might want to wear your Order of the Falcon medal. Don’t have one? Well, now you can buy one at eBay for just £535.

Fálkaorðan

Order of the Falcon medal

The Order of the Falcon (known in Iceland as Fálkaorðan) is the national Order of Iceland, established in 1921 by then king of Denmark and Iceland, Christian X. The order is the highest honour presented to Icelanders and foreigners alike, by the President of Iceland. Among notable recipients are Sue McCourt Cobb, US Ambassador to Jamaica, violinist Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, police officer Arthur Young and Rory McTurk, Professor of Icelandic Studies.

The medal that is now for sale on eBay is an old one, most likely awarded to a foreigner in the 1960’s. According to Icelandic law, it is illegal to sell Order of the Falcon medals.

Photo by Sigtryggur Ari

The Order of the Falcon or Hin íslenska fálkaorða is a national Order of Iceland, established on July 3, 1921 by King Christian X of Denmark and Iceland.

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of bookiceland.co.uk. He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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