Hjördís Skírnisdóttir

My name is Hjördís Skírnisdóttir and my main subjects in FAS are German and Geology. I've been teaching since 1992, first in primary schools, both in the capital area and here in the town of Höfn. Since 1997 I have been teaching at the secondary school of Framhaldsskólinn í Austur-Skaftafellssýslu (FAS). From the year 2003 I have been taking care of foreign relations at the school and have been participating several programs on behalf of FAS.

I was born in Höfn and lived the first 16 years on a farmhouse, 7 kilometers away from the town. I'm the youngest of five brothers and sisters. After primary school I needed to go to college in Reykjavík. After graduation I went to the Iceland University of Education and later I studied German and Geology at the University of Iceland. When I lived in Reykjavík I also went to the Iceland Tourist Guide School and for many years I have worked as a tourist guide during school's summer recess. I mostly guide in the vicinity of Höfn and in East Iceland. Many of the best known places in the country are in our county, e.g. Skaftafell National Park, the ice lake Jökulsárlón and the glacier outlets Skálafellsjökull and Hoffellsjökull. Every year we have a lot of tourists from the whole world and the number of visitors is increasing every year.

I love to spend time with my family (a husband and a fifteen-year old daughter). We often go hiking and we travel a lot both in Iceland and abroad.

In the school year 2005/2006 FAS and Kölcsey Ferenc Gimnázium in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary worked together. In that project Kati was the leader on behalf of Hungary and she was a great colleague to work with. We decided back then that we would work together again someday.  Hungary is a great country and very nice and worth visiting. I am very glad that we got the opportunity to work on our second project.