Cozy and welcoming traditional Icelandic style turf buildings offering travelers high quality tech savvy service solutions. The automated tourist centers from Svarið are designed to harmonize with local surrounding neighborhoods around the country.
Open 24/7 and featuring interactive information, charging stations for electronic cars and devices, clean restrooms, a local market and Iceland’s first multilingual touchscreen vending store offering a variety of products such as hot and cold drinks, healthy food, travel necessities and souvenirs.
Since the service centers are always open the parking lots will become an ideal location for overnight stays. The parking lot will feature dedicated camper and RV parking with access to electricity, and facilities for grilling and washing machines. Dumpsters will be nearby allowing visitors to dispose of garbage for recycling and RVs able to dispose of waste.
As the video displays the location of the first center is strategically located on the intersection of Route 1 highway and Landeyjahafnarvegur road which leads to the Westman Islands ferry. An average of 2.645 cars passed this intersection every day in 2017.
The following centers will also be located in South and Southwest Iceland for two main reasons: It’s both the most populated tourist areas of the country and having a proximity to Reykjavík simplifies the service and distribution process. When experience has been gained running the first few centers you can expect them to pop up all across the country.
SELF-CLEANING REVOLVING TOILETS
Inside the centers are interactive information touch screens where visitors can access useful information about interesting destinations and services offered in the surrounding neighborhood. The information will be available in several languages along with photos and videos. Visitors will also be able to book tours and accommodations directly through the screens.
Companies, associations, organizations and clubs will be offered to advertise their products, services and special offers.
STATE OF THE ART VENDING
Svarið’s smart vending machines are connected to the internet and inventory monitored remotely. The payment system is displayed on a touch screen allowing users to view photos with product information in several languages. The vending machines are equipped with a variety of products, including hot and cold drinks, groceries, souvenirs and travel necessities. Emphasis is placed on quality products at low prices.
Iceland is in prime position to become a world leader in the vehicle fleet energy exchange revolution due to abundant renewable energy, ambitious governmental objectives and positive steps taken towards sustainability.
Our goal will be to play a key role in this exciting revolution with a series of next generation energy stations. The stations will provide weary travelers with amenities to charge all their energy consuming devices while enjoying a variety of services inside a warm welcome center.
SAFETY & SECURITY
The centers will be monitored by security cameras and additionally offer shelter in the case of unexpected events, e.g. storms or natural disasters. Safe Travel safety monitors update travelers on changes in weather and road conditions, including road closures, accidents, heavy winds, volcanic eruption and avalanches. Information screens will play instructional videos on how to drive in varying weather conditions, e.g. in snow or on gravel, as well as how to proceed in hazardous situations.
First-aid supplies will be available at the vending machines. In the event of an actual emergency, first-aid supplies and emergency equipment can immediately be made available remotely through the vending machines, either at a discount or free of charge.
All restrooms are equipped with emergency buttons and accessible restrooms include additional safety features for the blind and visually impaired. As a result, the service centers help improve travel facilities for those with disabilities.
Halldór was a leading insurance salesman in Iceland before he began his publishing career, publishing world class educational books about eighteen countries in several languages.
Halldór has also mastered the art of selling promotional material and advertising slots, and is excited to lead the sales team for this project.
Halldór was one of the founding members of ABC Children‘s Aid.
SALES & MARKETING
Sveinn is an accomplished veteran in international marketing. Work includes award winning campaigns for Inspired by Iceland – official tourism board and a new marketing platform for the global leaders in digital banking, Meniga.
Four year as a brand manager for Icelands biggest wholesale and manufacturer Ölgerðin. Sveinn has a degree in Marketing and PR from the University of Reykjavik and several other university level courses and diplomas. Sveinn is also known in Iceland as a beer expert and a part time teacher at the renowned Beer school.
Davíð Elí Halldórsson
Davíð has been managing director of the promotional company Kaja Studios for over a decade, where he produced over 500 videos both in Iceland and Faroe Islands. David has extensive experience recruiting and managing online freelancers through the largest freelancer marketplace in the world, Upwork.
Davíð will attend technical training courses in Netherlands and Spain, before moving to Bakki supervising on-site operations from day one.