As most people stay up late on New Year’s Eve in Iceland, people tend to sleep in on January 1. But in the evening it’s time to celebrate the first day of the New Year.
Icelanders celebrate the last day of the year with a fancy dinner, often turkey, and with fireworks at midnight. A special sketch comedy show about the year in review is shown on television and watched by almost the entire Icelandic nation.
In almost 50 percent of Icelandic homes (46.4 percent to be exact), a smoked rack of pork was served for dinner on Christmas Eve. The tradition—which is fairly new and under Danish influence—remains popular, although the ratio has dropped from 49.8 percent from last year.
Christmas Day in Iceland is usually celebrated with a luncheon with the extended family. The traditional meal is hangikjöt (smoked lamb) with laufabraud (‘leaf bread’) and a sweet béchamel sauce.
Today is the last day before Christmas, known as Þorláksmessa (‘The Mass of St. Þorlákur,’ Iceland’s patron saint). The day is celebrated by eating skata, putrefied (or fermented) skate, and buying the last Christmas presents.
The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has prohibited the egg producer Brúnegg from bringing new hens into their farm in Mosfellsbær, near Reykjavík.
Following the egg farm scandal last week, in which a farm marketed as eco-friendly was found to be over-crowded and infested with mice, some Icelanders expressed their anger Friday by using eggs as weapons.
The Kastljós news analysis program which aired Monday night and revealed deplorable conditions at egg farms owned Brúnegg, has sparked discussion in Iceland about whether consumers can trust marketing labels.
Last night, the news analysis program Kastljós revealed deplorable conditions at an egg farm, which for years has been marketed as taking exceptionally good care of its hens and being environmentally friendly.
If you have been to Iceland around Christmas time, you must have noticed the traditional leaf bread that accompanies every Christmas meal.
A lawsuit could be filed to demand that the British supermarket chain Iceland relinquish its use of the brand name Iceland within the European Union.
If the cod you ordered at the restaurant tasted like ling, or the monkfish resembled cusk, don’t for a moment suspect your taste buds of lying.
Customers at the Bónus grocery store on Laugavegur, downtown Reykjavík, were surprised on Saturday night not to find anyone at the registers, let alone in the aisles, ready to offer assistance.
You may not be able to teach your dog to play the French horn, but to eat an Icelandic one… that’s another story.
Three 10-11 stores in downtown Reykjavík have been found to increase their prices by an average of 8 percent in the evening and on weekends.
One of Iceland’s biggest domestic food producers, Ora, has announced it is recalling a batch of its tinned fish balls in curry sauce, as they are not fit for consumption.
Iceland’s nomination for the Bocuse d’Or, chef Viktor Örn Andrésson, has placed fifth in the European heats of the world’s most prestigious culinary competition, winning a place in the finals in France in January.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the old month þorri, which generally is celebrated with traditional Icelandic food, enjoyed at large gatherings called þorrablót, held in various places throughout the month.
Birgit Kositzke is a woman who definitely knows what she wants. In 2007 she moved from Germany to Iceland with the idea of carving out her fortune in agriculture. However, it was neither horses nor cows that caught her interest, but rabbits for their meat.
According to annual reports from the four biggest fast food chains in the country, Icelanders spent ISK 10.9 billion (USD 85 million, EUR 77 million) at those last year.