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.
London’s Borough Market opened yesterday with a special Icelandic food section. Featuring products from 14 Icelandic artisan food producers, the Icelandic Pantry event runs through Saturday October 10.
Fourteen Icelandic artisan food producers will be selling their products at London’s famous Borough Market for the first time, October 7-10. At The Icelandic Pantry, blueberry-cured lamb, the world’s only geothermally-produced sea salt and an eco-whey drink with wild berries, Iceland moss and...
“We got cocoa plant seeds three years ago and the largest plant is now 1.5 meters tall. We hope to get cocoa from it soon,” says Guðríður Helgadóttir, administrator at Reykir in Ölfus. The tropical greenhouse now boasts five thriving cocoa plants.
Few people in Iceland have missed the fact that American doughnut giant Dunkin’ Donuts is about to open its first branch in the country. The news has been controversial and received extremely mixed reactions.
Musician Friðrik Dór Jónsson plans to open a chip shop, Reykjavík Chips, at Vitastígur 10 in the downtown area, with fellow musician Ólafur Arnalds, actor Arnar Dan Kristjánsson and gourmet Hermann Óli Davíðsson.
On Easter Sunday, Páskadagur (‘Easter Day’), people in Iceland often have roast meat for dinner, often lamb, and enjoy chocolate Easter eggs.
With still six weeks to go before Easter, the first chocolate Easter eggs will appear on shelves in stores around Iceland today.
Traditional Icelandic saltkjöt og baunir, salted meat and bean stew, is eaten in Iceland today to celebrate Sprengidagur (‘Bursting Day’), which is Iceland’s answer to Shrove Tuesday. The motto is to eat stew until you burst.
Today is Bolludagur, or ‘Cream Puff Day,’ in Iceland. Bakers were busy making cream puffs over the weekend, because today Icelanders are expected to consume over one million of the sweet creamy buns.
Today is Bóndadagur, or Husband’s Day, when wives and girlfriends in Iceland pamper their men. Bóndadagur also marks the beginning of the old Icelandic month of Þorri, during which Þorrablót mid-winter feasts are held across the country.
There has been a shortage of lemons in Icelandic stores in recent days and suppliers have had trouble coping with demand. Managing director of fruit importer Bananar Kjartan Már Friðsteinsson guesses that it’s part of a new trendy diet.
Vanessa Williams-Grey, anti-whaling campaigner at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, has criticized Icelandic brewery Steðji for producing a beer made with fin whale testicles smoked with dried sheep dung.
Changes to the value added tax (VAT) took effect yesterday, resulting in a higher price of food products, while the price of clothing, beauty products, medicine, alcohol, tobacco, furniture, phones, computers, cars and jewelries, among other products, will drop.
Not since 2008 has a larger group of people accepted donations from the National Church of Iceland than before Christmas this year, according to Rev. Guðrún Karls- og Helgudóttir in Grafarvogur, Reykjavík.
Tonight is Christmas Eve. Christmas in Iceland officially begins when the bells of the Reykjavík Cathedral chime at 6 pm. By then families have gathered around the dinner table and afterwards they open presents and Christmas cards.
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 office of the Chief of Police in Borgarnes, West Iceland, has filed charges against local company Kræsingar ehf., formerly Gæðakokkar ehf., for deceiving consumers.
Icelanders love to have ice cream, all year. Visir.is asked 24 ice cream experts where the best ice cream can be found in the land of ice. The winner, by a big margin, is Brynjuís in Akureyri, North Iceland.