From volcanoes and glaciers to black beaches, geothermal pools and the Northern Lights, Iceland is one of the world’s wildest, weirdest destinations. A paradise for adventurous travellers.
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Thorrablot Food Festival
This traditional Viking midwinter feast – named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor, for whom it was set up to praise – involves consuming a lot of unusual, traditional food.
Many locals feast at home, but for visitors, restaurants run special menus featuring tempting gourmet treats like sheep’s head, rotten shark, whale blubber or seal flipper, enough to test even the most adventurous foodie.
Iceland’s traditional schnapps, brennivin, known affectionately as the ‘Black Death’, is a traditional beverage you’ll also be coming across. It tastes better than it sounds, and is great for washing some of the more ‘interesting’ delicacies.
Many Icelanders dress up in customary style in a lopapeysa – a traditional, colourful hand-knitted jumper.
When to do it
The festival takes place over 4 weeks from mid-January to mid-February each year.
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