We are delighted that we will be joined by award-winning food writer Diana Henry for our exclusive Discover Iceland’s Modern Kitchen: Iceland for Food Lovers tour, departing on 22 August 2016, which will be led by our very good friend and highly experienced professional tour guide Bryndís Kristjánsdóttir.
Diana was born and brought up in Northern Ireland, where being described as a “good cook” meant being a good baker. As soon as she could reach the counter top and hold a wooden spoon, she began to make fairy cakes, melting moments and peppermint creams and she has never looked back.
Her love of food was consolidated on a student exchange visit to France but she still didn’t plan on turning her passion into a career. After reading English Literature at Oxford University, she moved to London to take a post-graduate course in journalism. Her flat was surrounded by Turkish and Greek cafes, and she fell in love with the food of the region after coming across a copy of Claudia Roden’s A New Book of Middle Eastern Food. From Monday to Friday, she worked at the BBC but her weekends were spent cooking. Determined to improve her skills, she enrolled in Leith’s School of Food and Wine where she completed the year-long diploma course.
After the birth of her first child, Diana realised it would be difficult to combine the demands of television production with those of a small baby and submitted her first piece of food journalism to House and Garden magazine. Her first book, Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, came out in 2001 and, following publication of her second, The Gastropub Cookbook, she was offered a job at The Sunday Telegraph. Her column has appeared in the paper’s Stella magazine for the last 10 years. She has now written eight cookery books and also contributes to Country Living, Saga magazine and Waitrose Weekend. She appears regularly on radio and television and is a judge on this year’s BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards. Diana has just been signed up by BBC Good Food magazine.
In recent years, she has become fascinated by Nordic cuisine – an interest she is keen to pursue on our Discover Iceland’s Modern Kitchen tour.
Diana has twice been the Guild of Food Writers’ Cookery Journalist of the Year and Fortnum and Mason named her Food Writer of the Year in 2013. In May 2016, she travelled to Chicago where she was presented with a prestigious James Beard Foundation Book Award (the Oscars of the food world) for her collection of chicken recipes, A Bird In The Hand, in the Single Subject category.
Bryndís will be leading our Discover Iceland’s Modern Kitchen: Iceland for Food Lovers tour in August 2016. Having graduated from the University of Iceland with a BA in Icelandic and English, Bryndís has been a tour guide since 2002 and lectures at the Iceland School of Guiding. Married to professional film-maker Valdimar Leifsson, she also works closely with her husband, producing and writing scripts for TV programmes and films, many of which are on the natural wonders of Iceland and are screened at their loft Cinema in the Old Harbour of.
Bryndis is highly sought after, and we are delighted to be working with her for this trip. She is looking forward to sharing her expert knowledge of Iceland – and also some of her traditional Icelandic recipes – during the holiday.
Julia has recently taken up Nordic Walking with qualified instructor Bea Zomer and meets locally with a group to walk in the evenings and at weekends. Bea offers Nordic Walking for adults, children and also dogs and their owners! Together Julia and Bea are introducing Nordic Walking in Iceland in September 2016. Please contact us for more information about this exciting development and the free introductory sessions for beginners who would like to learn the technique before going to Iceland.
Already a popular form of exercise in Europe, Nordic Walking is a fast-growing sport in the UK. An enhancement of ordinary walking, it makes something most of us can do with ease, twice as effective. It is a specific fitness technique and a whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running. It uses poles, but is completely different to walking with trekking poles.
Once the basics have been learned, you can continue to benefit from regular participation or progress to advanced techniques that will challenge you further.
It’s very important to learn the technique correctly, and more information about taster sessions and taking a course in Nordic walking are available from Bea Zomer at http://www.walkfitnordic.com/.