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June 17, 2021

A cautionary tale: fermented shark

Hákarl, or fermented Greenland shark, is for sure one of the most ‘Marmite’ moments you’ll ever have.
June 8, 2017

Blueberry, with hints of liquorice

The Icelandic sea salt flakes contained in the new Iceland Traveller chocolate bar come from Breiðafjörður Bay, a beautiful and bio-diverse area lying between the Snaefellsness peninsula and the remote Westfjords of Iceland.  Since 1753, using sustainable geothermal energy, these crunchy flakes have been produced on the small island of Karlsay.  This unique tasting sea salt also contains naturally occurring […]
February 13, 2017

Coffee and Cake!

Icelanders really do know how to do coffee and cake. My dear friend Gigja offers traditional afternoon tea, Icelandic style, to visitors in Reykjavik. Being Iceland, it comes with a twist! We’ve just completed the first stage of the Food Explorers area on our website. Much more to follow, but do take a look at our Food, Traditions and Tasting […]
March 21, 2016

Earth cooking

Baking food in the ground is part of Iceland’s cooking history and ‘hot-spring’ specialities have become a popular modern addition to many a restaurant and hotel menu. During my travels in Iceland, I’ve been lucky enough to sit on the red lava slopes of the Eldfell volcano and eat, straight from the tin, steaming ginger bread baked there in the […]
November 18, 2016

Festive Food Weekend in Iceland

It’s a few years since I have spent a December weekend in Iceland so I’ve booked a family break for us all for a few days just before Christmas. We are spending the weekend in Reykjavik to give everyone time to choose which festive things they’d like to do – walking and window shopping, visiting the well known Christmas shop […]
October 24, 2016

Food feast on foot in Reykjavik

Our aim is always to try out as much as we can while in Iceland, so here’s a round up of our latest food experience. “It was quite a feast! We spent 4 hours exploring the city trying meat soup, rye bread ice cream, a hot dog (!), horse, goose, lamb, cheeses, all very tasty and authentically Icelandic. The end stop was a […]
June 19, 2018

How to find real Icelandic Cheese

Like all the best things about Iceland, home produced Icelandic cheese doesn’t generally leave the country, you just have to go there to. At Keflavík airport there’s a small selection of foil wrapped soft cheeses on sale, but if this is the sum total of your cheese experience at your point of departure, there’s so much that you’ll have missed!  […]
April 9, 2020
Iceland lava eruption

How to make a volcano cake

Here's an idea for home cooking with some Geography! It's an experimental recipe rather like the real thing, can you predict where the lava will start to flow when the eruption begins? The steps for making the cake are based on a recipe I found in Iceland some years ago, and there's masses of scope to make create something really spectacular!
April 26, 2017

Iceland’s culinary explosion

So much change has taken place in Iceland’s kitchens, restaurants and cafes over the last few years.  During Diana Henry’s culinary visit to Iceland with us last year, part of our small group Iceland’s Modern Kitchen tour, we enjoyed a thoroughly memorable week in South Iceland visiting producers, gardeners, growers, distillers and chefs. In planning Iceland’s Modern Kitchen we wanted […]
April 26, 2016

Iceland’s Uneasy Calm

We’ve been waiting for Tim Rudman’s exhibition at the LightBox in Woking. Now open until July 3, we have booked to join both the exhibition tour and to hear Tim In conversation on June 29. Tim is a superb landscape photographer and he has really captured the essence of Iceland in this collection of silver gelatin prints. For your own […]
January 13, 2020

Is your Book Club reading about Iceland?

A request by a book club for a reading list of titles around an Icelandic theme has given me the perfect opportunity to spend some self indulgent time revisiting my collection, gathered over the last 20 or so year. This list of ten titles includes Sagas, Nobel award winning literature, travel tales and crime fiction.
January 16, 2014

My Walter Mitty Moment

For the chance to see some of Iceland’s best but perhaps less well-known landscapes on a big cinema screen, check out Ben Stiller’s latest film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It’s unusual for Iceland to feature in its own right on film.  So often its striking landscapes form the anonymous backdrop to movie action or television advertising. Ben Stiller […]
August 4, 2017

Our Food Tours and Iceland Traveller are mentioned in this month’s BBC Good Food magazine

In this month’s BBC Good Food Magazine Diana Henry has written a great article based on her trip with us last year about the growing importance of Iceland’s food scene. It contains pieces about the must visit restaurants, what to eat, visiting the farmers and producers – especially the 10 best things to eat and drink in Iceland. Diana gathered much of this […]
October 13, 2015

Rhubarb Rabarbía

Following the great success of the Icelandic Pantry at Borough Market last week, we are delighted to have added another visit to Iceland Traveller’s Iceland for Food Lovers tour. Kjartan Ágústsson is a small producer in South Iceland, growing richly coloured rhubarb from which he makes delicious jams and his very own rhubarb brittle. How would you use it?  All will […]
January 20, 2014

The Philippines & Casey Neistat’s Walter Mitty Moment

So after reading Julia’s last post about the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, has anyone seen the film yet? I’ve seen it and I really enjoyed it – but what’s stuck in my mind is the way that they spent a portion of their marketing budget. Casey Neistat is a film director, working in New York from his wildly functional studio. As […]