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June 14, 2016

Áfram! Iceland Euro 2016

Iceland is renowned for many great things, and football could be the latest addition to the list. It’s amazing that with such a small population and a short summer season, Iceland has achieved its place in France for Euro 2016. On a visit to the small town of Akranes a few years ago I was taken to see the town’s […]
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 […]
October 6, 2015

Icelandic Food Heroes at London’s Borough Market

If you think Icelandic food is just pickled fish with a heavy taste of salt, vinegar and other preservatives – think again. Yesterday evening the Icelandic Embassy hosted a welcome event for a group of 14 of the Icelandic producers who have travelled to London to show off and sell their products at London’s famous Borough Market for the first […]
February 9, 2015

Ingenious Icelanders

In a truck of troll size proportions we wound our way slowly and cautiously up onto the Langjökull glacier. From his highly mechanised cabin, our driver Addi gave us a running commentary on the changing pressures in each of the 8 enormous tyres together with information on many of the other technicalities associated with manoeuvring us safely to the entrance […]
August 29, 2013

New Icelandic novel, hot off the press!

I’ve just opened my brand new copy of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites. To be accurate, it was actually more than half an hour ago, it’s going to be a very absorbing read. I’m keen to get back to it so this will be short, but apart from the great smell of a new book, I have also got very excited about […]
October 8, 2015

Wonderful day with food producers from Iceland

We’ve had a wonderful day at the Borough Market Hall getting acquainted with our food producer friends from Iceland. We’ve tried award winning hot smoked mackerel (a new arrival to Icelandic waters), delicious and tender mutton that is steeped in berry juice before smoking, cod liver, more delicious than I could have imagined and pickled herring in a lightly curried sauce, surprisingly […]