I recently assisted in a health class, where we showed the film Babies to 11-year-old girls as a segue into the puberty unit. Babies is a documentary style film that chronicles the birth and first year of 4 babies born in … Continue reading
Gyða and her husband Ragnar 1) Can you tell me a little about who you are? My name is Bergljót Gyða Guðmundsdóttir, although I usually go by Gyða. I was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland, but moved to the … Continue reading
The most popular candy in Iceland (for 60 years!) is a Polish chocolate bar. It is estimated that Icelanders eat half a kilo of Prince Polo bars each year. How is it possible that a Polish chocolate bar is so … Continue reading
Would you like some ideas from Icelanders on how to spend your time in Iceland? Icelandic artist Fríða Kristín Gísladóttir describes one perfect day in Iceland for someone who is visiting for the first time. Fríða recommends waking up at 6 in … Continue reading
Yoga classes often begin with the instructor talking at the start of class about an issue that they have been recently pondering. The issue may relate to the time of year, the weather, something that happened to them, or recent … Continue reading
On December 23rd, Icelanders celebrate Þorláksmessa (or the Mass of Saint Þorlákur). As it is the last day of fasting, people eat fish rather than meat. The traditional fish to eat on this day is fermented skate that smells of ammonia … Continue reading
If the dark days of winter get you down, think about taking fish oil! Despite living through dark winters, Icelanders have very low rates of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many Icelanders believe this is due to the fact that most Icelanders take fish oil regularly from a young age (this photo is of an Icelandic girl who is 3 1/2 years old, shown with her fish oil she will consume with her breakfast). This photo was in the New York Times.