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.
I found this sign at the Laundromat Cafe in Reykjavik to be representative of the overall climate in Iceland – supportive of women breastfeeding, supportive of mothers and children, and supportive of women in general. I was nursing my son … Continue reading
Last year during the Christmas season, I was home on maternity leave. I had a lot of time to bake long and complicated desserts. The dessert that was absolutely worth the time and trouble was the Sarah Bernhardt cake recipe. … Continue reading
Black Friday – even the name sounds grim, like something that should make you cower in fear. It is a time for fighting, pushing, shoving, and in some particularly gruesome cases, death. A few poor individuals have been stampeded to … Continue reading