Category Archives: Icelandic

Candy days in Iceland – (nammidagur)

Iceland candy days

This is what is looks like if you go to the grocery shop on a Saturday – 50% discount of all the candy

On Saturdays all the parents take their children to the grocery store to buy candy. They fill a bag with all their favorite candy….

This was not when I was growing up. But this tradition started around 15 years ago. The goal was to decrease tooth decays in children by limiting their sugar intake to just one day a week.

But the problem today is that kids are eating sugary stuff every day – AND then on weekends they eat way to much, because they are celebrating the candy day! Continue reading

Why we don’t hide the Horse meat in Iceland

486226_462224670507315_1878820338_nThere has been a lot of fuss about the horse meat found in products that were not suppose to contain horse meat.

I understand that most countries find it disgusting to eat horse meat, just like “we Icelanders” find it disgusting to eat dogs.

But the truth is that Icelanders do eat Horse meat. And many people LOVE to eat horse meat.
So we don’t have to hide it in our products – we just sell it at horse meat and people buy that.

But since the world news has been all about this hidden horse meat, they decided to test some of the Icelandic products to see if they matched the ingredient list. Continue reading

My favorite street in Iceland – Skolavordustigur (Skólavörðustígur)


Skolavordustigur is my favorite street in downtown Reykjavik. It is filled with coffee houses, art stores and speciality stores.

The street begins from Laugavegur (what used to be the main shopping street in Iceland before the first Mall opened in 1987) and ends at Hallgrimskirkja (the church of Hallgrim).

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Happy Bun-day day in Iceland

Bun-day wandToday is the Bun-day day in Iceland.

The kids wake up early to spank their parents with a special wand (see picture on the left). As they spank they say “Bun, bun, bun….” And for each  spank they are able to make (until their parents are able to run off or turn around) – they get one bun.

Every company in Iceland offers buns to their employees today.

Kids in the schools are usually only allowed to bring fresh fruit or vegetables for snacks,
but today they can bring buns to school.

Many people start to taste the buns the on Saturday and Sunday.
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Don’t like Thunderstorm ? – Visit Iceland !

ThunderstormI was just now reading the news online in Iceland. And one of the top news was “Thunder and lightning” and the first paragraph was something like this:

“You could hear thunder in the capital around 2:30 pm today. The weather specialist working at the Icelandic Weather Station  says that many people noticed thunder and lightning in Blafjoll. And then it followed with dark clouds and heal. ..”
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Icelandic landscape – our beautiful moss

mossMany Icelanders have summer houses, or have access to a summer houses. If you live in Reykjavik, and work a lot – it is amazing to be able to go away to a different place on weekends.

My family has a summer house that is located just one hour away from the capital (Reykjavik). I have been driving there regularly for the past 20 years, but every single time I feel it’s breathtaking how beautiful the landscape is.
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Suitcase shopping – the Icelandic way

suitcaseThe Icelanders are one of a kind when it comes to shopping.

When we travel abroad, the only thing on our mind is ***Shopping***.

The population in Iceland is 300.000 – but every time I go to the nearest mall in the US, downtown shopping or to the nearest Outlet – I see Icelanders.

You can spot them from a distance:

  • they usually talk very loud (because they think no one understands them)
  • they love wearing black
  • and last but not least their mission is to shop – so when they enter a store, they will not leave it without buying something.
  • Yes, and one more thing – many of them carry suitcases on wheels so they can shop more without having to carry many bags.
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Icelanders LOVE Eurovision!

eurovisionWe love Eurovision, everyone in Iceland watches it and hopes (and deep down inside believes) that Iceland will win. Every one goes to a Eurovision party where people come together to watch the competition – either with family or friends – this is a big thing for us!

We first participated in 1986 with a song called “Gleðibankinn” (which translates as The Happy Bank). When the competition was on, there was not one person outside – not even in downtown Reykjavik.

Some Icelanders did not want us to participate, because if we won we would not be able to host the competition the following year (because our population is only around 300.000 and we didn’t have any big building for an event like this).
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