Lonely Planet Writer

Iceland’s midwinter festivities begin with rotten eggs and putrefied shark

The midwinter festival of Þorrablót has begun in Iceland. The event is celebrated with traditional foods including putrefied shark, rotten eggs, whey-cured rams’ testicles and ‘head cheese’, pressed from lambs’ heads.

Putrefied shark in Iceland.
Putrefied shark in Iceland. Image by Troy / CC BY-SA 2.0

Smoked lamb, dried fish and rye bread (named ‘thunderer’ for its effect on the digestion) are among the more palatable dishes on offer. Þorrablót is celebrated throughout the old Icelandic month of þorri, which was once marked by a sacrifice to the Norse god Thor. Read more: icelandreview.com