“Have you tried Icelandic rotten shark or sheep testicles and sheep head?”
This is one of the most common questions that tourists in Iceland have been asking. Now it is the season of Þorrablót festival during which we can experience this kind of weird food in Iceland. The festival starts on a Friday of the 13th week of winter (January 19th-25th), The 25th is also known as Bóndadagur or “Husband´s day” in Iceland and it lasts until the 18th week of winter (February 18th-24th). That particular Sunday is an essential day in Iceland, Konudagur – “Women´s day”.
In the old days, Icelanders used the traditional method of storing meat by submerging it in fermented whey before the age of the refrigerator,it is known as Þorramatur. Today Þorrablót is an important part of Icelandic culture. Icelanders make great parties out of this old tradition along with drinking Brennivin (Icelandic schnapps) and eating their pickled, smoked, dried and rotting food – Þorramatur. Normally Þorramatur is served in wooden tray for small group of people or on a buffet table for larger group of people. Here is the list of Þorramatur you can find on the buffet: Hangikjöt (smoked and salted lamb), Hrútspungar (lamb testicles), Lifrarpylsa (liver sausage), Blóðmör (blood sausage), Hákarl (rotten shark), Svið (smoked lamb head). Rúgbrauð (dark brown bread), Flatbrauð (flat bread), Harðfiskur (wind dried fish).
Interestingly, Iceland has continued to gain more and more tourists since this tradition is kept. So, will you be you brave enough to try the weird food? Do not miss the great opportunity to learn how Icelanders are holding a party!
“你有没有尝试过冰岛腐烂的鲨鱼肉，羊睾丸和羊头肉？” 这是冰岛游客被问到的最常见的问题之一。现在正好是冰岛传统食物节日的季节Þorrablót。节日开始于冬季第13周的星期五（1月19日至25日），25日在冰岛也被称为Bóndadagur-丈夫节，节日将持续到冬季的第18周（2月18日至24日） – 冰岛特别重要的一个星期天，Konudagur-妇女节。
在过去，冰岛人使用传统的方法来储存肉类。在没有冰箱时代之前，他们用酵乳清浸没各种肉食, 它被称为 Þorramatur。现在Þorrablót是冰岛文化的重要组成部分。每年此时，冰岛人会举办这个传统食物聚会，那里你会看到冰岛人畅饮 Brennivin（冰岛杜松子酒）及其吃腌制，熏制，干燥和腐烂的食物。通常情况下，Þorramatur是放入一个木制小托盘中供小团体用餐，人数多时，一般是以自助餐的形式用餐。以下是您可以在自助餐上找到的清单：Hangikjöt（咸羊肉），Hrútspungar（羊睾丸），Lifrarpylsa (肝香肠)，Blóðmör(血肠)，鲨鱼（腐烂的鲨鱼），Svið(烟熏羊头), Rúgbrauð(深褐色面包)，Flatbrauð(扁平的面包)，Harðfiskur(风干鱼片)。