Thorrablot Viking Festival

The Viking midwinter festival of Thorrablot!

Lovingly referred to as the “stinky food festival,” Thorrablot (pronounced THOR-uh-bloat) is month-long ritual that has been celebrated by Icelanders for over 1000 years.

The timing for the festival coincides with the month of Thorri, according to the old Icelandic calendar, which begins on the first Friday after January 19th (the 13th week of winter).

Thorrablot was originally a feast of sacrifice to the Norse God Thor. Today it’s celebrated with festive gatherings where you dine on traditional Viking eats like boiled sheep’s head and fermented shark. Don’t forget to wash it down with Brennivin, the local caraway-seed flavored spirit fondly known as Black Death.

Modern day Icelanders don’t normally eat these types of foods. But during the month of Thor you can find these traditional Viking delicacies stocked on grocery store shelves and on restaurant menus. Follow @IceSif on Twitter for daily tweets on Thorrablot #VikingSnacks

#VikingSnacks that’ll put Viking hair on your chest:

Hákarl – Putrefied Greenlandic shark washed down with…
Brennivin – caraway-seed flavored spirit aka Black Death
Hrútspungar – Boiled ram testicles pressed into blocks
Svið – Boiled sheep heads, sometimes served on a stick
Sviðasulta – Head cheese made from lamb
Lifrarpylsa– Liver sausage haggis made from sheep innards
Blóðmör – Lamb’s blood pudding
Harðfiskur– Wind-dried fish jerky served slathered in butter
Rúgbrauð – Icelandic sweet rye bread
Hangikjöt – Smoked lamb eaten cold
Lundabaggi – Sheep lard
Selshreifar – Cured seal flippers