Thorrablot Viking Food Festival

Join us in February on a cultural journey of freaky foods and authentic #VikingSnacks during the Thorrablot Midwinter Festival. There’s no better way to get to know a culture than through it’s food.

Thorrablot Viking Food Festival

Also known as the stinky food festival, this month-long ritual has been celebrated by Icelanders for over 1000 years.

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.


Hákarl – Putrefied Greenlandic shark
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
Brennivin – caraway-seed flavored spirit aka Black Death

For the month of Thorri follow @IceSif on Twitter for daily tweets of savory and scary #VikingSnacks.