Thorrablot in Iceland
Icelanders celebrate the old feast of Thorrablot, with singing, dancing, and the consumption of traditional Viking food, topped off with brennivin (Icelandic spirit). Thorrablot, also known as the Mid-winter Feast, sees the capital of Reykjavik and her restaurants open up to crowds of thousands.
Iceland still celebrates many of the old Viking traditions was originally a feast of sacrifice involving the blood of oxen and goats.
Thorrablot is a good example of this is and takes place during the entire month of February. During this month the Vikings celebrated with great feasts and plenty of dancing and singing because February was the fourth month of winter which meant that spring would be returning soon.
Therefore restaurants and homes alike feature special menus with some of the old traditional Viking foods. Some of these delicacies include Slatur, which is sheep's blood pudding rolled in lard and sewn up in the stomach, as well as Svith, which is a half boiled lamb's head, and of course everybody's favorite, pickled ram's testicles.
It includes Hákarl (putrefied shark), Hrútspungur (ram's scrotum with testicles) and Svið (jellied sheep's head). Over dinner, your host might share a riveting viking tale while you sample the foods that the empire once enjoyed. After the meal, take a swig or two of Brennivin (a very potent Icelandic Schnapps) and revel the night away with traditional dances, music and games.