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Enjoy a traditional Icelandic midwinter‘s feast in the middle of summer

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  • Traditional fare for a midwinter's feast Some of the traditional Icelandic food might be challenging to untrained tastebuds. Photo/Pjetur Sigurðsson

If you are travelling in Eastern Iceland you should definitely consider stopping by at Já Sæll, a grill and bar and in the small fishing village of Borgarfjörður Eystri. On Friday night the bar will be hosting a traditional Icelandic Midwinter‘s feast, a Þorrablót, complete with all your traditional Icelandic delicacies.

This is not the first time Já Sæll tries to introduce new and unusual variants to old traditions. Last year the bar organized a Christmas celebration in the middle of the summer.

Borgarfjörður Eystri is one of the many locations in Iceland which are well off the beaten path, and worth visiting if you are travelling through Eastern Iceland. The village, which has a population of some 150 people, is home to a annual music festival, Bræðslan, which is held in the end of July.

Aren‘t you fed up with all the unspoiled food?
According to the local news outlet Austurfrétt the reason was simply that they wanted to do something fun, and Midwinter‘s feasts are usually great fun, „And we want to have fun!“

Securing traditional foods for the feast, including the sour foods was not particularly difficult. According to Óttar the only difference between the mid-summer midwinter‘s feast and the traditional midwinter‘s feast will be the weather.

Read more: Iceland’s Ark of Taste: some of the flavours will seriously challenge your tastebuds

A video the boys at Já Sæll created to advertise the event asks viewers whether it doesn‘t make more sense to celebrate in summer, and whether people are'nt tired of being pale white, fat and bald in all their midwinter‘s feast photos, and whether they are not fed up with all the unspoiled food?

But hurry: Registration for the feast ends tonight (Wednesday night).

If you can't make it to Borgarfjörður Eystri, but still want to taste traditional Icelandic foods, you can check out the grill at the BSÍ Bus Terminal in down-town Reykjavík, where you can get excellent charred lamb's heads.

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