• An array of Thorri food, pickled lamb products, cured shark and dried fish.

Hello to Thorri in Iceland

We’re certainly stinking up the place here at the WOW air headquarters today. The reason is our celebration of Husband’s Day, the first day of the old Icelandic calendar month Thorri. If you book cheap flights to Iceland right now you won’t miss this festival of bad taste, beer and Icelandic Brennivín.Tradishional Thorri food on a plate

The reason for this stink is the Thorri food, a mixture of pickled blood and liver pudding, pickled briskets, cured shark, soured ram’s testicles, pickled whale blubber, pickled and non-pickled sheep head jelly and lots of other horrifyingly savoury dishes. Don’t worry though, the WOW air chef, Mrs. Sigrún, also cooked us some lovely fresh meat with sweet potatoes and other vegetables, the Thorri food is really just for show.

Women giving men a standing ovation. Our WOW men got a standing ovation when they came down for lunch.

Thorri is the fourth month of winter according to the old, Icelandic calendar. It always starts on a Friday called Husband’s day and ends four weeks later on a Saturday which is called Thorri’s Slave. You can find Thorri food in all grocery stores in Iceland during this month and in many restaurants as well.

Icelandic witch Sigridur Klingenberg standing over men eating Thorri food on Husband's day in Iceland. Icelandic witch Sigridur Klingenberg gave the boys a good reading.

The beginning of this tradition can be traced back to midwinter reunions of student societies in the late 19th century and later to various regional societies in the beginning of the 20th century. These reunions often offered buffets of “Icelandic food” or “Icelandic food the old style” which consisted of a few well known dishes from the Icelandic countryside that had become rare in the common Icelandic households.
Thorri food soon became popular in other restaurants around town and of course many people knew these dishes from their younger days. Many of the regional societies then started using the terms “Thorri food” and “Thorri feast” when they advertised their reunions.

Icelandic men raising a glass during a Thorri feast. "SKÁL" (or cheers)

All year round, travellers in Iceland are fooled into believing that these smelly delicacies are the real traditional food of Icelanders and that everyone here loves it. It’s a blatant lie, at best. Some people just love watching their guests gag and cough. If you’re adventurous enough to try it, keep a shot of the Icelandic Brennivin at hand, you’ll probably need it.
Want to experience this unique atmosphere and have a taste? Book cheap flights to Iceland with WOW air. We promise you the food isn’t all rotten or pickled, even during the month of Thorri.