Hákarl is fermented basking shark, a treat during midwinter festivals in Iceland. Brennivin is the classic icelandic spirit – a schnapps concoction that tastes a bit of fennel or anise. See those itty bitty pieces of Hákarl? That’s about as much as one foreigner can…”enjoy”. Followed by a serious swig of Brennivin. The shark is chewy. So your mouth is saturated with a taste that’s both like ammonia and like the stinkiest stinky cheese ever created. The ammonia cloud permeates the palette of the mouth, straight up to your poor defenseless nose. My generous hosts happened to have some on hand (kept frozen, of course), and I’m eternally grateful to them…
Gunnar warns us that there are ghosts in his bunker.
this is a traditional holiday cake, made almost totally with sugar, and maybe a little flour and candied fruit. but mostly sugar.
view from the back window