Monday, February 21, 2011

Go local and enjoy local yammies

It´s March 1st and I have to apologise for a delay as February was the month to blog about local food adventures.

The excuse is my full involvement in conference preparation for a Tourism Marketing Office of North Iceland, which brought some very nice discussions and I will share some interesting outcomes here as soon as the evaluation process is finished.

But now, back to a promised virtual journey full of great local food in Eyjafjordur.

I want to start with introducing a new concept that started last year and is about mapping possibilities of tasting local food directly from farms where it´s being made, grown, processed, you name it.

Once you click here, you will get to a map of Iceland, showing places where it´s possible to visit a farm directly and get fresh products right at the spot. Unfortunately, the web-page is in Icelandic only but I will help you navigate here.

Once clicking on dots scattered in Eyjafjordur, we find the following on offer:
this farm has been processing feathers and making eider-downs - eventhough this is not food, it might be interesting for some of you to visit the place and just see how they do it. They also have home-grown potatoes for sale.

these guys have home-made ice-cream and the flavours they offer range from traditional taste all the way to beer ice-cream. It´s a must to try, I´d say.

South of Akureyri, you have the chance to visit a cow´s farm where they serve fresh dried beef and a wide range of beef yammies that one might think of.

Now, there´s definitely more to add on the map as I know a few more tips from the fjord that I´ll share with you here.

EKTA FISKUR in Hauganes - Professsionals in making great food out of fresh fish. They also sell all kinds of fish and their specialty for tourists is so called GOLDEN BOX with salted fish - BACALAO - perfectly packed present to be taken home.

KALDI in Árskogssandur belongs to one of the best local beers in Iceland. It´s one and only non-pasterized beer and you´re welcome to pop in for tasting anytime. (might be wise to call beforehand in the summer as they´re getting overbooked then).

Last but not least, there is a newly opened restaurant in Siglufjordur called Hannes Boy - a charming place with excellent food. Another must, although I have to admit that I was rather disappointed, finding it close in February without any sign saying why or when they´d open next :(.

Akureyri, as a metropolis of North, has quite some places on offer and I recommend you to check their pages to find exactly something that would fit your taste and preference.
My personal favourite one is a lovely café called 'the blue mug' - I could die for the cakes their including their home-made cream.

Well, that´s it for today. Should you be having troubles finding the places described above, do write to me: or phone me up:00354- 840 13 29, I´ll be happy to help.
Otherwise, I definitely recommend having a phone number of the place you decide to visit, especially during winter time so that they can come and open for you eventhough at the time of your visit they might be busy with something else - welcome to Iceland.


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