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7 Scandi Ways To Screw Up

April 20, 2017 | Leave a comment

7 Scandi sayings for when things are not going well.

  1. If a Dane has his ass in the surface of the water (Røven i vandskorpen), it means things are not going well.

roven i vandskorpen dog


2. In Sweden, if you have made a real fool of yourself, people will tell you that ‘you have taken a shit in the blue cupboard’ (Nu har du skitit i det blå skåpet)


3. If you make a fool of yourself in Norway they might tell you that you “shat on your leg” (Nå har du bæsjet på leggen).


4. In Iceland, if someone says ‘peeing in your shoes will only keep you warm for a short while’ (“Það er skammgóður vermir að pissa í skó sinn”) they mean to tell you short term fixes don’t work.


5. If a Dane says you can both blow and have flour in your mouth, he means to say you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. (Man kan ikke både blæse og have mel i munden).


6. In Norway people might say you stomped in the piano if you mess up – ‘trampe i klaveret’.

trampe i klaveret mess up


7. If a Dane says ‘hot potato’ he could mean simply a hot potato – or he might also be referring to a tricky situation.

hot potato danish

Strong, salty and sweet licourice

May 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Strong Scandinavian licourice. Lakrids. Yummy. It’s the thing that most of us really miss from home. Since we opened last year, we’ve even converted a few locals onto the taste of Turkish pepper sweets and anything with salmiakki flavour. Salmiakki is a nice Finnish word for saying “ammonium chloride” (NH4Cl) which really does not sound like something that should be in sweets, but we love it so much we see past it.

At the moment we’re doing a little feature on the salty licourice – here are some of the many kinds we stock. Learn these and next time a few sneaky Danes try to offer you one of these sweets, you can knowingly say “Ha! you fools! Don’t you think I know how strong Djungelvrål is?” instead of being the laughing stock when your face ends up looking like you’ve just swallowed a hedgehog.

Tyrkisk peber – a strong boiled sweet containing ammonium chloride. Not for the faint hearted – this stuff is strong. The grey version (firewood) is chewy and a lot milder.
Djungelvrål – little sweet licorice monkeys covered with ammonium chloride. Extremely salty in the beginning, but sweet finish. Not for young kids

PANDA licorice – soft licorice, not too strong. Go for salty or sweet version.
Piratos – Danish salty licorice – chewy, strong and salty. Not for young kids
Salt Bomber – sweet licorice with sugar coating – a good beginner, not strong – ok for some viking kids
Lakrisal – ammonium chloride pastilles, medium strength, a favourite all over Scandinavia – not for kids
Labre Larver – sweet sugared caramel coating, sweet licorice inside – not strong, ok for kids
Nappar – salty licorice dummies, medium strength, OK for kids
IFA salty pastilles from Norway – medium
Salty Dent – from Norway, salty pastilles, chewy (medium)
Bilar “lakrits” – marshmallow type liquorice cars from Sweden – mild. OK for kids. And grownups.

Stuff that is nice about Iceland

February 22, 2012 | Leave a comment

Many things are nice about Iceland (except when they bring out the fermented shark).

The photographer James Appleton LINK http://www.jamesappleton.co.uk/ spent time photographing an Icelandic volcano erupting – set in the backdrop of the Northern Lights.


You can view the whole slide show right here LINK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/20/icelandic-volcano-fimmvruhls-erupts-against-aurora-borealis-pictures_n_1288495.html?ref=mostpopular



Ask the Scandies: What is Icelandic beer day? Why?

February 22, 2011 | Leave a comment

Imagine a world without Carlsberg: Probably the scariest thing in the world to imagine for some people.

That’s just what life was life on Iceland up until 1989. You think that is a long time ago? It’s not: it was the year of the first poll tax, Batman was in the cinemas and the Berlin Wall fell. That’s when Iceland legalised beer.

The Icelandic prohibition started in 1915 and while most of the prohibited stuff was legalised in 1935, beer remained prohibited until 1 March 1989 (since then, known as Beer Day).

So far, so fair. What most don’t know is that the reason the initial part of the ban was lifted in the twenties was because Spain refused to buy the Icelandic fish unless they could sell their wines in Iceland. The reason the Icelandic government only legaliszed spirits in 1935 and not beer was out of the argument that “beer costs than spirits and people will drink more, thus leaving to more depravity”.

Join Iceland on a rúntur (pub crawl) on 1 March.

Please note that all orders placed after 12th of December have missed the pre-Christmas deadline and will therefore not be shipped until January.
Our café & shop in central London is open until 23rd of December and will continue to get stock daily. Happy holidays! Dismiss

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