Traditional Icelandic Desserts

It is that time of year again, where the sun never sets and we are well into our busiest season. At Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons every season is wedding season, but many couples prefer the endless summer nights to the dark winters.  But not to worry, if you want to get married with everything covered in snow and bless your marriage under the lights of that Aurora, that is okay too. This month’s blog is dedicated to Iceland’s traditional desserts. In this blog you can get an idea of what kind of desserts suit you for your special Iceland wedding/elopement day.

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The Kransakaka or Kransekake originally originated from Denmark in the 18th century, where it was first baked in Copenhagen. The Kransakaka has been a big part of Iceland´s traditional desserts. The Kransakaka is a sweet, almond(y) piece of heaven, often said to taste like marzipan (which insistently is made of almonds and similar ingredients). The cake is made of many layers, stacked to resemble an inversed cone (think pyramid of rings). It is an old tradition for the bride and groom to be the first to break into the cake. It is said that the number of layers that stick to the top one when they lift it is how many children they will have together. Others leave it to the guests to decide how many children they will have depending on how many layers are eaten or broken off by the end of the party.  If you wish to stick with tradition, your guests are welcome to say a speech only if they break a layer of the cake first.  Another tradition is for each couple at your Iceland Wedding to break a layer together and make a wish. A kransakaka can be accommodate the size of your party, for as few as a couple eloping to a big extravagant wedding. Imagine having your own beautiful kransakaka at your Iceland Wedding! A kransakaka for every need one might say. The kransakaka can also be found in christenings, baptisims and big birthdays.

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The Icelandic Kleina or as some people call it “The Icelandic Doughnut” is also one of Iceland’s numerous traditional desserts. Along with the Icelandic Ástarpúngar which literally translates to “love balls”. What do the Kleina and the Ástarpungar have in common? Both or them belong to the pastry family and they are both deep fried. The Icelandic Ástarpungar are commonly round in shape and they also include raisins. The Icelandic Kleina can also be found covered in chocolate. Do you really want to indulge your taste buds? Try the Icelandic Kleina topped with Icelandic Smoked Salmon. We promise you will not regret it!

Another common traditional Icelandic dessert is the Icelandic pancake. This thin crape like pancake is delicious and can be combined in many different ways. Our personal favorite is drizzled with sugar and wrapped like a tortilla. Another delicious option is to add a jam of your choice, freshly whipped cream and then folded into a triangle. What is your favorite dessert topping? We highly recommend trying the traditional Icelandic pancake with Nutella and freshly whipped cream. You will not be disappointed. If you happen to fall in love with the traditional Icelandic pancake, do not worry a special pan can be bought in one of Iceland’s two shopping malls.

When visiting Iceland, it is almost mandatory to try the Icelandic Ice cream. An ice cream shop can almost be found on every corner. A few of our favorites to look out for are the following: Ísbúð Huppu, Valdís, or if you are in the north Brynjuís located in Akureyri.

Seeing as we are a wedding/elopement company it wouldn´t be right if the Hjónabandssæla did not make the list. Hjónabandssæla translates to marriage bliss. This delicious cake is made of buttery oat crust with a mouthwatering rhubarb jam filling. The perfect slice topped with fresh Icelandic whipped cream goes perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

We hope our blog has given you an insight on Iceland´s traditional dessert. Do you want to have any of these delicious Icelandic traditional desserts at your Iceland wedding or elopement Contact us and we can connect you to our amazing vendors.

 

Budget Minded Tips and Tricks For Your Iceland Wedding.

Are you planning the perfect destination wedding?  The budget for a wedding can quickly get out of hand, but don’t worry, in today’s blog we share with you a few tips and tricks on how to keep a handle on those purse strings.

With a little research online, you can find loads of different helpful websites to design your wedding invitations. Our friends at Wedding Chicks  have a a handful of beautiful print outs, including invitations, place cards, menus, save the dates and seating charts for the perfect Iceland wedding event.  They even have labels which can come in handy for sealing envelopes.   The best part about these printables are they are completely free and easy to modify. The most difficult tasks will be choosing from their many deliciously beautiful layouts, deciding on a colour scheme. and selecting your card stock from your local office supply store.  Select your colour, the theme, add in your desired choice of words (names, dates, location)…and it´s Iceland Wedding here we come!  We wish you good luck choosing one as there are so many beautiful ones to choose from.

 

When choosing wedding decor whether it be for the ceremony or the reception, Pinterest is your friend.  Pinterest has many beautiful “DIY” ideas which can assist in lessening the burden on your bank account. Ranging from easy to difficult, simple to extravagant, DIY wedding decor is becoming more and more popular.  Along with the financial benefits, creating your own decor allows you to customize the arrangements to exactly what you want.  Why settle when you can have exactly what you want at your Icelandic wedding, right?   If you plan on transporting your already assembled decor to Iceland, we suggest using a hard shell suitcase on container. Another brilliant way to save on your budget minded Iceland wedding is artificial flowers.  Afloral has a beautiful selection of assembled bouquets, or you can even design one on your own.   What a better way to remember your Iceland Wedding Day than a bouquet you can keep forever?

If your dream is to have the decor to have a truly authentic Icelandic feel, decor may be rented from Iceland Wedding Planner  You can rent anything from Icelandic moss for your centerpieces, to basalt rocks for your place card holders.  A Day of Planner may also be hired to take care of the decorating while you enjoy the best day of your life.   Bouquet? Place settings? Centerpieces? Ceremony and reception decor? A Day of Planner has you covered!

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We also wanted to share with you a few ideas on what you can give your guests as a keep safe from your memorable Iceland wedding day.   A few of our clients have gone with samples of  Icelandic liquors or spirits.  Popular choices are Reyka Vodka, Björk schnapps, or the famous Icelandic Brennivín also known as “Black Death”.  Dare to be even more Icelandic? Pair the Brennivin with fermented shark, an Icelandic tradition.  Another popular option is giving your guests Icelandic salt.  Saltverk has a selection of delicious salts including lava salt induced with activated charcoal and Iceland´s favorite flavor; black licorice.   Another creative choice and today’s craze is all about nature and our well being. Our friends at Nordic Angan have a variety of products made with Icelandic herbs.   Ranging from essential oils to shampoo bars.   A beautiful and earth friendly gift to remember Iceland by.

 

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We at Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons pride ourselves in making your Iceland Wedding as memorable and beautiful as possible. We can connect you to all of Iceland’s very best vendors and best kept wedding secrets. Completing a personalized schedule for you and your guests or taking care of every aspect of the planning process are only a couple of services we offer.

Does what we have to offer appeal to you?  Contact Us to get your planning process started today.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

 

Why you Should Hire a Day of Planner For Your Wedding in Iceland

A Iceland Day of Planner can make all of the difference on your wedding day. Your wedding day should be as stress free as possible. By hiring a Iceland Day of Planner the special couple can focus on making incredible memories and leave the little details and worries to the professionals. For destination weddings , an Iceland Day of Planner can play an essential role, especially where you may not be able to pull as many strings as you could back home.

 
Our Team at Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons has you covered as our Iceland Day of Planners are ready for what ever you might throw their way.  Our Iceland Day of Planners are all highly experienced in all of Iceland’s weather conditions and will be able to ensure a safe and beautiful memory for all involved in your special day.

 
Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons take weddings to another level. Often couples and their guests can find themselves hiking the glorious landscapes, canyons, caves, and beaches Iceland has to offer. Having an Iceland Day of Planner at your side through out the day can be a blessing in all sorts of ways. They ensure that all of your guests are always accounted for; they are there to stand in the glacier rivers and hold your guests hands while they cross; they can even arrange for meal, wedding cake or flower arrangement pick up. All of our Iceland Day of Planners are ready with a Go Bag in case of emergencies. Go Bags include items like first aid kits, water, lint rollers, protein bars, umbrellas, woolen socks, our personal favorite Hot hands, and much more.

 
Our Iceland Day of Planners will politely ask unwanted tourist to stop taking pictures of you while you are posing for your wedding photos. They can offer their expert advice on where is best to stand for your ceremony and even run in to fix your dress before the perfect picture is shot.

 

 

Seated Ceremony

Seating your guest at your ceremony is highly recommended for many reasons. Firstly, your guests will be more comfortable, especially older guest or people with small children. Secondly, it is more photographically pleasing when it comes to your ceremony pictures. Your Iceland Day of Planner can arrive at your ceremony location before you to assure all of the seating. Not to mention, if your ceremony is located at a waterfall our Iceland Day of Planners will be arrange the seating in such a way to ensure the wind will not throw the water in the direction of the guests or the pair saying their “I do’s”.

 

 

 

Champagne Toast

You have exchanged your vows, said your “I do’s” and followed it by your first kiss as a married couple. Imagine hearing the “POP!” of your favorite Champagne while your guest gather to grab a glass to salute you into the new chapter of your life. Sound like something from a fairy tale? Your fairy tale? Our Iceland Day of Planners can make this memorable Champagne Toast happen for you and you won´t have to worry about a thing.

 

 

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Reception Decor

Have you rented decor for the reception or even brought some with you from overseas? Do you have a seating chart and want to have place setting cards organized in the correct order? While you are enjoying the rest of your amazing wedding day our Iceland Day of Planners can be setting up the most beautiful reception hall you have always imagined for your special day.

 


These are just some of the examples of some of the things our Iceland Day of Planners have done and are not limited to. Do you have an amazing idea you need help putting to action? Let our Jack of all Trades Iceland Day of Planner help you make it happen. Contact Us and lets start planning your dream wedding or elopement today!

Brag Worthy Honeymoon in Iceland

You have planned the most perfect wedding, are you thinking of where to have the perfect honeymoon? The answer is a Honeymoon in Iceland. For those looking for an exciting city break or an exhilarating excursion getaway; Iceland has the answer to every couples’ honeymoon wants and desires.

Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland is a cultural metropolis with something for everyone. Whether you are a foodie, an art lover, a music junkie, or an adventure seeker there is always something to keep you busy in this city full of life. When looking for a place to stay, accommodation options are endless: hotels, hostels, or Airbnbs. Another bonus to staying in the city is there is no need for a vehicle. The city is very walk-able and local bus transportation is affordable and user friendly (you can find the Stræto app HERE. A city break honeymoon in Iceland, in Reykjavik, is full of endless options.

Foodie lovers will enjoy the traditional Icelandic eats found at many local restaurants. Tantalize your taste buds with delicious plates full of some of Iceland´s delicacies: whale, lamb, puffin, fermented shark, and local seafood. Not your style? Then grab a hot dog from the famous SS Pylsur stand by the harbor, otherwise known as the most famous restaurant in Iceland.

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At Perlan, , not only can you treat your eyes to a 360° view Reykjavík, you can take part in their amazing exhibits such as the glacier exhibit which allows you to experience what it is like to walk through a glacier.

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Looking to experience the nightlife on your honeymoon in Iceland? Reykjavík will not disappoint. Taste the local brews, spirits and other beverages at many of the downtown bars and pubs. Most offer live music and happy hour, which is a definitely budget friendly.

For those couples wanting to explore more than just the capital city, day trips are always an option. Either renting a car or booking a bus excursion, couples can explore a bit of Iceland with the comfort of staying in the city. Popular day trips include the Golden Circle, Glacier Lagoon, the amazing waterfalls in Southern Iceland, and the Blue Lagoon. For the adventurous types, there are day trips were couples can hike the glaciers or hike to natural hot springs, ride ATVs to the famous abandoned plane crash site, or snorkel between the tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park.

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Now that you have decided that a honeymoon in Iceland is the perfect accent to our dream wedding, it is important to dress the part. Whether it is summer or winter we recommend dressing in layers. A pair of light hiking boots and a water resistant jacket can make all the difference. And don´t forget to pack your swimwear. Relaxing in the hotpots at the local pools is a well high regarded pastime in Iceland. You´ll definitely regret not taking part in timeless tradition while honeymooning in Iceland. Many tourists often forget to pack evening attire when visiting Reykjavik, although not all places have dress code, you will be much more comfortable within the crowd if not wearing your winter attire at the restaurants, bars and pubs.

If a honeymoon in Iceland sounds like the fairy tale ending to your nuptials or is on your bucket list, Iceland Wedding and Honeymoons would love to assist in making your dreams come true. Please CONTACT us to find out more.

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

The holidays in Iceland

This month our subject is Christmastime. What better time to talk about the holidays then in December? The biggest holiday month of the year. If you find yourself traveling to Iceland this time of year, this blog post is perfect for you. Icelanders celebrate Christmas in a very big and magical way. In fact Icelanders celebrate Christmas for a whole 13 days. Starting from December 23rd and ends January 6th.

Have you heard of Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads? They are the sons of Leppalúði and Grýla who are evil trolls. So evil in fact that they eat bad children in their stew. It is said that Grýla and Leppalúði collect the bad children in a sack and carry them back to the mountains to cook them. Every year, 13 days before Christmas the Yule Lads come out from mountains one by one to visit the children of Iceland. The 13 Icelandic yule lads are a bit different from their parents, but are a tad bit sneaky and like to play tricks on people. The 13 Yule Lads are the following:

Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote Clod) is the 1st Yule Lad to arrive from the mountains. In the olden times he used to rial up the sheeps and drive all of the farmers crazy. He gets his name from his peg legs.

Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) is the 2nd to arrive. He used to sneak into the cow sheds to steal the milk.

Stúfur (Stubby) is the 3rd to arrive. He used to steal pans and eat the left over crusts left in them

Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker) is the 4th to arrive. He is the skinniest Yule Lad. He steals wooden spoons to lick them.

Pottaskefill (Pot-Scraper) is the 5th to arrive. He steals leftovers from pots.

Askasleikir (Bowl-Licker) is the 6th to arrive. He is know for stealing the askur. In the olden times people used to use jars called askur in stead of plates.

Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer) is the 7th to arrive. He is known for slamming every door in the house making sure to wake every one up in the middle of the night.

Skyrgámur (Skyr-Gobbler) is the 8th to arrive. He will finish every single skyr he will find.

Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-Swiper) is the 9th to arrive. He is known for stealing the sausages that are being smoked.

Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper) is the 10th to arrive. Likes to spy through windows looking for things to steal.

Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer) is the 11th to arrive. Uses his big nose to sniff peoples doorways for food.

Ketkrókur (Meat-Hook) is the 12th to arrive. Known for his hook he used to steal meat.

Kertasníkir (Candle-Sneaker) is the 13th and last Yule Lad to arrive. He is known to steal and eat candles. In the oldern times they were made from animal fat which made them edible. Kertasnírkir is often known as the Yule Lad to leave the best gift.

Seeing as a lot has changed since back in the day the Yule Lads have mostly stopped playing tricks on people and instead like to reward Icelandic children with gifts if they have been well behaved. If the children have been good they will receive a small gift in their shoes. The misbehaved children receive a potato in their shoes.

This wouldn’t be a very good blog post if we left out Grýla, Leppalúði, and the 13 Yule Lad´s cat. The giant cat is said to check if every person received a new piece of clothing for Christmas. If someone has not received a new piece of clothing, the cat is said to eat that person.

Thorlacs Mass or Þorláksmessa is celebrated on the 23rd of December to honor St. Þorlákur Þórhallsson, bishop of Skálholt, who was canonized and recognized as the patron saint of Iceland in 1984. This night is known as the night before Christmas seeing as Icelanders open their gifts and spend time with their family on the 24th. On Þorláksmessa Icelanders will gather on Reykjavík’s main street Laugavegur to finish up their last minute shopping. The street is filled with holiday cheer and most shops are open til midnight. On the street you can find locals singing carols, while nearby almonds are being roasted. Some shops will even have live music. It is an experience every one should have. It is a truly magical night!

December 24th: Christmas starts at 6pm on the dot. While some Icelanders will attend Christmas Mass followed by a festive dinner, while others will gather together and eat at 6. After dinner and dessert Icelanders will then open up their gifts from one another one by one.

December 25th Christmas day is usually spent visiting extended family, or attending dinner parties with close friends.

December 26th is know as the 2nd of Christmas which is also a holiday and a day off. In the past years it has become popular to go to the movies as a family or stay home and play games all day.

New Years Eve is one of the most spectacular nights in Iceland. In Iceland it is legal to buy and light your own fireworks. Most towns have a bonfire and a firework show around 8 o´clock. On the strike of midnight most Icelanders will celebrate the new year with lighting their own fireworks.

January 6th is the last day of the Christmas season. A kind of fare-well to the holiday. Most Icelander will attend a bonfire and a firework show followed by going home and lighting up the rest of their own fireworks. After the 6th of January it becomes illegal again to shoot fire works until next December.

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We hope this blog has been helpful for your coming trip, during the holidays in Iceland.

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)