Inspired by Iceland is taking the dining experience to a whole new level with Eldhús a pop-up food experience on wheels which will be travelling across the most remote and extreme areas of Iceland seeking out the best of Icelandic cuisine. Eldhús is an Icelandic word meaning kitchen. Literary, it means house of fire, referring to the part of an house where the open fire would be kept alive for cooking, before the days of metal stoves.
This tasty 12-day expedition through Icelandic gastronomy runs from the 7th to the 18th March and will see Eldhús braving frozen glaciers and volcanic terrain, teetering along mountain paths and stopping off at Iceland’s most extreme beauty spots for tips and native delicacies from local farmers and fisherman.
This little feast of delights is being built completely from scratch and will accommodate everything from Grandma’s favourite recipes to Iceland’s most cutting edge gastronomy. Obviously so much good food requires great cooks and very soon we will be starting the search for Iceland’s most inspiring and talented food moguls to take part in the 12-day food journey.
Through the Inspired by Iceland communities on Facebook and Twitter we will invite the people of Iceland to nominate themselves or the people they know to take on the role of chef for one night. Visitors to Iceland eating at Eldhús will be lucky enough to be dined by these winning chefs. We’ll be selecting our cooks by asking them what Icelandic dishes they would love to rustle up for the guests. Keep an eye out for more details to follow very soon.
If you’d be happier eating the food rather than cooking it then come back soon for more information on how to register for the chance to eat in Eldhús on selected nights over its journey from 7th to 18th March.
Yes, friends. You read that correctly.
This month and next, Icelanders have joined hands to welcome tourists to the country by issuing personal invitation to guests to join them as part of daily life in Icceland.
Enjoy swimming in the North Atlantic Ocean with a local, or accept pancakes from the president of Iceland. The whole nation welcomes you.
Eat waffles with The President of Iceland
Now this is a campaign only accomplishable in a tiny and friendly country such as Iceland. The President of Iceland launched the campaign with an address to the nation asking them to invite foreign guests into their homes or out for some play. Icelanders are supposed to go to the Inspired by Iceland website and register their invitations which visitors can then view and select.
Whether it is a private concert in your hotel room with one of my favorite singers Mugison, swimming in the sea with locals, learning to knit a lopapeysa, eat sushi with Jón Gnarr, milk some cows or go out for winter ice cream, I’m sure you’ll find someone to connect with.
The campaign was just launched today, so it will be interesting to watch the invitation list grow in the coming days.