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Fish Egg Season Begins in Iceland

Hafberg fish store in Reykjavík is the first to offer fish eggs this season, which usually runs from mid-January to mid-March, and at a lower price than last year. This traditional dish is usually served boiled with potatoes and turnips.

“In December it’s skate and in January it’s fish eggs,” Geir Vilhjálmsson, one of Hafberg’s two owners, told Morgunbladid.

“People who buy fish eggs are usually over 40, although younger people can sometimes be spotted as well,” Vilhjálmsson said. Fish liver is also for sale during the fish egg season, but few people like the taste of liver these days.

“We also have soured fish eggs for Thorri, which are very good, but otherwise people boil them the traditional way,” the fish salesman added. During the old Icelandic mid-winter month of Thorri, Icelanders celebrate Thorrablót, a feast where many strange-looking “delicacies” are served.

Hafberg recently lowered the price of un-skinned haddock and fish eggs, which is, according to Vilhjálmsson, approximately ISK 200 lower (USD 1.62, EUR 1.19) than last year. “We decided to lower the price of un-skinned haddock a few months ago because of the situation in society,” he explained.

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