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Vikings in Christmas mood

By Iceland Review

Vikings, who provide live entertainment at Fjörukráin restaurant in Hafnafjördur outside Reykjavík, have disguised themselves as yule lads in time for Christmas.

Since 18 November Fjörukráin has offered guests a special Christmas buffet of traditional and contemporary Icelandic Christmas dishes, including smoked lamb, Christmas ham, reindeer meat balls, sea food pate and roasted pork.

“The yule lads sing Christmas songs and, Grýla, their mother, is toastmaster,” Jóhannes Vidar Bjarnason, manager of Fjörukráin tells Before dinner Grýla serves special Christmas mead which she brews in her cave outside the restaurant.

“Song has always been our trademark,” Bjarnason says. Fjörukráin opened in 1990 and shortly after Bjarnason started offering live entertainment and special menus on French and Austrian theme days.

“One year later we put up a tent in the garden and hired singers to dress as Vikings and entertain the guests while serving traditional Icelandic food. It was supposed to be for one summer only, but it got so popular that Fjörukráin became a year-round Viking theme restaurant,” Bjarnason explains.

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