What we do for Easter

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5 days of Easter vacation, so what do we do…?

WE ROCK OUT..

The Reykjavik Blues Festival started yesterday so if you are a blues lover you should check it out. Big blues concerts will be hosted at the Hilton Nordica tonight and tomorrow night with both local and international blues acts performing into the wee hours of the night.

If you prefer Jazz then be sure to visit CenterHotel Plaza on Monday night April 2, as there will be a live Jazz band playing in the Plaza lounge at 9pm.

Also taking place this weekend is the music festival ‘Aldrei fór ég suður’ held in the town of Ísafjörður located in the West Fjords. It’s a great family fun and it’s free. The festival also coincides with the official Ísafjörður ski week, another reason families flock to this remote town in the West Fjords for Easter weekend.

WE SKI..

Ísafjörður isn’t the only popular ski destination this weekend because many Icelandic families travel up north to Akureyri for Easter. Akureyri, the capital of the north, is not only a beautiful town worth visiting but it has a fun little ski mountain very close and accessible from town. And on Easter weekend Akureyri hosts a big family festival called ‘Hello Easter’ with art exhibitions, concerts and loads of fun for the whole family.

For those who wish to ski but not leave Reykjavík city, Bláfjöll ski mountain is only 30 minute drive from Reykjavík and it is a very popular ski area for Reykjavík locals. At Bláfjöll you can rent skiing equipment, but make sure to dress warm.

WE EAT..

And the most important part of Icelandic Easter (for kids at least)…THE Easter Egg. THE Easter Egg is not only a large chocolate egg, that comes in various sizes and is filled with candy and other goodies. It is so much more. Read our last years blog dedicated to THE Easter Egg.

Although we adults also greatly enjoy THE Easter Egg, because how can we not; we are also excited for the Roasted leg of lamb that is traditionally served in Icelandic homes on Easter Sunday.

Don’t have access to an Icelandic family or a kitchen? Don’t worry, all three of our hotel restaurants SKÝ Restaurant & Bar, Ísafold Restaurant and Jörgensen Kitchen & Bar will be open for Easter and you can find delicious lamb dishes on their menus.

Happy Easter!

Celebrate Easter Icelandic-style

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Icelanders consider Easter a big deal, it´s not only our second biggest holiday after Christmas but it is celebrated with BIG chocolate Easter eggs filled with candy and wise words. Easter is a family oriented holiday and many families use the opportunity of a long five day weekend to travel. There are a number of things to choose from to spend the Easter vacation. For some it’s skiing in the town of Akureyri which is located up north and for others that are more into music Easter is all about the music festival “Aldrei fór ég suður which is a free music festival in Ísafjörður in the Westfjord.  Some just use these days to eat and kick back.

Here are some more fun facts about Icelandic Easter.

Easter eggs – “Páskaegg”…

…are made out of sweet Icelandic chocolate, traditionally given to children but also exchanged by adults. The eggs come in many sizes and are available in different kinds of chocolate, but there’s one part of the Icelandic Easter egg that never changes, each egg contains a small note with a wise Icelandic proverb or a saying.

Easter decorations…

…is something many Icelanders place a huge effort in and that involves decorating their houses for Easter in shades of yellow and green. The decorations are connected with the coming of spring and we tend to associate Lilies to this particular holiday and call them Easter lilies.

Easter party….

Easter is a 5 day weekend which for many Icelanders means extra days to party. Since most bars and clubs close down at midnight the night before Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Wednesday has become the popular party night as bars stay open until until 3 am. The party picks up again at midnight on on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday when bars open up again.

Easter lamb…

After a day spent on gorging on chocolate eggs, what’s better than the savory relief of a delicious Icelandic lamb. Lamb is the Icelandic traditional Easter Sunday dinner and considering the quality of the Icelandic lamb, that’s really no surprise. Although there is no specific Easter lamb dish, a roasted leg of lamb is popular among Icelanders and that is exactly what SKÝ Restaurant & Bar will be offering on it’s Easter menu.

Happy Easter everyone!