The hygge of travel

Yes yes yes, we all know about hygge at home don’t we? But in my neck of the woods, it’s cold, it’s grey and I’m spending every waking second trying to strategically plan my annual leave, lusting over travel blogs and ending up 35 tabs deep in flight websites. I spotted today that a third…

7 untranslatable Nordic words you’ll love

In case you hadn’t heard, I’m quite fond of hygge. One of the things I really love about it is that there is no direct translation into English – this is the Linguistics graduate in me. I love the different characters of languages that give us terms we can’t say neatly in our own language….

Why you should care about raw Icelandic cooking

When was the last time you went out for a delicious raw Icelandic meal? What, never? Really? NEVER? You haven’t lived. OK, yes, me neither – but I was certainly very intrigued when I spotted a new recipe book, Raw: Recipes for a modern vegetarian lifestyle by Solla Eiríksdóttir. When a lot of people think…

In search of the Northern Lights

To some people, three trips to Iceland in five years could be seen as excessive. All I have to say to that is NO, you are wrong, Iceland is brilliant and nothing you say will make me think otherwise. So that’s why I’m going to tell you about my most recent trip, just last week…

Hygge places: Reykjavik, Iceland

Before I went to Reykjavik this week for the second time, I had plans for writing a post on my return about all the hygge spaces in the city. But I can’t really do that, because Reykjavik is the total and utter epitome of hygge, everywhere, in every way. I first visited in 2011, and I fell in…

Kveikur by Sigur Rós review: Once more with feeling

I’m going to say something that’s going to shock you. First I will mitigate what I’m about to say by making sure you’re aware that Sigur Rós is my favourite band and probably always will be. If you put my iPod on shuffle, every other song will be Sigur Rós. If I had to destroy…