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Iceland

Facts & Figures

Iceland Team Logo
  • Capital City: Reykjavik
  • Population: 270,000
  • Languages: Icelandic
  • Team Nickname: "Strakamir Okkar" - "Our boys"
  • Official Team Web Site (in Icelandic)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: -
  • Best European Championship Performance: Quarter Finals (2016)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 21 (October 2017)

Ideas for an Iceland Themed Party

Iceland are relative newcomers to the international football scene. They did not even enter a World Cup until the 1950s, and the only times (to date) that they have qualified for a major tournament were the UEFA Euro 2016 Championships, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals.

Icelandic Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Icelandic shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for blue, red and white table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Icelandic Party Decorations Ideas, visit our European Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in blue, red and white will help create the right atmosphere

Food for an Iceland Themed Party

Traditional Icelandic food is based around the most readily available produce. As a result, the main sources of protein are fish and seafood. Sheep have been farmed for centuries, but used largely for their wool and milk - consequently although lamb and mutton are popular, a live sheep was of more value than a dead one, and so the meat was not eaten as often as one might imagine (although of course this is changing nowadays). Wildfowl and ptarmigan live on the island and are popular, the latter especially so at Christmas, but declining numbers have led to a ban on hunting them. Puffin and shark meat are also eaten. Because of the long winters and therefore relatively short farming season, foods had to be preserved for use when out of season, and so smoked and dried meats, sausages, and other foodstuffs pickled or preserved in brine, have always been important parts of Icelandic cuisine. Dried fish is often eaten as a snack.

Vegetables are growing in popularity now, but were not always an important feature of Icelandic meals, which were dominated by meat and animal products in times gone by.
Dense, dark rye bread is a traditional form, and still popular today.

Starters/Snacks

Main Courses & Accompaniements

Drink for an Icelandic Party

Brennivin is nominally Iceland's national drink. It's a spirit made from fermented grain or potato - much like vodka - and flavoured with caraway. It is traditionall served cold, not mixed with anything, in a shot glass. If you can't find it, Icelandic Vodka or schnapps are good alternatives.

There are a number of breweries in Iceland, the most notable being Egill Skallagrimsson, Vífilfell and Einstök. Some of the best known brands include Viking, Egils and Thule, which are all lager/pilsner style beers. They're not easy to track down internationally, but we have found one supplier of Einstok Pale Ale online.

For non-alcoholic alternatives, Icelandic mineral water has an excellent reputation. Coffee is readly available and popular in Iceland, more so than tea.

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