One of our favorite traditions here at Black Travel Movement is to kick off each of our trips with a welcome dinner. It offers travellers a chance to connect and bond over authentic, local culinary delights. On the first night of our inaugural voyage to Iceland in February 2019, we gathered at Grillmarkadurinn for an epic nine-course tasting menu.
Grillmarkadurinn works closely with local farmers to procure seasonal produce and fresh meats that chefs prepare on their custom-made grill. The tasting menu, which is served family style for the whole table to enjoy, changes frequently.
After toasting to new friendship with gorgeous craft cocktails, BTM family members started off with artisanal bread and three kinds of butter. We had duck salad with spinach, mozzarella, mint and coriander vinaigrette, mandarins, and pomegranate seeds. There was also Minke Whale, lobster tempura, lightly salted cod, char, goose, pork belly, and Icelandic lamb. And those with more adventurous palettes even sampled the grilled reindeer!
We finished the meal with a dessert platter that contained a selection of exotic fruits, ice cream, sorbets, and the grillmarket chocolate sphere, filled with coffee ice cream and served with Mascarpone mousse and warm caramel.
Though, the infamous Aurora Borealis (the Northen Lights) escaped us, the first BTM trip to Iceland was a success! With its waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanic springs this Nordic paradise truly took our breath away. From our hotel in the city of Reykjavik we explored Iceland’s nightlife and culinary delights. Plus, we took day trips to the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa where the wonders of nature and the beauty of winter intersect.