One thing about that rotten shark thing in Iceland
It is one of the more surreal things about Iceland. The fact we regularly down old rotten shark and even make a toast of it too. In fact, it has become a must try for a growing number of tourists to this place. But there is one thing about this phenomenon that never gets mentioned and we believe should be.
Eating rotten shark goes back centuries in this place. Not, mind you, on account of the fabulous taste or the ease of cooking but for the simple reason there was massive food scarcity in Iceland in times past. So scarce, that fishermen hooked shark whenever they could in spite of the meat being poisonous and needing months and months to be edible..
Truthfully, nowadays this is not so much a general dish here but has gotten a new found fame because tourists think this is so fascinating. Where else do folks eat rotten stuff and like it?
Team Total Iceland is well aware sharks on the whole do not enjoy universal love. Indeed, many species are being hunted to extinction as we write. Well known is the practice of catching sharks only to cut off their fins leaving them to sink to the bottom and slowly die.
In Iceland the practice of hunting sharks is not a nice one either. Shark lines are left at sea sometimes for days on end which means the unfortunate beasts taking the bait can take days fighting death on a hook. That is way more horrible way to kill something than whales for instance. We wonder what world opinion would think of whales fighting for life for days and days.
Do keep this in mind if you find yourself in Iceland wanting to try the local shit. That horrible piece of mass before you on your plate died the most gruesome death possible. No animal deserves this.