Supernatural Suppers:

An Icelandic Ghost Story

Photo by Paul Hoi,

Photo by Paul Hoi,


A Very Special Halloween Episode by The Feast!

Dead chefs tell no tales! Except on Halloween, that is. This week, we're bringing you the story of a ghostly banquet straight from the sagas of medieval Iceland. A mix of fact and fiction, sagas provide some of the only clues we have about early Icelandic cooking. Today, the island's cuisine may be famous for its fermented shark and its luscious skyr, but we'll learn what was on the menu 1,000 years ago when a dead woman decided to play chef for the night. Find out what happens when you eat the food of the dead and what to do when ghosts show up for their own funeral feast. It's a very eerie Halloween special of The Feast!

Written & Produced by Laura Carlson

Technical Direction by Mike Portt

Music by: 

Becerra-Schmidt, "Cuarto Cuarteto Para Cuerdas" performed by the Philadelphia String Quartet (Becerra-Schmidt: Cuarto Cuarteto Para Cuerdas by Philadelphia String Quartet is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License)

Maciej Żołnowski, "Kwartet Japonski I/II" (Kwartet Japonski I + II by Maciej Żołnowski is licensed under a Attribution License.)

Songs of Norway, "Leopard Hairs" (Leopard Hairs by Songs Of Norway is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.)

Dronæment, "A Collection of Songs about Norway" (A Collection Of Songs About Norway by dronæment is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.


Read more about Thorgunna and her cloak with the whole Eyrbyggja Saga. Monsters! Adventurers! Dead People! 

Want to learn more about Icelandic cuisine, medieval or modern?

Check out these links to find all you'll ever need to know about fermented shark and skyr. 

A Little Food History by Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir

Icelandic Food & Cookery (2014)

North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland (2014)