Icelanders are a resilient bunch. What with the long dark winters, sporadically erupting volcanoes and peak summer temperatures that barely scrape into double figures they need to be. And yet they stride serenely about the planet with their rosy cheeks and skin as smooth as polished marble, making the rest of us feel like the trolls of their folklore.
So what gives them their glow? What’s the source of the immaculate complexions, higher life expectancy and general good health? The fresh air can’t hurt – there’s not much in the way of smog up there (unless Eyjafjallajökull pops its cork again) – but their diet works wonders too.
This is a land where oily fish are abundant along the coast, and a quick forage is likely to turn up more healthy food than you can fit in a Nutribullet. And the Icelandic-style Arla skyr yogurt is creamy but is fat free, high in protein and has a reduced sugar content.
And while we’re a little less sure about puffin jerky, Iceland’s national cuisine has been resolutely healthy since before Whole Foods Market was a slide in a PowerPoint business plan. Here, the lambs graze freely on mountains where the water’s so clean that it’s not uncommon to dip a cup in a river when you get thirsty.
So, get ready to chow down on some Nordic niceness.