While driving outside of Þingeyri, we stopped at a cluster of lightly colored drying shacks along the coast. We were lucky enough to find Ragnar drying Icelandic catfish – not the whiskery bottom feeders but a long ocean dweller with intensely strong jaws. He happily told us that he has already caught over 110,000 lbs of catfish this season. After a few weeks of air drying, the fish will harden and become harðfiskur which Ragnar will sell to the local supermarket chain. A traditional model of keeping it local.
By Audrey Sherman.