A Sunny Day In Reykjavík

Ocean eggs


The Kolaport market is an anomaly. In contrast with Reykjavík’s chic design stores and sanitised tourist shops, Kolaportið is eccentric and jumbled, a hoarder’s heaven piled high with a fascinating blend of junk and oddities (mostly junk). Like most markets, there are also treasures to be found: vintage clothes, jewellery, books, antiques and, of course, lopapeysur galore.

The most interesting part, however, is the food section. There, you can find traditional local produce such as graflax and dried fish (which is far tastier than you’d think) as well as more controversial fare such as horse meat, whale meat, and the infamous hákarl (rotting shark).

Usually we buy some smoked salmon or baked goods, but this time Mimi had her eyes on something else:

The blue eggs at the top of the picture come from a species of auk known as svartfugl (literally: “black bird”), a sea bird found off the coast of Iceland. The birds themselves are occasionally eaten too. (They’re not a threatened species, in case you were wondering.)

We bought three eggs and took them home. I pierced both ends and blew out the contents so that we could keep the pretty shells.

Auk eggs are large, roughly equivalent in volume to 2-3 chicken eggs, and the yolks are a deep reddish-orange. I cooked them in a simple omelette for Mimi and the man of the house.


The cooked eggs had a fishy/ocean smell, so I expected Mimi to recoil at the taste. To my surprise, she ate them with enthusiasm, so much so that we went back and bought more the following week. My partner tried them too and said they were okay but a bit dry and rubbery. I have to confess that although I’m generally an adventurous eater, I didn’t try any myself. Eggs are one of the few foods I really dislike, and the ocean “fragrance” did little to sweeten the deal.

The eggshells are so beautiful, in shades varying from white to pale blue to deep turquoise. I’ve been obsessed with these shades for a while now. They remind me of the ocean and swimming pools and other pretty things.

I’d like to incorporate them into a design somehow. The challenge is to illustrate blue eggs in a way that doesn’t end up looking like an Easter card. I’ll give it some thought and see what I come up with!

Author: Sarah @ ASunnyDayInReykjavik

I’m an Australian woman living in Iceland with my partner and two daughters “Mimi” and “Ellie”. I blog about knitting, art, parenting and my life in Reykjavík.

12 thoughts on “Ocean eggs

  1. these are amazing, delicate pieces of artwork! thanks so much for sharing them. Maybe try an ink drawing with a coloured wash? It would keep their graphic edge.


  2. These are amazing ! Thanks for sharing


  3. I never knew there were such things as naturally pretty eggs! Thank you for sharing! ;-)


  4. Just by seeing the first pictures I didn’t expect the eggs being as big as Raven needs both hands to hold just one egg.


  5. Hi Sarah
    where can I buy these eggs.
    I am from Netherlands.
    Would they like to buy empty, i collect eggs

    Would love to hear from you if it is possible to make a number of eggs to order through you and sending them to Netherlands.

    i will pay you for it


    André de Graaf


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  7. I like the variety of the Auk eggs, Looks like collector items. Are they sellable empty, if possible i woud like to buy a few eggs.

    Regards Johan


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