Unique light effects of wintertime Iceland are the inspiration for a new onboard beer from Icelandair.

The new brew is a pale ale called Snæbjört, a name referring to a word in the Icelandic language used to describe the golden glow of sunlight on snow.

The winter months in Iceland are notoriously dark, with the sun only making an appearance in the sky for four to five hours a day. For a few precious moments each day, however, the sun’s bright rays hit Iceland’s frosty landscapes, creating a unique golden-hued gleam.


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Head of Catering for Icelandair, Kristján Jóhannesson, stated: “by brewing limited edition seasonal pale ales like the Snæbjört, passengers can understand the culture of Iceland from a sip of their drink.

Winter in Iceland is notorious for its short daylight hours. This light does create an astoundingly peaceful ambience over the island, however.

Snæbjört is brewed by Boyne Brewhouse in Ireland and boasts an alcohol content of 5%, a nod to the average year-round temperature in the land of ice and fire. Snæbjört will be replacing the previous alternative in-flight beer, 737 Max IPA.

Passengers can expect a light beer brewed with Azacca, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, all of which create a sweet, moreish taste of mango, pineapple and passionfruit.

Snæbjört is not only available for all Icelandair passengers—be they travelling to European or North American destinations—but also those waiting for their flight in the Icelandair Saga lounge at Keflavík International Airport.


Have you tasted Icelandair’s new beer, Snæbjört, and if so, how did it taste? Are you planning on visiting Iceland during the winter? Make sure to check out our wide variety of winter self drive tours in Iceland.