Although traditional Icelandic food is not as popular as the natural scenery that the country has to offer. Food in Iceland are getting more and more popular due to the chefs that are improvising and adding more ingredients to the local cuisines.
Most of the local cuisines in the Scandinavia region are usually inspired by the ingredients found around them such as free-roaming sheep to herring, cod, and so on. The best thing about Icelandic foods is that they are fresh and pure and there is less focus on the GMOs and artificial ingredients.
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What to eat in Iceland?
Dried fish (Harðfiskur)
You are going to find dried fish being sold everywhere in the country. You can easily buy dried fish from the supermarket, fish markets, or souvenir shops. The fish has a sea taste and you will love when you try out different types of fish.
The food is rich in omega-3, protein, and vitamins. You can easily buy this fish as a souvenir and it is lightweight with long-shelf-life.
Skyr is a dairy product that is produced out of cheese and it tastes like yogurt. It has low fat and high protein and it is among the traditional Icelandic food that the locals have been consuming more than a thousand years ago. You can ask for your milk to be served with milk and sweet topping such as berries or varieties of fruits.
Fermented Shark is also called Hakarl and it is a national dish in the country. Although this dish is consumed by few people even amongst the locals. It is a great dish to try out if you want to experience the Icelandic food.
This is a seabird that is smoked or boiled in milk. Although the dish is not widely consumed, it is among the best food in Iceland that you can find throughout the country. The dish tastes like beef but with distinct seafood taste.
Fish stew is also known as Plokkfiskur in Iceland and a traditional Iceland dish. The stew is prepared from haddock or boiled cod that is mashed together with onions, white sauce, and potatoes. This popular dish is usually served with dark rye bread and butter.
Drinks in Iceland
This local spirit looks like unsweetened schnapps and it is the national alcoholic beverage in the country. Brennivin tastes like vodka and it is popular during the Porrablot winter festival.
This Icelandic beer has 2.25% alcoholic contents which make it light and a famous beverage drink. The beer goes well while you scout for stunning places to eat.
Where to eat in Iceland
Dill in Reykjavik
This restaurant can be found on the edge of Vatnsmyri which is the urban wetland and wild bird reserve in Reykjavik. The restaurant is among the best restaurants in the country and it promotes local food and seasonal ingredients.
Dill can be found in a Nordic House which is among the premier cultural venues in Reykjavik. This restaurant serves Nordic ingredients with a contemporary twist at lunchtime like hearty fish stew and meatballs.
The dinner menu at the restaurant changes weekly and you will find three, five, and seven-course meals available.
Feast costs: Menu 11900/13900 ISK
Great to know: supper just – booking basic – tasting menu as it were
Extra data: Private dining rooms
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
This is a great place to go if you are looking for affordable and quick snacks. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur is a harborside hotdog stand located in downtown Reykjavik and it was established since 1937. The stand sells the Icelandic version of the hot dog made with beef, pork, and lamb. If you want authentic Icelandic experience, you can try out the hot dog with eina med ollu, sweet mustard, ketchup, remoulade, and raw and fried onions.
This restaurant can be found in Stokkseyri and it is one of the best restaurants in Iceland to try out seafood. The highlight of the restaurant is the hot langoustine soup which is suitable for a chilly morning. You can also try out the Langoustine tails that is smothered in garlic butter if the soup is not your thing.
Bryggjan Cafe, Grindavik
This café can be found just 10 minutes from the Blue Lagoon. The café is situated right on the harborfront and it serves some of the delicious lobster broth that you will eat in Iceland. You should make sure you do not miss this café after visiting the Blue Lagoon.