Food you should try

Food you need to try in Iceland

  1. Skyr


Skyr is an Icelandic cultured dairy product. It has the consistency of strained yogurt but a much milder flavor. It has been a part of Icelandic cuisine for over a thousand years.[1] It is traditionally served cold with milk and a topping of sugar.

2. Barbecued horse steak

Barbequed horse steak

3. Puffin (Lundi)

Lundi – Puffin

The puffin meat is usually smoked to taste almost pastrami-esque

4. Icelandic hot dogs (pylsur)

Icelandic hot dogs (pylsur)

5. Caramelised potatoes

Caramelised potatoes

6. Kleina – diamond-shaped pastry

Kleina – diamond-shaped pastry

7. Freshly carved glacier ice

Freshly carved glacier ice

Purest water in the world? Worth trying!

8. Fermented Shark (hákarl)

Fermented Shark (hákarl in Icelandic)

Don’t try this at home! Only for reeeaally brave ones! 

Kæstur hákarl is a national dish of Iceland consisting of a Greenland shark or other sleeper shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for four to five months. Kæstur hákarl has a strong ammonia-rich smell and fishy taste.

9. Reindeer meatballs


Reindeer meatballs

10. Flatkökur


Flatkökur is an Icelandic unleavened rye flatbread

11. Svið


Svið is a traditional Icelandic dish consisting of a sheep’s head cut in half, singed to remove the fur, and boiled with the brain removed

12. Rugbrauð – icelandic rye bread

Rugbrauð – icelandic rye bread

13. Humar súpa

Humar súpa

Lobster cream with fried lobster tails and a pinch of anise

14. Icelandic Kleinur


Icelandic Kleinur

Icelandic “twisted” donut

15. Humarpizza – Lobster tale pizza


16. Slátur


Icelandic food made from the innards of sheep

17. Harðfiskur


Icelandic dried fish with butter.

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