What To Eat In Iceland

viking boat in reykjavik harbour

Iceland is home to some pretty unique culinary delights. If you like to get authentic when you travel, there are some things you MUST try. (Also check out this list of restaurants in Reykjavik to find these delicacies) here’s a list of what to eat in Iceland.

Whale
You can have it as sashimi, or as a steak. Whaling is still practiced in Iceland, although controversial. You will most likely be served minke whale, which has a very fishy taste.

Puffin
They are darn cute, those fat little birds, but they’re also darn good. Think of ostrich, or duck, and you’ll be on the right track for this red meat fowl.

Hákarl
Putrified shark. There are no words to describe this other than to say it’s an acquired taste that few have acquired. It once made Gordon Ramsay actually vomit, and Anthony Bourdain has called it “the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing” he has ever eaten. I’m almost disappointed I didn’t try it at the restaurant near Gullfoss.

Brennivin
This high octane alcohol smells as if it was fermented in a barrel with cedar branches. It’s a raw moonshine that causes many to ‘see god’ after they have a shot.

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Greek yogurt has taken off as a trendy treat around the world, and you might expect to see this Icelandic version follow in the footsteps. It’s a thick, creamy yogurt that appears on every breakfast table.

Lamb
Icelanders are very proud of their lamb. The sheep are everywhere there is a meadow. They wander and graze in a free range style that gives the meat a much more gamier taste. It’s wonderful.

Hot dogs
How did hot dogs, or pylsur, become such a big deal in Iceland? Who knows. Easily the most popular restaurant in the country is a red hot dog shack on Reykjavik’s waterfront, and they were also found at even the most remote outpost in Snaefellsnes. The Icelandic dogs are deep fried, and served with sweet mustard and crispy onions.

THAT’S WHATE TO EAT IN ICELAND, NOW READ WHERE TO EAT IN ICELAND INCLUDING THE MOST POPULAR HOT DOG PLACE IN THE COUNTRY!

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