Iceland is famous for its natural and dramatic beauty. It has almost everything your imagination can picture of an Iceland—cascading waterfalls to jagged mountain cliffs. These dazzling and colourful auroras illuminate the sky, and the icy glaciers flanked by black sand beaches and rugged lava rocks.
It is one great place to have a vacation when you are up for it. While many people would love to go to Iceland and have a great time, they lack the necessary education on Icelandic foods that are great and would keep the trip on the unforgettable trip list. Like its fellow Scandinavian neighbours, the traditional cuisine of the Iceland people is from their immediate surroundings.
They get their foods from sheep, cod, herring, and char fished from their cold waters. Their food is majorly natural, which implies fresh and healthy. Their table lacks the extreme elegance you will find in other countries. It is simple and elegant. Cooking is an art—many chefs are beginning to get creative with these simple ingredients.
Are you going to Iceland? Do you need travel advice on the food you should eat? Well, check out some top Icelandic food you must try when you get there.
- Skyr: known as the Icelandic yoghurt
Skyr has been part of the Icelandic cuisine for over a thousand years. It is a cultured dairy product with the consistency of yoghurt—similar to the Greek yoghurt but has a milder flavour. Skyr is eaten with milk and fruit or berries. You can also use it in smoothies, ice cream, and skyrkaka, an alternative to cheesecakes.
- Slow roasted lamb
Icelandic sheep are free-roaming, and their diet is a natural one. They feed on grass, sedge, moss campion, and berries. They are one of the purest breeds globally having grazed on the Icelandic hills since they were brought there by the first settlers in the 9th century.
- Hakarl: fermented shark
In Hakarl, you cure the shark meat with a particular fermenting process, and then you hang it outside for a period that spans five to six months. Harkarl has a powerful ammonia smell and a fishy taste. It is not regarded as one of Iceland’s finest as many think it gross, but as one of Iceland’s traditional meal, you should try it when you visit. Pinch your nostrils when you take the first bite as a first-timer as the smell is powerful, then follow it up with a gulp of the local spirit, Brennivin.
- Icelandic Lamb soup: Kjotsupa
This rich and tasty soup is perfect for a long, dark winter day. Different recipes are typical to each family, but it is basically prepared from lamb shoulder, potatoes, rutabagas, and carrots. You can also add leeks, onions, dried herbs, salt, and pepper.
There are so many foods to try in Iceland. There is the famous Rugbrauo—dark rye bread made from a hot spring and the Icelandic fish—there are about 340 different fish species in Iceland waters. The Icelandic hot dog, Snudur, and Kleina are also foods you must make sure to try when you visit Iceland.