Icelandic delights: A journey through the unique and flavourful cuisine from the land of fire and ice

ByAndrea Thompson

May 9, 2024

Iceland, with its unique culinary traditions and pristine natural ingredients, offers a delightful array of flavours, our list of foods you must try whilst there.

Icelandic Hot Dog (Pylsur):

  • Why: Icelanders love their hot dogs! The iconic “one with everything” hot dog is a blend of beef, lamb, and pork. Toppings include crunchy deep-fried onions, raw onions, brown mustard, creamy remoulade, and ketchup.
  • Try: The famous hot dog stand, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, in Reykjavík.

Skyr:

  • Why: Skyr is a thick and creamy dairy product similar to Greek yogurt. It’s been part of Icelandic cuisine for over a thousand years. High in protein, low in calories, and fat, it’s a Viking secret for strength.
  • Try: Enjoy it with milk, fruit, or berries, or try it in smoothies and ice cream.

Slow-Roasted Lamb:

  • Try: Icelandic sheep, grazing freely on hills and produce exceptional lamb. This pure breed has been part of Iceland’s landscape since the 9th century and served slow roasted all over Iceland.

Icelandic Meat Soup (Kjötsúpa):

  • Try: A hearty soup made with lamb or beef, root vegetables, and herbs. Perfect for cold days.

Icelandic Traditional Bread (Rúgbrauð, Flatkaka, Laufabrauð):

  • Try: These bread varieties have deep cultural roots. Rúgbrauð, a dense, sweet rye bread. Flatkaka, a thin, soft bread, and Laufabrauð, a crispy, patterned Christmas bread.

Fermented Shark (Hákarl):

  • Why: A traditional dish made from Greenland shark. It’s an acquired taste due to its strong ammonia smell.
  • Try: Brave the challenge if you’re feeling adventurous.

Dried Fish (Hard Fish):

  • Why: Dried fish is a traditional snack. It’s a great source of protein and has a unique texture.

Icelandic Fish (Various Types):

  • Try: With abundant cod, haddock, salmon and many more fish in Icelandic waters, together with seafood are a must-try.

Remember, exploring Icelandic cuisine is not just about flavours—it’s a journey through history and culture. Verði þér að góðu (Enjoy your meal)!