, ,

Eat like an Icelander: 9 Icelandic food to try

It’s yummy time again! In this post, I’m gonna introduce you delicious Icelandic food that I tried during my trip. Iceland is famous for being extremely expensive, but it cannot stop us from trying its specialties, right? Let’s see what I discovered!

 

1.Skyr

I first knew about the name “Skyr” while I was on the plane to Iceland. It was a long 3.5 hours fly from Copenhagen to Keflavík, so I started reading the magazine that WOW air provided. (Note: WOW air provides cheapest flights to Iceland, read more at: How to find cheap flights?)

Skyr first caught my eyes with its appealing flavors with different choices from plain, strawberry, blueberry, mango, etc., as well as its amazing benefit. Not only contains high protein, Skyr is FAT-FREE!

How does it taste?

Skyr tastes quite similar to yogurt, but it has a thicker form. I prefer the one with mix flavor of blueberry and raspberry! It’s super tasty and healthy.

How can we eat Skyr?

Skyr is often served with milk, but trying it alone is also tasty. Skyr is popular in Nordic countries, so you can buy one in Danish supermarkets as well. You can read more about Skyr here.

Skyr – a healthy product from Iceland

2. Dried fish – Harðfiskur

During my road trip in Iceland, I noticed that dried fish is sold every where. You can either find it at the supermarket, or souvenir shop, or fish markets.

I tried it once at the flea market, and still remember the taste until now. I could feel the freshness of the sea with a bit salty, and I totally enjoyed the tastiness from different types of fish. Not only rich omega-3, dried fish products have lot vitamins and protein. You can surely buy it as a perfect souvenir thanks to its healthiness, lightweight and long-shelf-life.

This is at the flea market – Kolaportid. Credit: Ásta Karen Ólafs

Do you want to try it? – Credit: Ásta Karen Ólafs

3. Icelandic meat soup – Kjötsúpa

Having a hot bowl of soup when it’s cold outside is the best, isn’t it? Meat soup is one of the traditional dishes of Iceland, and every restaurant offers this meal. With the tasty flavor from the broth made of the root veggies – potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, and lamb, Kjötsúpa comforted and warmed me up.

4. Smoked lamb – Hangikjöt

Don’t forget to try smoked lamb when you visit Iceland. Although smoked lamb is a traditional Icelandic dish which is usually severed on Christmas day, you can still find it in many restaurants.

5. Flatbread – Flatkökur

Yet another food to try on this list is flatbread, which is made of the mixture of rye flour and whole wheat flour. It is usually served with some butter and a slice of smoked lamb, or smoked salmon. I tried the one with smoked lamb, and that combination was totally delicious!

A nice Icelandic meal with smoked lamb on flatbread and meat soup.

I had this meal at Loki café, which is a nice restaurant served Icelandic traditional food with a beautiful view. The decoration was very unique and the service was good too! I totally recommend this place.

It is located opposite the cathedral

A nice view from the café

Stunning decoration at Loki café

6. Icelandic hot dog

There is a very famous hot dog chain in the heart of Iceland, Reykjavik named Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, which means “The best in town”. It has operated since 1937, and famous for its lamb sausages. Many famous people have visited this stand, including Bill Clinton (2004). This place is selected as the best hot dog stand in Europe as well.

 

7. Icelandic bakery (Kleina)

Have you ever wondered how people have breakfast in Iceland? It’s very common to get some bread (Kleina), and drink cocoa milk! This was what I had with my friend in Iceland 🙂

A delicious breakfast!

8. Liquorice candy

Liquorice candy is so popular in Nordic countries, and Iceland is not an exception. There are various candy stores in Reykjavik, Iceland with different flavors. I think the taste is quite weird, but many people love it, so try it!

There are so many flavors to choose!

9. Shark meat

When I was walking around the flea market, one seller offered me to try shark meat. It was quite salty, and the taste stayed long inside my throat. Although I don’t support or encourage eating shark, trying it was one way to understand more about Icelandic food and culture.

This is also at Kolaportid, Reykjavik – Credit: Ásta Karen Ólafs

Do you dare to try? – Credit: Ásta Karen Ólafs

Do you want to try any of these? Let me know your ideas in the comment!


Do you enjoy reading?

30 replies
  1. Punita
    Punita says:

    Interesting to see that basically, many foods are common across countries, with minor variations in ingredients according to local availability. Of course, they are named so differently. Like the meat soup, for instance…you find that all over the world. By the way, why does that sign say ‘rotten shark meat’?

    Reply
    • Ha Truong
      Ha Truong says:

      It’s always interesting to try different foods around the world. “Rotten shark meat” is the name of Icelandic shark meat (Hákarl). The meat is rotten, fermented and dried delicacy 🙂

      Reply
  2. Abigail Sinsona
    Abigail Sinsona says:

    I just recently watched a show on Travel Channel about Iceland. They did mention about Skyr, like the Icelandic version of yoghurt. If I get to travel to Iceland someday, I will give it a try. It looks like a must-try since you’ve listed it here too!

    Reply
  3. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    As much as I loved visiting Iceland, I wasn’t so in love with the food! It’s so funny because I went to that same cafe, Cafe Loki, right opposite the church! I did enjoy the lamb soup, but like you said, only because it was so cold there! Thanks for bringing back good memories!

    Reply
  4. Tania Mukherjee
    Tania Mukherjee says:

    I read your post with keen interest. I have only heard about shark meat and Icelandic hotdog. I live in a tropical country and so anything which is totally different from my country interests me! I am confident that skyr would please me. Dried fish sounds intriguing, I have always ate fried fish, would love to taste dried fish someday!

    Reply
  5. aareeba
    aareeba says:

    Iceland has been my dream place since childhood but couldn’t get a chance to visit it . I wish I can visit it in next couple years and try this amazing food . Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply
  6. Deni
    Deni says:

    Iceland is very high on my bucketlist, but after reading this I’m a bit concerned about what I can try of Icelandic food. I’m gluten and dairy intolerant and vegetarian, so finding food to eat might be quite difficult for me. It seems like there is a lot of sea food options, so if I ever travel with non-veggie friends, I’m sure they’ll have lots to try!

    Reply
    • Ha Truong
      Ha Truong says:

      I must say that people eat lots of meat in the North overall, and Iceland was a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, so the habit of eating is pretty similar. However, I’m sure that you can find veggie foods there as well!

      Reply
  7. Swati Jain
    Swati Jain says:

    trying the local food is the best way to get the feel of a place. Whenever I travel, I make sure to get my hands on the local food or try the speciality of the place at least. This is wonderful post on icelandic food

    Reply
  8. Jessica Lam
    Jessica Lam says:

    I just got back from Iceland last week and I tried everything here except meat soup and liquorice! Cafe Loki was sooo good, I definitely want to try their rye bread ice cream next time I’m there! And the rotten shark is definitely an interesting dish that I’ll never want to eat again lol. It was fun trying it though!

    Reply
  9. Katherine
    Katherine says:

    There were a few familiar things in your post but lots that I’d never heard of before. I didn’t really think of shark as something to eat, but it seems interesting. I want to try the lamb soup and skyr one day. I’m not sure about the dried fish though.

    Reply
  10. Vibeke
    Vibeke says:

    Even though Iceland is close to Norway there are some differences when it comes to food, but I am very familiar with Skyr as they sell that in Norway too. Not so fan of Dry fish, smells awful xD I think I would be skeptical to shark meat. Huge fan of licorice candy 😀 Thanks for the fun post 😀

    Reply
  11. Kavey Favelle
    Kavey Favelle says:

    We spent a couple of weeks in Iceland a few years back and also loved exploring all the food, so many people had tried to tell me it was just puffin meat and rotten shark but of course there are many delicious treats to enjoy. I didn’t fall for the liquorice though!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *