September 5, 2018

What Do People Eat in Iceland?

Are you planning on taking a trip to Iceland? If so, you’re in for a real treat.  I was there this June for 10 amazing days that I will never forget!  I was fortunate enough to explore many nooks and crannies of Iceland, in addition to taking in their culinary scene.  And what a scene it was!  Today I’m happy to share with you what people eat in Iceland.

What is the Food Like in Iceland?

The first food to try is any variety of Icelandic fish. Like any Scandinavian country, Iceland also boasts a lot of great fish and fish flavored dishes. There are around 340 or more different species of saltwater fish that have been Dried Fish in Icelandfound in Iceland. And some of the most common ones are catfish, capelin, cod, dealfish, haddock, halibut, mackerel, monkfish, Pollock, Greenland shark and lumpfish. There’s also a lot of kinds of salmon. The most popular are Arctic char, Atlantic salmon and brown trout. Ideally, you should try out as many as you can they’re cooked, baked, grilled and fried to perfection. We promise, your taste buds will thank you!

Another delicacy to try is the famous Icelandic hot dog. Even though it sounds like a common food you can find anywhere, the hot dog in Iceland is completely different and is guaranteed to blow your mind. The most popular restaurant to go for hot dogs is Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, where you may find a long line of customers waiting to eat the food. What’s more, these hot dogs are affordable so you can eat away as much as you want.

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Once you’re done trying out the hot dogs, you should head over and pick up some rugbrauo. This is dark rye bread which is baked using traditional methods. It’s baked in a special pot or can even be steamed in wooden casks. These are buried near hot springs which help the bread to bake faster. This bread is truly a delight! It doesn’t have a crust, it is dense and has a rich, sweet flavor you will just love. It’s usually great when eaten with fresh butter, pickled herring, cheese or other dishes. You can also just eat it with nothing on the side, So make sure to try out the bread when you visit Iceland.

Another food that should be on your bucket list is harofiskur, or dried fish. This fish is eaten in large numbers by locals who cannot get enough! It is often also eaten as an alternative to popcorn because locals may eat it while watching a movie. It’s also thought to be a much healthier alternative to crisps or other greasy processed snacks. It’s made from cod or haddock and is dried in the cold North Atlantic air. You must try this delicacy. It is also considered to be a high protein snack but when you try it, you can add lots of butter. After all, it’s not like you’ll visit Iceland every day!

If the thought of eating a mainly fish diet scares you, don’t worry – they serve horse tenderloin!  Yes, I swear to you, it’s the most delicious food you will ever consume.  Think of it as a leaner ribeye.  I had one that was perfectly cooked (rare) and it was something I’ll never forget.  At $80, it was pricey, but worth every dime.  Of course, if you are in the main city of Reykjavik, you can also find some Vietnamese Pho, as well as sushi and American cuisine.

There are many other foods you can try but the ones we have listed above are the absolute must-tries!


T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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