While you may never have heard of many of them, Iceland has some very unique traditional cuisine. Only a few have managed to make it out of the country to the rest of the world, so be sure to try as much as you can to get a taste of Iceland.
Skyr – Probably Iceland’s most famous export, this simple milkbased dessert or snack, similar to quark, is a delicious and filling staple for most Icelanders. It comes in a variety of flavours and styles and is available widely.
Fish – Reykjavik’s character is built on the sea, so there are fish dishes galore. It can be had very fresh in a variety of styles. Popular varieties are cod, plaice and haddock.
Hákarl – An infamous dish of putrefied shark, this is not for the fainthearted due to its stench and intense flavour. Only for the brave.
Puffin – It might be difficult to stomach eating this cute little bird, but the meat is a true delicacy in Iceland. Dark meat with a delicious rich game flavour.
Snúður – A very Icelandic pastry akin to a cinnamon roll. Eat one with a hot coffee for maximum enjoyment.
Brennivín – A local schnapps, powerful and sharp. An excellent accompaniment to Hákarl.