There are a few classic mainstays of Icelandic food; the most well-known probably include lamb, skyr, potatoes, meat soup, fish, and other indigenous seafood (in the bountiful Icelandic waters you can find cod, haddock, monkfish, salmon, lobster, and much more). But there are so many unique and delicious Icelandic dishes that go beyond these staple foods, and many Icelandic chefs are dedicated to using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Here we will discuss some of Iceland’s most appetizing and surprising traditional dishes, from Hákarl (fermented shark meat) to Rúgbrauð (rye bread), which is often cooked underground from geothermal hot springs!
Reykjavík is so crammed full with exciting cultural adventures and opportunities that the idea of sitting quietly in a coffee shop might sound a bit strange. However, we definitely recommend that you indulge in the laid-back Icelandic pastime of sipping a delicious latte while chatting about any number of topics with friends and locals. There are no Starbucks in Iceland – only local shops that lovingly brew their selection of high-quality coffees from Nicaragua and back to the Arctic north. Here we have listed some of the most stylish, atmospheric, and high quality coffee houses in Reykjavík.
Reykjavík is a wonderful place to be for the adventurous foodie or culinary tourist. You can get everything from authentic, traditional Icelandic cuisine to classic fish and chips to Italian-inspired, open wood-fired pizza dishes. You can be sure that Icelandic chefs passionately take advantage of the island’s local seafood, wild game, and bountiful produce, making for many unique and creative culinary dishes. Eating out in Reykjavík can, of course, be a bit expensive, and we want to make sure you get the best out of your dining experience. So here you will find our top five restaurant picks in Iceland’s capital city for 2017!
As you well know, Iceland is an island nation, surrounded by sparkling Arctic seawater and filled with dazzling freshwater rivers, waterfalls, and hot springs. It would be fair for you to expect Icelandic cuisine to be characterized by some exceptional-quality seafood – and you’d be right! There is a huge abundance of unique and delicious traditional seafood dishes that take advantage of Iceland’s abundant waters, as well as some world-class seafood restaurants. Some delicacies may seem odd or intimidating, so we have pulled together this guide to Icelandic fish dishes so you can confidently know what you’re ordering. You’ll also find our top seafood restaurant picks in and outside Reykjavík, from the high-end affairs to more price-conscious locations.