Traditional Icelandic Delicacies That You Need To Know

It feels like something is missing if you come to Iceland without knowing delicious dishes with authentic traditional recipes from this country. The uniqueness of typical food is the high-quality fish and lamb staples. Both food ingredients are always present. Don't let you miss out on dining outside restaurants. Because it must be fun.

Fish and lamb are the basis of Icelandic cuisine. In addition, these two food ingredients are very easy to find throughout the region. Traditional processing has been done for centuries. Residents usually process it with fresh boiled, salted, smoked, or dried as a food supply for winter.

Icelanders Traditional Dishes

Believe us, you must try these special dishes. You might feel the most delicious fish you've ever eaten. Even Icelanders don't eat fish when they go abroad. Not bored. But they think the taste is not the same as at home.

Fish Dishes

After arriving on land, fresh fish will generally arrive in stores in just a few hours. The texture is soft, juicy. Freshness is guaranteed. Haddock and halibut can be roasted or boiled. The taste is very delicious when only served with butter or shrimp sauce.

If you are a fan of fish dishes like salmon and trout, then you come to the right place. The fish can be served fresh or traditionally smoked using dung. Roasted hot wheat bread is a combination of thinly sliced smoked fish. You can also try herring, pickles, smoke, with a mixture of garlic and mustard sauce. Want another? You can also get roe and cod's cheeks, salmon, prawns, in fish counter.

Hval or whale meat, especially from minke whales, is commonly found as a menu for tourists. Before cooking, the oil is first extracted first by soaking it in milk. This dish can be served as steaks or medallions.

The price of this food is very expensive because the cost of whaling is also very high. Then there are also ethical issues that must be a concern that comes from the International Federation for Animal Welfare (IDAW) and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). They loudly suggested that visitors not consume whales. It is estimated that only about five percent of Iceland's population eats regularly. Whaling became controversial with its main market is the tourists.

Lamb Dishes

Ok, what about lamb? The cuisine of lamb is usually often served with red cabbage and sweet potatoes. There are various of delicious tenderly smoked. It can also be like ordinary lamb or steak.


Icelandic sheep find food naturally in their habitat. They roam freely in the mountains during the summer. They graze on wide stretches of grass that are rich in herbs. So, it makes sense that the taste is very tasty even though the price is more expensive.

Chicken and Beef Dishes

In addition to lamb and fish, in recent years chicken and beef dishes have also become increasingly popular. This is because of the many fast food outlets and oriental restaurants. The meat is also one of the most expensive in Iceland. Traditionally it is usually served with potatoes, peas and white sauce. While smoked mutton (hangikjöt) is a dish that is often served at Christmas and New Year. But, you can also find it here throughout the year.

Seabirds Dishes

Poultry dishes such as seabirds (puffin / lundi or guillemot / svartfugl) are other delicacies. Favorite dishes are smoked puffin which is combined with blueberry sauce. In the past, puffin had become a staple food that saved the poor from starvation. Although puffin has become an icon of Iceland, the people still don't hesitate to make it a food menu.

Iceland Traditional Dishes In The Present

Icelanders are terrific because they can keep their traditional dishes to date and continue to be popular from time to time. The adventurers can find authentic types of food in the midwinter þorrablót feast. Usually takes place from mid-January to mid-February. But don't worry, many items remain available throughout the year.

For Icelandic people, parties are a form of respect for the old ways to preserve food. You can come to Fjörukráin restaurant in Hafnarfjörður to try the best þorrablót menu. The place is not far from Reykjavik. To make your trip more comfortable, you can rent a car from rental companies located in Reykjavik.

You will feel like living in the Viking era. You will taste the food that you have never felt at all before. There are dishes that are washed with beer or schnapps in large quantities. Almost all parts of the lamb can be eaten. You will be surprised when you see the svið dish. This is a whole goat's head where the wool is removed by burning it and then boiled. You might imagine how if the food is served in front of you!

Slátur is a dish with its own uniqueness. Where fat, blood, guts and a little meat for sake are sprinkled on the lamb belly. This meal is not only served at mid-winter, but you can find it in Iceland's homes at any time. There are two variations of this dish which are lifrarpylsa or meaning liver sausage, but actually, it isn't, and something darker, like the seasoning Skotladia haggis called fattier blóðmör or blood pudding.

Maybe hákarl is a dish that will make you most stunned. This is a rotten shark that has been buried for three months. The texture is chewy with a sharp ammonia smell. Cut into small pieces with a cube shape and washed with brennivín. Icelanders consider eating hákarl as touching emotions in the soul. It's like surviving from a dark winter and continuing life happily.

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