What I’ll eat next time I’m in Iceland …

On my first visit to Iceland in 2015 I really didn’t know much about Icelandic cuisine: the only food I was particularly curious about was the Icelandic hot dogs I kept hearing about. But my obsession with all things Iceland has meant that ever since I returned from my Iceland trip, I can’t stop learning more about the place, ready for my inevitable return. And next trip I have a much longer list of Icelandic foods and drinks I want to track down and taste.

Meals beyond Icelandic hot dogs

When I return to Iceland, I will definitely eat more Icelandic hot dogs, don’t you worry. They’re a very special mix of deliciousness and you can see the cheeky smile below that reassures you how delicious they are. He had three at that one meal!

Icelandic hot dogs in Reykjavik with kids

My son enjoying his second Icelandic hot dog in Reykjavik

But there are a bunch of other typically Icelandic foods that I didn’t try first time round, out of a combination of ignorance, being on a low budget, and doing a lot of self-catering in Airbnbs. But obviously a small country surrounded by water has a whole lot of interesting seafood traditions, and I want to eat them. And these include:

  • Saltfiskur – a special salted cod fish, which is apparently all on trend again at the moment (that’s enough to intrigue me)
  • Plokkfiskur – which seems to be best translated as an Icelandic fish stew, and includes lots of mashed potato (yum).
  • Hardfiskur – well, another kind of fish of course, a dried version, and some people say it’s kind of like a fish jerky – but you eat it spread with butter. I’m curious.

There are other Icelandic traditional meals I can’t quite wrap my brain around like whale meat and puffin meat (especially don’t tell my son about the puffin thing!) but I’m sure that there will be others of you who want to try these.

Icelandic treats (beyond the chocolate)

I was as surprised as anyone to discover that Icelandic chocolate was pretty good – I’d never thought it could be up there with Belgian and Swiss! They also are smart enough to put it in tourist-friendly packaging and I could never stop myself from buying another block if the wrapping depicted yet another amazing landscape we’d just experienced!

Icelandic chocolate with Kirkjufell Mountain on the wrapper

Tasty Icelandic chocolate with the beautiful Kirkjufell Mountain on the wrapper

But, of course, there are all these other delicious sweets to eat in Iceland:

  • Mondlukaka – almond cake (can’t believe I didn’t find this the first time – yum!)
  • Vinarterta – a layered sweet made of shortbread and plum jam – I have a hunch I did try this at a little roadside bakery on my very first day in Iceland, but being a bit jet-lagged that day makes me unsure
  • Skyr – I did eat plenty of skyr, and even eat it too, but I include it here because I need to have more. It was delicious. I’ve also just learnt it’s actually a soft cheese and not a yoghurt – you could have fooled me! But it’s particularly tasty and also really nutritious, so stock up on skyr!

Drinking some Icelandic drinks

The only proper Icelandic drink I tried was skyr drykkur – “drinkable skyr” – and that was by mistake, thinking I’d just bought skyr. It was ridiculously delicious though and we continued to make that mistake (intentionally) for the rest of the trip.

Drinkable skyr - skyr drykkur - in Iceland

Easy mistake? I had skyr drykkur instead of regular skyr. A happy error!

But next time I also want to try:

  • Malt og Appelsin – a Christmas drink blending malt extract and orange soda
  • Reyka – in small doses, anyway, because it sounds like a pretty strong spirit, kind of the Icelandic vodka, but it’s vanilla-flavoured so I like the sound of it

All of these foods and drinks and a whole lot more are in the infographic below, so study that if you’re wanting to know even more about what to eat and drink in Iceland. Since there is no Icelandic restaurant around the corner here in Perth, all this talk of it has made me really consider just when I can hop on a plane and get back to Iceland itself!

 

A Taste of Iceland Infographic

A Taste of Iceland is a graphic produced by dealchecker.co.uk

Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    Love this post! Maybe someone should open an Icelandic restaurant in Perth!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 when are you heading back there?

    • Thanks Michelle! Yes, an Icelandic restaurant in Perth, that would be amazing! No tickets booked yet but determined to get there again in the next couple of years, an autumn/spring trip this time rather than high summer so I can have some chance of spotting the northern lights.

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