Iceland is well-known for its breathtaking views and unrivaled national pride (as we saw in Euro 2016), but what about the country’s cuisine? Here are some of Iceland’s best dishes and drinks that every tourist must try at least once!
For over a thousand years, this tangy yogurt-like treat has been a staple in Icelanders’ diets. Skyr is often served at breakfast with milk and a topping of sugar and sometimes even for dessert! You can find skyr, including the popular Icelandic brand, Icelandic Provisions, in supermarkets across the United States. Click here to find a store near you!
Harðfiskur is made from wind-dried fish, most commonly cod or haddock. Everything’s better with butter, which is why Icelanders like to top this delicious meal with lots of it. With fish from the leading international seafood company Icelandic Group, you will never be disappointed. Walk into any supermarket in Iceland and pick up some harðfiskur, which is usually packaged in colorful paper that includes comics!
Plokkfiskur is a fish stew that consists of boiled fresh cod or haddock filets, mashed together with potatoes and a roux-based white sauce. This delicious Icelandic comfort food is served with rye bread and butter. Local families are known to have their own variations, but no matter how it’s prepared, plokkfiskur will always hit the spot.
There is no better way to wash down your Icelandic meal than with the Brennivin, Iceland’s signature aquavit. Brennivin is made from Icelandic spring water and spiced with caraway seeds. Although it’s usually served over ice, people are always experimenting with Iceland’s renowned spirit. Brennivin is available in North America at the stores listed here!
This award-winning Icelandic vodka is made from arctic spring water that runs through a 4,000 year old lava field. The lava rocks naturally filter the water, which makes it some of the purest vodka in the world. Reyka’s distillery is powered by geothermal energy from nearby volcanoes, so it’s truly one-of-a-kind! Not visiting Iceland anytime soon? No problem – try Reyka at home with these autumn-inspired recipes!
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