As its completely surrounded by the ocean, Iceland has fresh seafood in abundance. But that’s not all to tempt your tastebuds in the world’s northernmost capital. From street eats and local dining to high-end cuisine, here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.
Fish is a mainstay in Icelandic cuisine, with cod, salmon, and haddock being most common. Try them grilled, fried, or in plokkfiskur, a type of fish stew. Lamb is another favorite, as evidenced by the many sheep you’ll see in the surrounding countryside. Only-in-Iceland dishes you should taste include skyr—a thick, creamy dairy product similar to yogurt which is eaten alone or as a dessert topping—and fermented shark, though that’s really only eaten by tourists nowadays.
Though it’s not traditional Icelandic food, the iconic Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur has been serving hot dogs to Icelanders and tourists for more than 60 years. These dogs are made from a blend of beef, lamb and pork, and are best-ordered eina með öllu (with everything), namely fried onions, brown mustard, and creamy remoulade.
- Hit the streets on a food walking tour that visits a variety of Reykjavik eateries—from restaurants to food trucks—and sample a selection of traditional dishes and street food.
- Combine a food tour with craft beer tastings at a hip bar in the Old Harbor district.
- Get exclusive insight into local Reykjavik life by having a private dinner in the home of a local artist. As you dine on traditional Icelandic dishes, you’ll learn all about the city’s creative scene.