Icelandic Traditional Dishes



Iceland is a good place to try some special food. Although to can try the same type of food, like hotdogs, the taste is going to be different to the ones to tried before. If you try the famous hot dog in Reykjavik, you will understand what we are talking about. This hot dog called the Icelandic hot dog is a mixture of pork, lamb and beef. This can sound weird, but these three types of meat are the most typical in Iceland.

Iceland hot dog

If you are looking for something more hardcore Iceland, we recommend you the next typical dishes.

The first one is fermented shark; the traditional way of fermenting a shark is to bury it in the ground and then urinating on it before letting it ferment for months. Fortunately, now the method has changed.  This is best served with Brennivín snaps

Iceland shark

Another way to try fish is the typical dried fish jerky, its crunchy and people eat it like a snack. Its easy to find it in supermarkets beside the sheeps head, another classic Icelandic dish. The dryed fish is best serverd with Icelandic butter on top.... mmmm. Full of protein and nutritions.

Iceland Harðfiskur - Dryed fish

The blood pudding and liver sausage. These ones are similar to the Scottish haggis or the Spanish morcilla.  Served either with bechamel sauce or put on bread, this delicatesse is the finest, according to locals.

Slátur - Icelandic blood pudding

And the last suggestion for the most adventurous is the Sour Ram's Testicles, which the locals prepare in a lot of different ways.  From mid January every year the "Þorra" season starts.  Here the locals go wild over sour food but the tradition started in the Viking era to honor the gods.  In the late 60´it became more and more popular with the locals and today you can really smell the city that time of year :)

Iceland Rams testicles