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Traditional Icelandic Food

Mar, 15 | |

Traditional Icelandic Food

Are you planning a trip to Iceland? There are several age-old food transitions in Iceland that’s worth trying out. Most of the Icelandic traditional food is based on two exquisite ingredients – lamb and fish – that are readily available in several markets and stores today. There are many different restaurants serving up these transitional food in a more unique way. When in Iceland for a vacation or a business trip, you should try out some of these national specialties. Here is a list of delectable traditional Icelandic food worth trying out

Hangikjöt – Smoked lamb

Hangikjöt, smoked Icelandic lambs, is one of the best traditional foods in Iceland. Hangikjöt is well known to be good due to the way these sheep are farmed. The sheep are allowed to roam freely without any supervision around the untouched wilderness in the country. They graze on plants and herbs which makes them tastier and healthier for consumption. Hangikjöt can be served either cold or hot, depending on your preference alongside green peas, red beets, béchamel sauce and potatoes. This food is a favorite among the locals.

Harðfiskur – Dried fish

Harðfiskur is an awesome type of traditional Icelandic food. Fish is the major ingredients used in preparing this lovely food. The fish is dried out in the cold air which helps in the fermentation process. One can sample Harðfiskur direct from the package. To make this snack food tastier, add a little butter.

Svið – Singed sheep heads

Svið, Singed sheep heads, is usually boiled in well-salted water for about 2 hours. It can be served either hot or cold, with mashed potatoes or plain boiled potatoes. It is one of the popular dishes in Iceland and perfect for lunch.


Slátur is a traditional food in Iceland, mostly eaten during mid-winter feasts in the months of September and October annually. Slátur comes in two variety – lifrarpylsa (liver pudding) and blóðmör (blood pudding). Blóðmör is a mixture of sheep’s blood, meal, spices and suet, sown up in sheep’s stomachs. It is more like Scottish haggis without the spice. Lifrarpylsa, on the other hand, is a bit similar, but the only difference is that lamb liver is used in place of sheep’s blood. Slátur can be served with mashed swede turnips or creamed potatoes. This dish is available in major outlets across the country. It is a favorite food eaten on a regular basis in Icelandic homes.

Kjötsúpa (Meat soup)

Kjötsúpa (Meat soup) is a traditional lamb dish in Iceland worth sampling. It is prepared with high quality meat sliced into smaller pieces and mixed with bones. This dish can be served alongside potatoes, carrots, rice and herbs. Kjötsúpa is allowed to boil for several hours, before it can be served. This meat soup becomes tastier if left to sit 24 hours after preparation, but before serving make sure you re-heat it.

If you would like to experience Iceland’s unique culture, try out some of these traditional Icelandic food. Iceland is a place that caters for all in a traditional way, including food enthusiasts.

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