When my father was a little boy in Vestmannaeyjar, he ate fish, for breakfast, lunch
Sundays and holidays were reserved for lamb, salted (saltkjöt), smoked and boiled (hangikjöt), or roasted, head included (svið), and the accompaniments came from a can: red cabbage (rauðkál) and green peas (grænar
Other traditional foods to try are
Today, you can still eat fish every meal of the day, but the assortment, quality, and preparation have improved tenfold. You’ll find gastropubs and upscale restaurants serving fresh catch, from traditional to totally experimental.
Iceland has lagged a bit behind Scandinavia’s rising food reputation, but recently Icelandic chefs have started winning major awards for their spin on traditional dishes. With 500+ restaurants in Reykjavik alone, there are plenty of places to sample our style of New Nordic cuisine.
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Nearly all fuel stations around the country have a grill and sell a decent, affordable burger and fries. The creamy, old-style ice cream called “
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