Iceland Food

Many Icelandic dishes include fish and lamb. Fish is usually eaten smoked, dried, boiled, fried or baked with cheese and sour cream. Popular fish include haddock, halibut, plaice, salmon, trout, prawns and cod.

Lamb is eaten roasted or smoked. The national dish is hangikjöt, which is smoked and boiled lamb. Potatoes, usually boiled in their skins, are eaten with most meals.

Iceland has some excellent dairy dishes. One of the most popular is skyr, a skimmed milk curd that is served with cream and blueberries. Another one is súrmjólk, a thin yogurt served with brown sugar.

If you’re visiting Iceland, don’t forget to try the mouthwatering pancakes, served with whipped cream and rhubarb jam.

The traditional Icelandic breakfast is a light meal and usually consists of súrmjólk (yogurt), cereals, bread and cheese or meat and herring served with tea or coffee. Lunch is often times only a little more than breakfast and might include a soup. Dinner is usually shared with the whole family and might include soup followed by a fish or lamb dish.

Coffee is Iceland’s national drink. A social gathering among friends or business partners without coffee is unthinkable. Even in restaurants and cafés, you get a free refill if you order a cup of coffee.