Iceland may be known as the land of fire and ice, but when it comes to food, it’s the land of surf and turf. It’s a country of fishermen and farmers, and fresh fish and grass-fed lamb have been staples in Icelandic kitchens for centuries. The best known dishes share the hallmarks of Nordic cuisine: fresh, high-quality ingredients prepared simply. All of the classic dishes are shaped by Iceland’s isolation, weather, and culture.
A stopover in Reykjavik is the perfect way to try creative interpretations of these traditional dishes. This is what to try, as well as a few places to try them at.