This local treat is not for the weak stomached. It's putrified shark, which is prepared by burying the shark for 3 months in sand then exposing it to dry in the open air for a few more months. It smells horrible but does not have much taste. I would describe is as a sea salt gummy for lack of better description.
Reykjavik restaurants are all good. They were sumptuously kitted out when the banks lent money to anyone who asked and now - well the low value of the kroner means that the prices are cheaper than the UK (except wine), and the banks can hardly take back the decor.
We paid about 11 500 ISK for a lovely meal, including wine.
Favorite Dish: Peppered minke whale steak and baked potato for ISK 2 000. (illustrated). Delicious - but I couldn't eat a whole one.
A new Icelandic website was launched in July 2012 - the Iceland local food guide.
It is aimed at tourists and locals alike. There has not been an extensive guide like this before on where to find Icelandic food. And I know that tourists and locals alike have been complaining about not being able to get traditional food while traveling in Iceland. So this guide has been long due.
Of course one can get fast food, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizzas all over the country - but try our local food as well, all kinds of fish, both fresh-water and from the ocean, rye-bread baked in hot springs, our free roaming mountain lamb, cured lamb, cured shark, fermented skate, whale meat, reindeer, puffins, waffles and pancakes, our skyr-products, Icelandic cheese etc. And you can also try our old traditional food, made with old traditional storing methods. See my local customs tips.
Þrír Frakkar hjá Úlfari offers excellent local food, whale-meat from f.ex. whalebone whale, which the chef Úlfar says is one of the healthiest meat on the market, as the whalebone whale has got no teeth and there is no mercury in their flesh. Whale-meat contains no fat, but a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids and is very tender. I used to eat it a lot when I was younger. At this restaurant you can also get guillemot (svartfugl) and salt cod. It is a very popular restaurant amongst the locals and tourists as well.
One of the restaurants offereing local food is Café Loki.
The photos I add are of restaurants in Reykjavík.
The resturant is rather like being in the turbine hall of a small power station, high ceilings and large expanse ut the seating area is probably one sixth of the area, the service was different! telling us to hang our own coats up they hovered with menus to take us to our table. They took our drinks order and our food order and we were given a one mouthful dish as a pre strter of cmoked duck, delicious. The grilled cod was in my opinion bland but my friend assured me it was delicious and the rack of lamb was to die for.
Sharing a tiramisu was definetly the right thing to do as the food was very rich and filling.
Eating here howver you dont overlook the lagoon itself but the rocks that are about ten feet tall that surround ti.
The Blue Lagoon is only a tenty minute waslk from the hotel and is very easy to find. as there really is only one road.
Favorite Dish: Rack of lamb, cooked so it was so tender but still pink in the middle and cooked well done on the outside. The vegetables and sald were fresh and tender.
They have a two course option or three course option or you can choose individually.
Dining in Reykjavik is quite expensive but this place offers fresh seafood in a no-frills setting at a reasonable price. You line up to order and may have to wait a while but the seafood, much of which is on a stick, is worth the wait. It was opened by three fishermen in a small warehouse at the port.
Favorite Dish: I had some great halibut and wanted to go back for the lobster soup but wasn't able to come back. They are known for their whale--"Moby Dick on a Stick"--but I didn't eat any whale while I was in Iceland.
The prices you should expect to pay in restaurants will be on the fairly expensive side, generally speaking. One roadside farm restaurant we stopped at for lunch in the south on the highway to Vik charged the equivalent of about CAD$15. for two small waffles, which came with a dollop of whipped cream and a spoonful of homemade jam. It was not a high-end restaurant, by any means. It seemed that at most restaurants, entrees started in the $20. range
However, you can find some deals. We stopped to browse at the IKEA store in Reykjavik, and were pleasantly surprised to find reasonable prices offered in their modern, clean, public cafeteria. I had a 10-piece meatball dinner [Kjotbollur] with potatoes for only 745 ISK, a plate of spaghetti was also 745 ISK, a slice of carrot cake [Gulrotarkaka] was 395 ISK, a mousse desert was 115 ISK and a coffee was 135 ISK.
Since we were renting a guest house and had our own fridge, we purchased groceries to make our breakfasts and most of our suppers, thereby saving a bit in our overall expenses. Kronan is just one grocery store chain that you'll find in the major cities and some larger towns, and we found that the prices were quite similar to our own stores in eastern Canada.
A bar and grill.
Sky Sports etc
A huge range of dishes, and at a great price.
And for Reykjavik, bloody good value.
Upstairs is a room for up to 50 people. We booked this for our 4 night stay. In return for 44 hungry group members, they gave us discounted drinks.
So only about £6 for a pint instead of £7 :)
Favorite Dish: Range of chicke, burgers and pasta.
The vegetarians were amazed at the range of tasty dishes
Every capital city should have a posh revolving restaurant with fabulous views - and Reykjavik is no exception. It has Perlan. It is located on a hill, on top of some huge water tanks, with views across the city.
Perlan is a 'special occasion' type restaurant, where locals go to celebrate birthdays and tourist go to enjoy fine dining Reykjavik style.
We had a romantic dinner here one night - having booked in advance a couple of weeks prior. The service was attentive and efficient and the food was delicious, though best of all was the views - we got to see all sides of the city during our meal, as the restaurant slowly revolved.
Favorite Dish: We didn't have a starter, but enjoyed tasty bread and a small complimentary appetiser. For main meal we both enjoyed the Shellfish Feast - a broth filled with delicious Icelandic shellfish, including Icelandic lobster. We enjoyed a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Alex had the Creme Brulee for dessert, washed down with loads of good coffee.
Perlan is not cheap - but it's worth enjoying a special meal every now and then - even if it is not a special occasion!
The food at Skessubrunnur is realy good. They have a very nice menu with light meals from soup and salads and also main courses like chicken, lamb and fish. They also offer a childrens menu. They are palning to introduce a biological menu, they are already serving bio juices and beer. I had a taste and was impressed with it. The surroundings are beutifaul. Nature and peace all around. The house is an old farm which they have fixed up into a restaurant. The furniture is all hand carved and have shapes of horses in them. The waiters all wear traditional Icelandic clothes. The house dates back to 1927. In the near fututre they will offer lodging I would definetly go there for a romantic get-away!
Favorite Dish: I had a 3 course menu. Lobster for starter which was realy realy good!! Then I had lamb for main course and must say that you can never go wrong when you order lamb in Iceland. For desert I had ice cream...They had good wines on the menu and a very wide range of drinks. I liked it very much. There is also no smoking alowed which I think is nice. You should deffinetly check it out...Bon apetite!
If you want to sample several dishes from one of Iceland's top chefs (named Iceland's chef of the year in 2003), splurge on the "Amazing Race" special at Karolina Cafe in downtown Akureyri. The meal consists of five fabulous courses and, considering that almost any restaurant in Iceland will set you back around $40 to $50, it is worth it to spend a little more and get a truly excellent meal.
The day we toured the attractions of the Golden Circle, we found ourselves ready for lunch after our visit to Geysir. There was a large restaurant attached to a hotel there, but we didn't want a major meal, so decided to brave the cafeteria style cafe in the car park.
Favorite Dish: There were all sorts of fast food delights on offer - from hot dogs to pizzas. We opted for a toasted ham & cheese sandwich and a hamburger, ordering at the counter and then taking a seat until our number was called out.
The food wasn't anything to write home about....but it was quick and easy, and meant we could be back on the road without too much delay.
After a visit to and perhaps a amphibious ride on the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon one may be in need of refreshment.
Well you are in luck, as there is a small cafe at the lagoon. The cafe serves coffee, sandwiches, cakes and other snacks, and is apparently renowned for its seafood soup.
We enjoyed a coffee here after our exploration of the lagoon, as did most other visitors at the time we were there.
The cafe also sells souvenirs and offers advise to tourists on other attractions in Southeast Iceland.
After you finish visiting the turf farm at Glaumbær, why not take a break at the Áskaffi tea room, just a few strides away?
Favorite Dish: Since it was mid-September and temperatures were below seasonal averages, the excellent hot chocolate really hit the spot!
We also had Icelandic crepes, stuffed with cream and rhubarb. Yummy!
This is more of a deli
but it was gorgeous
i think it was 400 we paid but there was a good choice of fillings ,
u could chose to sit down there or get take away
again the assistants spoke english, but all u really have to do is point out what u want anyway
The Bagel Company offers many different kinds of coffees and teas in addition to small pastries, sandwiches and salads all made right there in the kitchen. They even make their own spreads for your bagels
It is a nice restaurant with good food both fish and meat. And it has this great bar upstairs The Red bar.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fillet of lamb with rosemary infused lamb jus.
You can not go wrong with the Icelandic lamb.
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