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Fermented shark and the best hot dog in the world


Fermented shark and the best hot dog in the world

Icelandic food was historically little more than over processed meat and seafood that could be stored at room temperature for months. Making sure not a single part of the animal went to waste, farmers used to pickle and dry out the meat and organs of the animals while the children played with the bones.

While these old processing methods are still around today the popularity of the food decreases with each new generation. These days you will find dry fish and sheep´s head in any supermarket but searching for fermented shark might take a while longer.

In a modern Icelandic kitchen lamb meat and seafood with potatoes, vegetables and gravy on the side. Icelandic cooks do however tend to mix together food from different cultures to create something “Icelandic”. The hot dog being a great example of something that exists around the world but is done ever so slightly differently in Iceland. The result is the best hot dog in the world according to most Icelanders.

Planning a trip to Iceland can be a bit scary if you are a fickle eater and have made the mistake of Googling “Icelandic food”. These fears however are unfounded as there is a varied selection of restaurants in the Reykjavik, here you can order fresh Icelandic food cooked from global cookbooks.

If food is a passion for you then you might be interested in the increasingly popular Food and Fun festival, held in March, Food and Fun celebrates Icelandic cooking while also welcoming guest chefs from around the world.

  • Guest Review Awards 2017

  • The location is perfect

    The bed was very comfortable, the location is perfect. It was nice to receive a mobile phone with internet access for the duration of our stay, we could check google map while walking through the city. The staff was nice.

  • The front desk personnel at this hotel were amazing

    The front desk personnel at this hotel were amazing. We were only put up at this hotel on short notice by our airline when our flight got delayed, but they went above and beyond to be helpful in tracking down information on when our flight would leave. The room was wonderful, including the pack n play for our 3 year old.

  • A beautiful, luxurious and stylish option

    The hotel is next to the Sandholt Bakery, which is one of the best bakeries I’ve ever been to (and I had just spent 5 weeks in France!) where I met friends for croissants or sandwiches many times during the stay. The hotel is on one of the main streets in the midst of the action, within easy walking distance of amazing restaurants, shopping, the Hallgrímskirkja and the Harpa Concert Hall square. The Sandhotel is a beautiful, luxurious and stylish option for a stay in Reykjavik.

  • This hotel is in a great location

    This hotel is in a great location, its right on the main shopping street. You can walk around the city of Reykjavik. The hotel also gives you a cell phone that you’re able to use to look up restaurants, happy hour, and you can also use it for navigation if you’re renting a car and traveling to a site you want to see.

  • Definitely will return

    The hotel staff was AMAZING!! I would give them ten thumbs up. Definitely will return and stay here again.

  • Enjoyed every minute

    We stayed three nights in this amazing hotel and enjoyed every minute. Sometimes when entering a room, you can feel that someone has put a lot of thoughts and love in its creation and this was my exact feeling when entering the hotel and our room in particular. The room interior was fantastic. The rooms have a good size and have everything you need to feel at home in a foreign environment: a place to put your luggage, some chairs, a closet with hangers, free WIFI & a smartphone (!!), and a coffee machine with an excellent selection of coffees. The bed is extremely comfortable. The bathroom is also of well-thought size with a comfortable shower. The icing on the cake are the offered beauty products from a local Icelandic brand. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. In particular, our nightly check-in was handled perfectly. I highly recommend this place.

  • Definitely one of top 3 hotels I have stayed in

    Excellent service, impeccable design, bed and duvet were heaven! Amazing modern art everywhere, delicious & beautiful food, home made soda and atmosphere in every detail beams a beautiful philosophy of life, history, art and culture. Definitely one of top 3 hotels I have stayed in.

  • Beautiful design all over

    The breakfast was excellent, delicious and fresh. The beds were the most comfortable and the room was really nice, beautiful design all over with the Icelandic art all around the hotel. The concept is brilliant!


Tel: +354 519 8090

Laugavegur 34

101 Reykjavík


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