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.