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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Reykjavik

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Reykjavik

The Icelandic capital may not be known for its cuisine, but visitors with adventurous palates can eat well in Reykjavik. From fish stew to hot dogs, here are some of the city’s must-try dishes.

Fish: Given its island status and solid fishing culture, it’s no surprise that fish is a mainstay in Icelandic cuisine. Cod, salmon, and haddock are most common and typically served grilled, though you should also try plokkfiskur, a delicious traditional fish stew.

Lamb: Visit Iceland in spring or summer and you’ll be sure to see lambs roaming around the hills. They soon make their way onto Icelanders’ plates, and—given their months of grazing on Icelandic moss, wild grass, and berries—their lean meat has a distinctive, almost gamey flavor. Try it in kjötsúpa, Icelandic lamb soup.

Skyr : A thick, creamy dairy product, skyr is a sour-milk cheese easily mistaken for yogurt. Eat it like yogurt, straight from the tub, or as a dessert topping—it’s delicious over berries and high in protein.

Hot Dogs: In business for more than 60 years, the iconic Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur serves hot dogs made from a blend of beef, lamb, and pork. They’re best ordered eina með öllu (with everything), namely fried onions, brown mustard, and creamy remoulade.

Slátur : A truly traditional and hearty Icelandic food, slátur is made from sheep innards and comes in two different varieties: blóðmör (blood pudding, similar to the UK and Ireland’s black pudding) and lifrarpylsa (liver sausage, similar to Scottish haggis).

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Reykjavik Food Walk

Reykjavik Food Walk

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Discover Reykjavik’s foodie scene and sample delicious Icelandic cuisine on this walking tour. Visit a variety of Reykjavik eateries from restaurants to food trucks, and sample a selection of traditional dishes and street food favorites including Icelandic cheeses, lamb, homemade ice cream, and the famous Icelandic hot dogs. Along the way, pass by landmarks such as Hallgrimskirkja, the Harpa concert hall, and Parliament House.
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Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food

Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food

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Finding authentic places to eat can be tricky in an unfamiliar place. Take the guesswork out of your visit to Reykjavík on this guided walking tour that takes you to a multitude of eateries around the capital, including the city's oldest restaurant and a much-loved hot dog stand. In a small group of no more than 12, learn about Iceland's culinary history and traditions as you sample such dishes as Icelandic meat soup, skyr, and lobster soup.
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Private Reykjavik Food Tour

Private Reykjavik Food Tour

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Explore the local food of Reykjavik on this private walking tour. Get acquainted with the old Reykjavik city center as you travel from restaurant to restaurant trying Icelandic delicacies including fermented shark. Also learn about the history of the country and get recommendations for the rest of your stay in Reykjavik.
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  • 3 hours
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Funky Food & Beer Walk of Reykjavik

Funky Food & Beer Walk of Reykjavik

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Combine history with gastronomy on this fun-and-food-filled, small-group crawl through the capital. Discover Reykjavik’s best-known landmarks, including Parliament House, the iconic church tower of Hallgrimskirkja, and Einar Jónsson's Sculpture Garden. You’ll get a taste of nine local foods along the way, from fermented shark to lamb soup, paired with five Icelandic craft beers.
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  • 3 hours
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Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour
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Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour

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Eat and drink your way through Iceland’s capital city with this tour of Reykjavik’s many traditional bistros, breweries, and wine bars. Forget about deciding where to go or navigating Reykjavik’s cobbled streets, your tour guide will lead the way while keeping your belly and glass full. Stops at museums, historic squares, and artisan shops add a touch of history and culture to the experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Cook and Dine Icelandic Cooking Class Gourmet Lunch or Dinner
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Cook and Dine Icelandic Cooking Class Gourmet Lunch or Dinner

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This cooking class offers a richer experience of Iceland than most guided tours. Immerse yourself into Icelandic cuisine, tradition, and food culture while, under the supervision of a chef, you prepare a three-course lunch or dinner with fresh, local ingredients. While you are preparing your meal, sample local specialties such as home made Icelandic rye bread, dung smoked Arctic char, and dried Atlantic wolffish, then sit down to enjoy your creation accompanied by a glass of wine.
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