Thankfully, Iceland is better known for its natural and cultural highlights as the national delicacy, rotten shark meat, Hákarl is hardly enticing – even to most locals.

Lamb is popular across the country, as is seafood, however, food is expensive.

Some local dishes include:

Harðifiskur – dried fish usually haddock or cod

Hangikjöt – smoked Lamb

Blóðmör – like a black pudding

Pylsur – like a hot dog mad eof lamb, beef or pork

Kjötsúpa – lamb soup with cabbage boosted by root vegetables and maybe oats

Pönnukökur – pancakes with Jam and sugar



Iceland has a strong café culture given coffee is such a popular drink.

The price of alcohol, as with everything in Iceland, is very high. Although beer was banned until 1989, locally produced lagers, Víking Gylltur, Thule and Egils are all popular.

Brennivin, also known as ‘Black Death’, is Iceland’s national alcoholic drink and is made from fermented potatoes and caraway seeds.

NB: the legal drinking age in Iceland is 20.



Icelandic water is very pure compared to tap water in other Western countries and tourists can drink it without fear of getting sick.