Icelandic Food: Fun Facts You Never Knew

Icelandic food is a delightful blend of flavors and traditions, heavily influenced by neighboring cultures yet maintaining its own distinctive native touch.

Quick History of Icelandic Cusine

It all started with the Vikings, who brought along their traditional diets of fish, lamb, and dairy products to the land of ice and fire.  As Iceland was an isolated island, they had to rely on these local resources to survive.

Iceland Comfort Food: Meat Stew

One of Iceland’s most popular comfort foods is a delightful meat stew called “Kjötsúpa.”  This cozy dish includes lamb, potatoes, carrots, and other root vegetables.

Icelandic Whale Meat: Minke Whale

The meat is often served in fine-dining restaurants and can be found in Icelandic fish stews. While not a staple food for the Icelandic people, it’s an interesting part of their culinary landscape.

Not Very Popular: Horse Meat

Horse meat has been part of Iceland’s traditional cuisine since the medieval era.  Although it’s no longer seen as a staple food, horse meat is still available at some restaurants and butcher shops.

Icelandic Fish:  Arctic Char and More

A cold-water fish closely related to salmon and trout.  Rich in flavor and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, Arctic Char is versatile and can be found in many traditional dishes like fish stew (Plokkfiskur).

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