Traditional Reykjavík Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Reykjavík is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Reykjavík to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Carpaccio: thinly cut raw meat.
- Fish Pâté: pate made from ground fish mixed with eggs, cream and others.
- Fiskibollur: traditional Icelandic fish balls.
- Flatkaka: flat cake or flat bread.
- Gravlax: a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill.
- Höfðingi: a type of Icelandic cheese.
- Hvalllíki: fake whale blubber.
- Kæstur hákar: fermented meat of shark.
- Lambakæfa: lamb pate.
- Laufabrauð: Icelandic leaf bread.
- Lifrarpylsa: liver sausage.
- Rúllupylsa: rolled sausage.
- Rúgbrauð: Icelandic straight rye bread.
- Smoked arctic char: hot or cold smoked fish, similar to salmon.
- Súrmjólk: Icelandic sour milk.
- Bláberjasúpa: blueberry/bilberry soup.
- Brauðsúpa: bread soup.
- Eggjamjólk: egg soup.
- Fjallagrasamjólk: Iceland moss soup.
- Kjötsúpa: traditional Icelandic Lamb soup/stew.
- Lobster soup: soup with lobsters.
- Saltkjöt og baunir: salt meat and split pea soup.
- Green Bean Medley: a kind of vegetable stew.
- Icelandic Christmas Salad: red cabbage, red currant jelly, any desired jam, lemon juice.
- Iceberg Salad: iceberg lettuce salad.
- Síldarsalat: herring salad.
- Beinlausir fuglar: meat fried in bacon.
- Fiskrönd: baked fish loaf.
- Grjúpán: smoked lamb lungs.
- Hamborgarhryggur: a dish from pork meat.
- Hangikjot: smoked lamb.
- Harðfiskur: dried fish.
- Horse steak: steak from horse meat.
- Kæst skata: rotten stingray.
- Lúðubuff: fried halibut steaks.
- Mjólkursoðinn lundi: puffin in milk sauce.
- Prawns in Cream Sauce (Iceland): prawns fried with vegetables in a cream sauce.
- Ptarmigan stew: bird meat stew.
- Rabarbaragrautur: sweet stew made from rhubarb, that is a plant.
- Selshreyfar: sour seal flippers.
- Steiktar Rjúpur: fried rock ptarmigan.
- Súrsaðir hrútspungar: a dish made from the testicles of rams.
- Svið: boiled sheep's head.
- Sviðasulta: head cheese.
- Ábrystir: a type of colostrum pudding, made from sheep and caw milk.
- Bolla: cream and jam filled bun.
- Djöflaterta: or Devil's cake, is a very delicious chocolate cake.
- Fjallagrasamjolk: "Iceland Moss" milk.
- Flauelsgrautur: velvet pudding.
- Hjónabandssæla: "Wedded Bliss", an oatmeal cake filled with blueberries.
- Icelandic Crêpes: thin pancakes.
- Icelandic Torte: Icelandic traditional prune torte, a variant of Vínarterta.
- Kleinur: twisted dough-nuts.
- Kransakake: ring cake made with almonds, sugar, and egg whites.
- Lísu Brúnterta: Lisa's spicy cake.
- Klattar: mini-pancakes.
- Mandarínu-ostakaka: mandarin-orange cheesecake.
- Piparkökur: pepper biscuits.
- Skúffukaka: a chocolate cake, a kind of Icelandic brawny.
- Skyr: Icelandic cultured dairy product, similar to strained yogurt.
- Súkkulaði-slöngukaka: chocolate "Snake cake".
- Súrmjólkurhlaup: sour milk dessert.
- Vínarterta: striped torte or layer cake.
- Jólagrautur: rice pudding.
- Hveitibrauð með Lyftidufti: baking-powder bread.
- Skonsur: a type of thick pancake.
- Steikt Heilagfiski: baked halibut fish.
- Veg Kebabs: kebab with vegetables.
- Brennivín: a brand of schnapps that is considered to be Iceland's signature liquor.
- Egils beer: pale lager locally brewed beer.
- Gullfoss beer: Icelandic beer brewed with no preservatives and sugar.
- Kaldi: Icelandic beer of high quality brewed by a local small microbrewery with no preservatives and sugar.
- Móri: red ale type of beer.
- Reyka: the only eco-friendly vodka on the planet.
- Skjálfti: a premium lager type of beer.
- Thule: lager Icelandic beer.
- Ursus (vodka): distilled from grain, contains 50% of alcohol.
- Víking Gylltur: Icelandic lager type of beer.
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