Top strangest foods in Iceland you can't block out

Top strangest foods in Iceland you can't block out

Iceland not only attracts visitors with beautiful natural landscapes, majestic mountains and glaciers, but also because of its varied and exotic cuisine. There are even some dishes that can make you "shiver" at first sight. Come to Iceland, and try top Icelandic strangest foods below to test your brave.


The first dish was listed as one of Iceland's strangest foods is Hákarl, also known as fermented shark. The dish is made from Greenland Shark – a kind of poisonous shark. In the traditional way, sharks are cleaned and cut off their heads, then buried underground from 6-12 weeks with rocks, sand and gravel. Big stones are placed on top to create weight and squeeze liquid to remove toxins such as trimethylamine oxide and acid uric. During this time, the fish is also fermented.

strangest foods in Iceland

Shark meat is buried deep underground for a long time to ferment

After being buried up enough time, the shark is put on the ground, cut into long pieces and hung up for several months to dry. The meat is standard with a dry brown coat and characteristic ammonia. Icelanders remove the skin, cut the fish into small cube-shaped pieces, then enjoy the party with a glass of Brennivín wine.

When eating the dish, you feel like just biting a fillet of ammonia smell. Instead of spending a lot of time preparing the dish, you can also try this traditional dish at most restaurants in Iceland, but it's relatively expensive. You can enjoy it with cheap prices in Kolaportið, a famous Icelandic flea market.


Unlike Hákarl (though more expensive), the dish is enjoyed by many Icelanders, especially in the West Fjords. To cook the dish, you should boil the fish for about 10 minutes, cut the meat and remove the bone, then add some fried sheep meat on the top. You can enjoy the dish with boiled potatoes and brown bread "Rúgbrauð".

strangest foods in Iceland

The food is mostly served at traditional meals in Iceland


This dried fish is quite popular in Iceland, mainly made from Þoskur fish. The fish is hung on wooden frames in cold climates. After the fish has dried, they are put down for processing, squeezing or slicing. Because the fish is quite hard-boiled, the Icelanders often eat with butter.

The combination of a thin piece of fish and the sweet taste of butter is very attractive. In traditional Icelandic parties, there is always Harðfiskur on the table served with some beers, which proves the popularity of this dish in Icelandic cuisine.

strangest foods in Iceland

The dish is often served with butter to create a very special flavor


Rúgbrauð, a kind of black bread, is very popular in Iceland. People make the dough and put it in a special wooden box, then place it in the geothermal source and take it out the next day. This bread has a distinct flavor with black breads in other parts of the world and has a slight sweetness. Icelanders often eat this bread with a little butter spread on top, salmon or smoked lamb.

strangest foods in Iceland

Taking seven hours to bake, this bread is a mixture of many flavors, mainly sweetness


Speaking of the strangest foods of Icelandic cuisine, you cannot ignore the "horror" food (for most foreigners) named Svið. This dish looks a bit dreadful when in front of you is the head of sheep that are processed in complete unit or cut in pairs. When served, the head still has enough teeth and tongue, and the dish also always appear at the traditional meal.

The tongue and skin are the best part of this dish. When eaten, people take their knives to cut out skin and meat to eat. In addition to Svið, the local people also use the sheep's head to process another famous dish called Sviðasulta (meat from the sheep's head filtered out, cooked for freezing and often served with bread).

strangest foods in Iceland

Are you brave enough to enjoy this dish at first sight?


Usually served as a dessert, Laufabrauð, so-called leaf bread, is made from flour with milk, sugar, salt, etc. and has a circular shape about 15-20 centimeters. The food is crispy with oil and often eaten during Christmas or traditional parties. People scraped a bit of butter and broke into small pieces. The greasy and sweet taste is what people often remember about this dessert.

strangest foods in Iceland

The special feature of this bread is the unique patterns printed in the processing

It can be seen that most of the traditional dishes in Iceland are made from fish and lamb. Many visitors say that they do not want to eat these dishes because of their slightly outrageous appearance and unpleasant smell, but after enjoying them, they agree that these are classified as must-try foods when coming to Iceland. How about you? Do you have the courage to enjoy these most bizarre foods in Iceland?

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