Start planning your Iceland food tour
For centuries, Iceland has existed in relative solitude. Its geographic and climatic position has fostered a wonderfully unique culinary tradition. While the sea is a central part of the culture, there's much more than just fresh fish here. A food tour of Iceland means discovering delicacies rarely found anywhere else in the world, from locally-produced alcohol to warm seafood bisque.
What makes Iceland a great destination for foodies?
Iceland has an extraordinary culinary scene to match its otherworldly landscapes. In a country where natural resources and sunshine are often limited, a spirit of creativity has long ruled with its cuisine. The results are specialties such as a bread substitute made from stockfish, and unique local meats such as puffin.
The best gastronomy tours in Iceland
Reykjavik is a foodie’s paradise, with traditional restaurants alongside cuisine from around the world. Venture out further from the capital for a true taste of Iceland. Here are some of the best food experiences in the country.
Visit a farm
Experience Icelandic food directly from its source by touring a farm in the south. Learn more about the unique geography and traditions that have influenced Icelandic cuisine, and about how lamb, berries, and tomatoes are produced here. You'll have many chances to sample these delights as you visit, too.
Find the freshest seafood in Akureyri
Akureyri is the beating heart of Iceland’s fishing industry. There's no better place than this northern city for delicious seafood from the cold Atlantic waters. Have some warming plokkfiskur (fish stew) with a big slice of rúgbrauð (lava bread), or snack on dried stockfish.
Try viking sushi in Stykkisholmur
Hop on a boat from Stykkisholmur to see the best of Icelandic birds and marine life out at sea. Then, afterwards, sample Viking-style sushi such as fresh starfish, sea urchins, scallops, and other unusual ocean creatures.
Taste Iceland's craft beers
Alcohol has only been legal in Iceland since 1989, but local brewers and distillers have been hard at work since. Bryggjan Brugghús is one of Reykjavik’s best craft breweries, with signature selections such as its Bryggjan IPA and Hrútskýrir sour beer. Pair your pints with the brewery's fresh seafood dishes.
Brave the brennivin and hakarl
These Icelandic delicacies are an adventure in themselves. Hakarl is the country’s infamous fermented shark, usually consumed along with a strong shot of brennivin, a clear caraway-flavored schnapps. They are an acquired taste, but certainly one you won't forget.
Tips for planning a food tour in Iceland
Planning a food tour in Iceland is easy, thanks to brilliant travel infrastructure and English being widely spoken. Time your food tour during Thorrablot, the country’s midwinter festival. Held during January and February, it dates back to the 19th century, with Icelanders gathering for feasts with friends and family. There's also celebrations and performances across the country.