There are certain trips that you expect to revolve around local cuisine: Italy, France, South Africa. Well, safe to say that when planning my trip to Iceland, I at no time envisioned myself in a week-long food coma. Yes, I had been urged to try the dairy products; and I’ll admit Icelandic yogurt and ice cream has ruined dairy products for me forever. Yes, I’d watched at least a dozen reaction videos of travelers tasting Hákarl or fermented shark, a taste that you really, really only need to experience once in your life.
But despite my lack of original enthusiasm, our series of delicious dining experiences definitely solidified Iceland in my mind, as a foodie mecca.
Great Big Hunk of World Awards For: Most Unique Experience, Sustainability-Friendly Business
Friðheimar was one of the first meals we had while in Iceland and it really set the bar high. Due to Iceland’s generally cold, and often unpredictable temperatures, much of the countries crops are grown within geothermal energy supplied greenhouses; and Friðheimar lets you dine right in the heart of one. The restaurant also holds a Vakinn certification, which is an Icelandic system that recognizes businesses that maintain high standards of business ethics and environmental service.
Awards For: Hit with the Locals, Best Burger, Most Accommodating Staff
3. The Laundromat Cafe
Awards For: Best Atmosphere, Best for Breakfast
4. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Awards For: Most Affordable Icelandic Meal
5. Reykjavik Fish Restaurant
Awards For: Friendliest Staff, Chique Minimalism
a littlea lot more salt, the fish was still perfectly flaky and the portion size was large enough that it fills you up but not too large that you felt sick to your stomach.
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