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Food & Dining in Iceland

Reykjavik is a haven for seafood. Restaurants here claim to serve fish so fresh that you would expect them to still be swimming in your plate. Aromatic herbs and fresh ingredients make these dishes melt in your mouth. Places like Tveir Fiskar offer sushi as well as other local and Japanese seafood dishes, all using organic ingredients. Restaurant Thor at Hafnarfjörður harbour is located on Iceland's most famous coastguard vessel ‘Thor’. This restaurant/ museum is a kitschy, touristy alternative for fish lovers.

If you have travelled all the way up here and braved the arctic winds, it would be plain silly to go back without trying the wholesome traditional cuisine.

From the classy, to the kind that is plain, although completely satiating, the food here is filling and brimming with flavours. The lamb is known for its distinctive taste and the cheese available here is world renowned. One of Hafnarfjörður's oldest and most esteemed restaurants, A. Hansen, is the place to splurge at on special occasions, for traditional and contemporary local cuisine. To visit Iceland is to enjoy its gorgeous scenery and a good way to combine local cuisine and the breathtaking sights, would be in restaurants like the Skíðaskálinn Hveradölum. This restaurant and chalet is located atop a ski slope and allows you to dine amongst nature. For something simple like fish soups, stews and sandwiches, Kaffivagninn is the place to go.

Humarhúsið has been the main location for lobster for years, and Þrír Frakkar is the place to go for delicious traditional cooking, including whale meat or salt cod. If you want a spectacular view, nothing can beat Perlan, which sits atop Reykjavík’s hot water tanks.

For more international taste buds, there are loads of Asian and Italian eateries. Restaurants like the Indókína offer Indonesian, Chinese and Vietnamese food, and it is easy on the wallet. For a bite of Italy step into the Madonna, and indulge in cheesy pastas, and other traditional Italian dishes. For a touch of spice, you could try one of the Mexican restaurants like the Creole & Mex Grill, which is also reasonably priced. Common favourites around the world like hot dogs, burgers, pizzas and other fast food, are available all over.

Ban Thai has some of the best Thai food in town, with friendly service to match, or try Eldsmiðjan for arguably the best pizza in the North Atlantic.

Outside Reykjavík, you’ll find plenty of well-priced restaurants that serve a hearty meal with local produce, like Fimm Fiskar in Stykkishólmur and Við Fjöruborðið in Stokkseyri.





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