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While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

When I announced I was going to Iceland, everyone cautioned me about the food. I was warned that Iceland food is seriously bad. They told me that, as a foodie, I simply wouldn’t enjoy the trip.

They were wrong.

While it’s true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

In this post, I’ll share with you, in no certain order, the best Iceland food I found in my two weeks spent touring Iceland.

The best Iceland Food

1. Cod in a Mexican Cream Sauce

This dish was the day’s special at a hole in the wall we found just off the highway. Both delicious and filling, I love any meal with double carbs!

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2. Icelandic Seafood Pasta

You wouldn’t normally think of great pasta when you think of Iceland, but this dish incorporated fresh seafood and served it up with a simple salad.

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3. BACON!!

After so many simple breakfasts, we were excited to find this cafe serving an American style breakfast with a generous serving of bacon. This homemade berry jam served for the toast was also full of flavor.

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4. Roasted Cod

No surprise this list is going to be seafood heavy. We found another special of the day when hunger forced us to find a stop on the highway. This simple dish of perfectly cooked fish paired with a simple salad was just what we needed to get back on the road.

Click to learn more about all of the delicious dishes I discovered in Iceland - While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

5. Traditional Icelandic Fish Stew

Served with dark bread this was the perfect lunch on a cold afternoon.

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6. Buttery Lobster Roll

One of the most memorable dishes from the trip, this huge lobster roll was stuffed with freshly grilled lobster on a buttery roll and served with fries. I would go back to Iceland just for this dish.

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7. Icelandic Fish & Chips

This version is my new favorite, as I prefer the roasted potatoes over fries. The small salad was also a welcome fresh component on a dish that’s largely heavy and filling.

Click to learn more about all of the delicious dishes I discovered in Iceland - While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

8. Tapas in Iceland?

Yes, tapas in Iceland. Smakkbarinn in Reykjavík features a tapas menu that highlights local ingredients. This means you’re able to try smaller portions of dishes you’re not so sure about, including local specialties such as reindeer, whale, and fermented shark.

Click to learn more about all of the delicious dishes I discovered in Iceland - While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

9. Skyr

I have always mentioned that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I was able to found a dessert in Iceland that I’m pretty fond of. Skyr is a traditional Icelandic dessert made with a mild yogurt like base and topped with fresh fruit. It can sometimes also contain granola. Versions found throughout the country range from simple to very high end.

Click to learn more about all of the delicious dishes I discovered in Iceland - While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.


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While it's true that I had more than my fair share of unfortunate gas station sandwiches for budget reasons (food, along with everything else in Iceland is crazy expensive), there is good food to be found in Iceland. Really good food, actually.

Which dish looks best to you? Let me know in the comments section below!

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RC

Tuesday 25th of May 2021

Too bad you didn’t post the restaurants you ordered the food from....

Vanessa

Friday 29th of December 2017

Hi, I'm going to Iceland in March and while looking up places to eat I stumbled upon this article and I am dying to know where the place with the lobster hole was? Was it in Reykjavik or elsewhere? Thanks :)

Nathan

Saturday 30th of December 2017

It was outside of Reykjavik actually- we spent most of our time outside the city as we were on a road trip. I wish I knew the name of the specific place we were at -- some hole in the wall restaurant in a small town!

Nwa

Monday 2nd of October 2017

These make me very hungry. Will follow this list next year. Can you please give the name of these restaurants? Especially the buttery lobster roll. Highly appreciated!

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Anna @ shenANNAgans

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Iceland is absolutely on my bucket list and I've heard also the food is boring and overly carbie so it was fun to scroll through your list of yummy foods you experienced. Lobster rolls would have me traveling there just for the food methinks.

melody pittman

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Good grief you've left me licking my lips. Cod in a Mexican cream sauce? I'm still pondering that one and dreaming of a taste. Your Iceland food list looks a million times better than most of the food posts I've seen about this country. You did good. ;)

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