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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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