As I mentioned in some previous posts I am a food lover. Iceland is quite expensive, so we try to reduce our visits to restaurants and eating food mainly bought from the supermarkets. Several times we did picnic on the grass and it was great. 😊
I can say that you definitely have to try their lamb and beef meet. In stores it is not so expensive, and I had a wonderful lamb steak.
While on an island I wanted to find and buy some fresh fish and I was searching for it. While we were wandering around the harbor at Höfn, I saw a fisherman boat coming from the ocean and docking on the quay. I ran straight to the dock to ask the fisherman if he would sell us some fresh fish. He kindly explained to me, in very good English, that he has just given the fish on the other side of the harbor, but there are still boats that are coming. So, we went straight there. There was a bunch of people unloading some boxes. With signs I tried to explain that I want to buy a fresh fish. After a couple of explanations one of the man gave me a sign to follow him. We went to his boat where there was a big, wooden box full of relatively big fish (in the first boxes that we saw, the fish were enormous, around a meter and a half).
Then the guy jumped in the boat and gave me a big, red fish. As I adore fish, I was so happy that I would manage to buy a freshly caught fish from the waters of Iceland. Then I asked the fisherman how much he wants me to pay for the fish. My surprise was huge when he definitely refused to take any money and instead of that he gave me another fish! Wow, we got two big fresh fishes, in an expensive country like Iceland for free.
As a return to his favor Denis, the friend we were travelling with, gave him a bottle of Ukrainian vodka. The fisherman was enormously happy!
After, when we went to the supermarket, I figured out why the guy was so happy – the alcohol in Iceland is extremely expensive. I knew it was expensive, but I didn’t expect it to be so expensive. A liter of vodka costs 7499 ISK (65 euro). So, it was a quite fair deal – both of us gave something without value for oneself that is highly valuable for the other.
We visited also some restaurants.
The first one where we stopped was a lobster restaurant called Humarhofnin in the town of Höfn.
It was a part of our plan, as there were many positive reviews over the internet about this restaurant. And it was worth it. The food was delicious.
Another one was near Myvatn. As we got hungry from all the walking and climbing of different craters, we decided to have lunch in a restaurant in the near town of Vogar. We found the restaurant by internet reviews and its name was Vogafjós Cowshed. It turned to be a guesthouse with a restaurant and a shop where you can buy local products. The restaurant is located inside the cowshed and offers homemade local food. I had a nice lamb shank with a beer and it was delicious.
During our boat trip between Brjánslækur to Stykkisholmur we got hungry, so we stopped at a restaurant, chosen by internet review – Sjávarpakkhúsið. It turned to be a nice one with a great atmosphere.
I tried one of the best fish soup that I have ever eaten with a nice Icelandic beer – Einstok.
We also had some fresh fish and mussels.
In Reykjavik we took a Fish and Chips from The Iceland Fish and Chips Wagon. I am not really into fast food fish, but this one was amazing. It was so fresh, and so tasty, that I would recommend it to anybody who is visiting Reykjavik.
We also visited a small restaurant in the city center. Reykjavik’s restaurants tend to have a least one dish that’s a bit surprising. If you have never tried horse, whale or puffin, now’s your chance. We tried a whale dish which was interesting, tasting like beef for example, but the idea of eating such an animal like a whale was a little bit creepy. It is good to mention that Iceland’s revenue from whale watching exceeds any income from whaling. We could also try a puffin, but when we saw these gentle birds the day before, all the group decided not to try it.
Langoustine is also delicious in soups, sandwhiches, or just served on its own with heaps of garlic butter.
Due to climate and the resulting difficulties of growing a bounty of vegetables, Icelandic cuisine through the centuries has been mostly animal-protein based. It is a unique and fascinating cuisine. Smoked, cured, dried, salted – meat, fish or bread, there are many unusual and delicious combinations that you can find. A place worth visiting.
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