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Eat Like An Icelander

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Iceland

Although not everyone has the stomach for traditional Nordic foods, Icelandic meat, fish and seafood are one of the healthiest in Europe and their menu has drastically improved in recent decades. If you want a taste of local Icelandic cuisine, make sure to try these three traditional foods:

  • Hangikjöt or smoked lamb is a favorite amongst Icelandic families due to its exquisite taste which is famously attributed to the way sheep are farmed. They are free to roam the wilderness all summer without any supervision and graze on grass, plants and herbs. Lambs grow to market weight on pasture alone and are slaughtered at six months instead of eleven.
  • Skyr is a type of yoghurt-like soft cheese which is made out of gelatinous milk curds. As weird as that sounds, it’s actually quite delicious. This strange superfood, which is incredibly high in protein and low in carbs and fat, can be served as a dessert mixed with milk and berries or enjoyed as either a dipping sauce or drink.
  • Kjötsúpa or meat soup is made with small pieces of lamb and boiled with bones, rice, potatoes, turnips, carrots, onions and herbs. Even though it is usually boiled for several hours before servings, Icelanders prefer to let it sit for a day and then re-heat it.
  • BONUS: Plysa hot dogs  are one of the most popular foods in Iceland. You can buy them virtually everywhere but locals claim the best plysa hot dog stand is Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (The Best Hot Dogs in Town), located in the center of Reykjavik.

Tasty Kjötsúpa

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