Iceland.. the land of surreal landscape, unpronounceable names, geothermal hot-springs and Northern lights. Yes, these are the images that flash in literally everyone’s  minds at the mention of this country. But hey, have you ever heard about Icelandic food? I’m specifically talking about Iceland’s strange but interesting food local food that every meat lover should try if they like to get adventurous with food.

Due to Iceland’s harsh weather conditions, the locals are known to preserve their food for a long time so that nothing goes to waste. Not just cultural significance, these dishes also hold a tremendous historical importance. Even if you have already seen pictures of Icelandic food, these below things are sure to shock you. In fact, the first picture did shock me on Instagram, which in turn inspired me to write this post.

Strange Things to eat in Iceland –

01 | Svid (Svið) – Boiled Sheep Head

Svid is a local delicacy in Iceland that is made with a boiled sheep head. Sounds disgusting? But here’s the thing – this dish originated from the time when people couldn’t let any part of the caught animal remain unused. Would you ever try it? I’m not sure if I will. If your imagination hasn’t run wild already, here are a few pictures that I found on Instagram that will make you go crazy.


#svid #bsiterminal #reykjavik

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Svid is much tastier than it looks! #svid #sheepshead #icelandiccuisine #iceland #travel #travelgram

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02 | Hákarl (Kæstur hákarl) – Fermented Shark

Hákarl is fermented shark and is Iceland’s national dish. It is usually made with Greenland Shark which has high content of urea and is poisonous when it’s fresh. To prepare this, freshly caught shark is cured with preservatives and hung to ferment for four to five months. It is usually consumed as a side dish but also alone.


Hákarl #aspiringphotographer #photography #hákarl #iceland #travel #nature

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See ya next time #hákarl #myprecious #fermentedshark

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03 | Súrsaðir hrútspungar (picked ram’s testicles)

Súrsaðir hrútspungar is picked ram’s testicles, which again shows that Icelanders did not waste any animal’s part after catching it.

Þorrablót! Tried some crazy stuff.. #hákarl #harðfiskur #súrsaðirhrútspungar #þorrablót

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04 | Harðfiskur or Saltfiskur


Saltfiskur is dried and unsalted codfish. This dish again demonstrates Iceland’s old tradition of preserving food by drying. Many locals describe it as a local equivalent of bread.


About to become a delicacy #harðfiskur #Iceland #dry #fish

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#harðfiskur #Iceland

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Just a little afternoon snack…. #harðfiskur #Dill #Reykjavik #restaurantinabarn

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Jei Ísland! #heima #harðfiskur #happy #namm

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Ohhh yeah 😍. Icelandic treat for me. Give me all the protein 💪🏻😂

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Like this list? Well, I found an amazing infographic about food in Iceland on Here, take a look.

The Best Icelandic Foods Infographic by DealChecker

The Best Icelandic Foods Infographic by DealChecker

What’s the weirdest food that you have tried while traveling? Let me know in comments.

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