A Taste of Iceland
Iceland isn’t necessarily known for being a food destination. Because it’s an island, and there’s not much arable land, they have to ship a lot of food in. That’s reflected in the prices. It’s not super cheap to eat dinner out, that’s for sure.
Here’s what I ate in Iceland:
Pizza and a Hot Dog – Hlemmur Mathöll
Hlemmur Mathöll is a market hall with a handful of food stands in an old train station in the heart of Reykjavik. We thought this was the perfect place for our first Icelandic meal, because there was so many different options. I got a pizza from the Flateley Pizza stand which was 1,800 ISK. Ethan got a deal from SKÁL! It included an Icelandic hot dog, a beer, and a Prince Polo chocolate bar for 2,000 ISK. We shared the two, and it was a really good meal. The hot dog was bomb.
Mexican Chicken Soup & Red Hot Lava Soup – The Soup Company
Because we felt like we were racing the sun on our south shore drive, we didn’t really stop for lunch. We were planning on waiting to eat until we got to The Soup Company in Vík. We had heard good things from friends who had visited and reviews online. It was the perfect meal after a long, chilly day. I had the Mexican chicken soup (1,890 ISK) and Ethan got the Red Hot Lava Soup served in a bread bowl (2,390 ISK). The Red Hot Lava soup is there specialty. It is rich, meaty, and a little spicy. It is served with a dollop of yogurt.
Is this expensive for soup? Sure. But this soup is refillable. You can have as much as you want. There was also bottomless bread. The bread was so good. There were pots of volcanic rock salt butter which was just perfect. We also shared a beer here, which I think was 1,000 ISK.
Powdered Jelly Donut – Supa Restaurant
The Supa Restaurant at the Geysir Visitor’s Centre was a nice little place to stop to eat while touring the Golden Circle. We had brought lunch for ourselves this day, so we were just looking for a snack. We each got a donut and we shared a tea. This came to 7,50 ISK. This was a really delicious donuts. We shared Ethan’s the next day and it still tasted fresh.
Burgers and Mozzarella Sticks – Hraunberg
We discovered Hraunberg one night on the hunt for a late night snack. Note – the grill was not open for that late night snack. We did go back for a late lunch a few days later though. The burgers were a delicious hand-pressed patty with lettuce, cheese, and a sauce that was kind of like a Big Mac sauce. The burgers were really tasty. I also just love mozzarella sticks so we got some. Instead of marinara sauce, they were served with salsa which was surprisingly delicious. This meal with a bottle of coke was 2,700 ISK.
Fish and Chips – Reykjavik Fish Restaurant
I was really in the mood for some good fish and chips, and after wandering around Reykjavik, this seemed like a good place to stop. There is a couple locations of Reykjavik Fish and Chips in the city. This one is just off of Laugavegur.
I got the fish and chips (1,980 ISK), Ethan got a chicken sandwich (1,640), and we shared a beer (1,000 ISK). The chicken sandwich was battered like the fish, so at first we thought it was a fish burger instead. The chicken burger was really good. My fish and chips were great too. Super tasty and not overly greasy. This was probably my favourite meal of the trip.
Lobster Soup – Sægreifinn
The lobster soup at Sægreifinn was recommended to me by a friend who knows I love seafood. They said the lobster soup was to die for, and many reviews said it was the best in the city. It was fairly decently priced as well. I got a lobster soup that came with bread and a coke for about 1,500 ISK. The soup was good. It was hearty and rich with a lot of nice chunks of lobster.
Volcanic Salt Chocolate Ice Cream – Valdís
I guess the chilly weather made me crave an ice cream? Anyway, we stopped in Valdís. They had a ton of different flavours, so it was hard to choose! I just got a one scoop for 500 ISK. I thought it was great, but I love sweet and salty flavours together. Ethan however was not a fan.
Icelandic Hot Dog – Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
It seemed fitting that our last meal in Iceland was one of the most famous. We couldn’t leave the country without trying a classic Pylsur. “One with everything” includes raw onions, crispy onions, ketchup, sweet brown mustard, and a remoulade. The hot dogs themselves are a lamb, pork, and beef mixture. Each hot dog will only set you back about 400 ISK, making it one of the more affordable meals in Iceland. I think they deserve the hype. They were really tasty. I was a big fan of the brown mustard. If we had tried these earlier in the trip, I don’t doubt we would have been back again.
Other Things We Ate
To cut down on costs a little bit, we went to the grocery store! There was a Krónan pretty close to our Air BNB. We spent about 3,000 ISK for some skyr yogurts, bread, ham, mustard, crushed tomatoes, a couple cans of coke, and a bag of chips. From this, we made a couple sandwiches for lunches. We had the skyr and a couple granola bars I brought with us for breakfast each day. With the crushed tomatoes, we made pasta with some penne I brought. This was a good choice for us. The sticker shock in Iceland is real, this helped keep us on budget.
We also ordered Dominos twice. I know, I know, going to a chain restaurant is not great. But one night there was nothing else open, and it was so good we got it again another night. We did try an Iceland specialty on pizza – cream cheese. It was delicious. The pizzas were really great. The crusts were garlicky. There are daily deals as well, so it can be a pretty decently priced meal.