Icelandic Delicacies

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This summer my family and I are going to Iceland for a week. I'm super excited and considering my passion blog is all about foreign food, I thought I should probably check out Icelandic food. I go on google image and do exactly that. One of my favorite things about traveling is trying all the new flavors, unfortunately, well at least at based off the images I saw on google, Iceland may not live up to my standards. In fact, I'm not exactly sure what i'll eat....

Here are the first ever images of Icelandic food that I found on Google Image:


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At this point, I am scared out of my mind! I love foreign flavors, but I'm not so into exotic animal parts. I did have a feeling that considering Iceland is such a northern isolated place, that much of their food would be meats and poultry with low flavoring, due to the lack of warm weather for spices and herbs to grow, and foods that have had weird treatments and seasonings to preserve them in Iceland's cold unbearable climate. So I guess, I shouldn't act so surprised, but before I came to any conclusions, I decided to do some research.

My hopes were getting even lower when I read that Iceland is not famous for its delicacies, because, as I predicted, the main purpose was to preserve their food. Iceland is above the tree line, which means no plants grow in Iceland, so they rely purely on fish and meats, without spices, vegetables, and flavorings. Apparently, if you put Icelandic food under your bed for months, it will still be completely edible and intact! I read also that if you are a foreigner, it is likely that drunken Icelanders will wave creepy things at you and dare you to take a bite!

So here are some of the major foods eaten in Iceland:

Svioasulta is sheep head cheese. The sheep meet is suspended in jelatine to create a solid cheese-like block  
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Blóðmörpudding made from lambs blood

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Hrutspung, are sour ram's testicles suspended in gelatin 

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Hakarl, which is rotten shark

Svio, or boiled sheep's head

Hvalrengi is sour whale-fat

Rotten sting rey

Selshreifar is seal flippers

These traditional dishes and cooking methods goes to show how much environment influences what you eat or have to eat rather. Though, I was somewhat relieved when I read that modern refrigeration and transportation of goods, has allowed the Icelanders to expand their pallet and create some less exotic foods. Here is what I found (though still not as desirable as we would like):

Saltkjot is boiled and salted meat

Hardfiskur is dried fish

Hangikjot is smoked lamb

Rugbraud is traditional rye bread

AND FINALLY THE MOMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: DESERT! 


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Kleina, left, is a typical plain Icelandic desert made from flattened dough, which is then deep-fried. 

WISH ME LUCKKKK! I think I'll be eating lots of Kleina!




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