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What To Eat In Iceland: Five Things That Visitors Must Try

Travelers Today       By    Marc Delize

Updated: Jan 11, 2017 04:21 AM EST

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Hotdogs in Iceland
Hot Dogs are some of the best things to eat in Iceland.
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The national cuisine in Iceland ranges from fairly basic to creative, to downright strange. This is due to the isolation and harsh winters of an island nation. For the same reason, it can also be quite expensive. Be sure to prepare a budget, and here are five best food to experience in Reykjavik.

It's really no joke: Hot Dogs are some of the best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland. Unlike those in America, they are made with a blend of lamb, pork and beef and have natural casings. It's the toppings that make the Icelandic hot dog extraordinary. Ordering a hot dog with 'The Works' means it will be covered in ketchup, fried onions, sweet mustard, raw onions and a remoulade sauce, which is a mixture of sweet relish and mayo.

The entire country's population lives on the coast and fishing is still the number one industry in Iceland. Therefore, it is easy to understand why fish is found on nearly every menu. Fish is prepared just about every way possible, from fresh-out-of-the-sea sushi to savory fish stew to golden fried fish and chips.

There is nothing better than a hearty, rich soup on a frigid, overcast day - and Icelandic meat soup is just fitting. The flavorful stew, which is a mixture of lamb, root vegetables (like potatoes and carrots), rice and herbs, is simply heavenly.

Skyr Yogurt, which uses Original Icelandic Skyr Cultures and skim milk produced by family-run farmers, is different from other yogurts you have probably tasted. It's thick and creamy, but not heavy and it's low fat.

Egils Appelsin is produced by the mega-beverage company, Olgerdin, the same maker of Gull and Borg microbrew beers . The orange soda has been a popular Icelandic drink since the 1950s. It's better than Fanta!

This is just an introductory guide to Icelandic cuisine. There are plenty more. A very basic piece of advice for people visiting: eat as much fish as you can. With such an active fishing industry, it was probably caught that morning. Also, skyr. Eat it all the time. Some say it's technically not yogurt.

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