Icelandic Foods That Blew Our Minds

There's no debating that Iceland is best known for quirkiness, but we didn't realize how much it crossed over into its population's food choices. The country stays true to its Viking roots — and the slogan "Sustainable Iceland since 874 AD." Iceland's diet mainstays include seafood (they're completely surrounded by the Arctic waters, so they eat a lot of fish), potatoes, lamb, and, of course, skyr.

What we actually discovered while exploring Reykjavik's culinary scene was a few more unusual and offputting dishes. Warning: not for the faint-hearted (or vegetarians)!
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Whale Testicle Beer (Hvalur 2)

Yep, you read right. Icelandic microbrewery Steðji has created a beer brewed with whale testicles— and goes one step further. They actually prepare it in the traditional manner: smoked in sheep manure! We love the honesty in discussing the product on their website, “Because a lack of trees in Iceland, we use dry sheep shit (dung) to smoke.”
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Puffin Burger

We love puffins and were surprised to hear that Icelanders occasionally turn the little birds into burgers! The renowned Grillmarket restaurant in Reykjavik serves the bird as part of a trio that includes whale and langoustine burgers.
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Single Sheep Head (Svið)

A little more confronting than other dishes, the sheep’s head is an Icelandic delicacy. Locals swear that it’s the perfect hangover cure. Gulp.
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Fermented Shark (Hákarl)

Now, you may not want to directly translate the name of this Icelandic dish (Hákarl translates to "rotten shark."), but that's basically what you’re getting: A slice of shark meat with a pungent cheese taste that has been fermented for up to six months.
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Coco Pops Cocktail

At the Lebowski Bar you’ll find an extensive White Russian menu, but the oddest one has to be the Coco Pops cocktail. It mixes Reyka vodka, Kahlua, and Baileys atop your favorite nostalgia cereal.

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