Seafood has been a mainstay of Icelandic cuisine for thousands of years, with the fishing industry shaping communities around the country. Before the 19th century, Iceland had little access to things like grain to make bread and feed livestock, so fish was relied upon as a nutritious and readily-available source of food.
Today, Iceland’s love affair with seafood continues, with many of the country’s acclaimed dishes sourced from the plentiful larder of the Atlantic. It’s believed most households in Iceland consume fish at least four times a week – making it one of the most seafood-reliant nations on Earth.
Here, we take a look at two of the country’s must-try fish dishes.