Three years ago, I traveled to Iceland for the first time. It was sort of a spontaneous tripÂ that a friend and I had planned last minute, but it ended up being one ofÂ the bestÂ internationalÂ experiences ever.Â And with flight time being less than five hours from NYC, the chilly country makes for the perfect “long weekend,” European getaway.
Most people travel to Iceland to explore glaciers (check), see the Northern Lights (check), play with Icelandic ponies (check), or hang out at the Blue Lagoon (major check). But one thing they underestimate is what theyâ€™ll have to eat while theyâ€™re there.
Iceland is a foodieâ€™s dream. Itâ€™s not really surprising, considering Icelandic dishes are typically locally sourced, and with such unique agricultural conditions, chefs and locals alike have gotten creative with their recipes. The food and drinks I had in Iceland were some of the highlights of my trip, from lobster stew and Skyr (Icelandic yogurt), to whale meat and puffin (ethically farmed, and better than it sounds, trust me).