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As you travel in North Iceland, you are never far from the source of your food and the stories behind it. This is a region of vast volcanic landscapes and icy seascapes, where small communities live at one with harsh nature and short summer seasons. For several months a year, nothing grows – humans, animals, and plants have to be tough to live here. But the stern circumstances bring a fresh and pure flavor to the products of nature – the volcanic soils, the clear waters, the long days in summer – everything is packed into a short but intensive life.

Here,  the volcanic land meets the icy ocean along about 1100 km of coastline, making sure that only freshly landed fish is put on your plate. Sheep and horses roam free in nature, ensuring that only the best meat is sourced for your dishes. While being a vegetable is a hard life if grown outside, green food grows sustainably in geothermally heated greenhouses – a natural asset of Iceland’s extraordinary geology, cultivating perhaps the most northern tomatoes in the world. Extensive mountain valleys offer rich pasture for cows, yielding dairy products such as the famous Icelandic Skyr.

Foraging is still a tradition to enrich the diet: berries and mushrooms, arctic moss, herbs and wild angelica. Auk are sought along the seacliffs for their eggs, and meat from wild geese is abundant in autumn.

 

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Where to Taste North Iceland - Restaurants

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Söluskálinn / sjoppan Hvammstangabraut 40 530 Hvammstangi 451-2465
Gauksmýri Guesthouse Gauksmýri 531 Hvammstangi 831-1411
Teni - Ethiopian Restaurant Húnabraut 4 540 Blönduós 452-4040
Holanes restaurant & bar Hólanesvegur 11, Kantrybaer 545 Skagaströnd 6912361
Harbour restaurant & bar Hafnarlóð 7 545 Skagaströnd 555-0545
Hard Wok Café Aðalgata 8 551 Sauðárkrókur 453-5355
Retro Guesthouse Suðurbraut 565 Hofsós 497-4444
Lónkot Rural Resort Sléttuhlíð 566 Hofsós 453-7432
KS Ketilási Fljót 570 Fljót 467-1000
Torgið Aðalgata 32 580 Siglufjörður 4672323
Torgið Gránugata 23 580 Siglufjörður 4672323
Harbour house Café Gránugata 5b 580 Siglufjörður 841-7889
Bláa Kannan Hafnarstræti 96 600 Akureyri 461-4600
Aurora Bar – Café – Grill Þingvallastræti 23 600 Akureyri 518-1000
Shanghai restaurant Strandgata 7 600 Akureyri 467-1888
Sjanghæ Strandgata 7 600 Akureyri 562-6888
Ketilkaffi Kaupvangsstræti 8 600 Akureyri 869-8447
Bryggjan restaurant Strandgata 49 600 Akureyri 440-6600
Grillstofan Kaupvangsstræti 23 600 Akureyri 896-3093
Kurdo Kebab Akureyri Skipagata 2 600 Akureyri 783-8383
Verksmiðjan Restaurant Glerártorg 600 Akureyri 555-4055
Indian Curry House Ráðhústorg 3 600 Akureyri 4614242
Berlin Skipagata 4 600 Akureyri 772-5061
Sprettur-Inn Kaupangi v/Mýrarveg 600 Akureyri 4646464
Serrano Ráðhústorg 7 600 Akureyri 519-6918
Kvikkí Tryggvabraut 22 600 Akureyri 462-2245
Eyja - Wine Bar and Bistro Hafnarfstræti 90 600 Akureyri 853-8002
Daladýrð Brúnagerði 601 Akureyri 863-3112
Gamla Prestshúsið Laufás 601 Akureyri 463-3196
Brúnir - Horse, Home food and Art Brúnir 605 Akureyri 863-1470
Mathús Milli Fjöru & Fjalla Túngata 3 610 Grenivík 6206080
Krían veitingastaður Grímsey 611 Grímsey 467-3112
Tomman Hafnarbraut 21 620 Dalvík 466-1559
Gregors Goðabraut 3 620 Dalvík 466-1213
Höllin Hafnargata 16 625 Ólafsfjörður 466-4000
Kaffi Klara - Cafe and Guesthouse Strandgata 2 625 Ólafsfjörður 466-4044
Naustið Seafood Restaurant Ásgarðsvegur 1 640 Húsavík 464-1520
Húsavík Öl Héðinsbraut 4 640 Húsavík 789-0808
Hotel Rauðaskriða Rauðaskriða, Aðaldalur 641 Húsavík 8956730
Guesthouse Staðarhóll Staðarhóll, Aðaldalur 641 Húsavík 464-3707
Heiðarbær Reykjahverfi 641 Húsavík 464-3903
Guesthouse Kiðagil Barnaskóla Bárðdæla 645 Fosshóll 464-3290
Hótel Laugar Laugar 650 Laugar 466-4009
Kaffi Borgir Dimmuborgir 660 Mývatn 662-4748
Mylla Restaurant Reykjahlid - Mývatn 660 Mývatn 594-2000
Guesthouse Stöng Mývatnssveit 660 Mývatn 464-4252
Skerjakolla Bakkagata 10 670 Kópasker 465-1150
Skúlagarður Kelduhverfi 671 Kópasker 465-2280
Special events and food traditions
Þorlák's Mass, Bolludagur and Þorrablót are unique Icelandic events that are all about certain foods.

Where to Taste North Iceland - Cafés

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Sauðárkróksbakarí Aðalgata 5 550 Sauðárkrókur 455-5000
Frida Chocolate café Túngata 40a 580 Siglufjörður 467-1117
LYST - Lystigarðurinn Eyrarlandsvegi 30 600 Akureyri 869 -1369
Ketilkaffi Kaupvangsstræti 8 600 Akureyri 869-8447
Sykurverk Café Brekkugata 3 600 Akureyri 571-7977
Bakaríið við brúna Dalsbraut 1 600 Akureyri 461-2700
Ak-inn Hörgárbraut Hörgárbraut 600 Akureyri 464-6474
Flugkaffi Akureyrarflugvöllur 600 Akureyri 462-5017
Penninn Café Hafnarstræti 91-93 600 Akureyri 5402000
Kristjáns Café Hafnarstræti 108 600 Akureyri 460-5930
Berlin Skipagata 4 600 Akureyri 772-5061
Kristjáns Café Hrísalundur 600 Akureyri 460-5930
Axelsbakarí Hvannavellir 14 600 Akureyri 4614010
Bláa Kannan Hafnarstræti 96 600 Akureyri 461-4600
Isbudinn Akureyri Geislagata 10 600 Akureyri 461-1112
Holtsels-Hnoss Holtsel 605 Akureyri 866-1618
Brúnir - Horse, Home food and Art Brúnir 605 Akureyri 863-1470
Mathús Milli Fjöru & Fjalla Túngata 3 610 Grenivík 6206080
Galleri Sol Sólberg 611 Grímsey 467-3190
Kaffi Klara - Cafe and Guesthouse Strandgata 2 625 Ólafsfjörður 466-4044
Skæutaís - Farm Ice Cream Skútustaðir 2b 660 Mývatn -
Skerjakolla Bakkagata 10 670 Kópasker 465-1150
Ásbyrgi veitingar og verslun Kelduhverfi 671 Kópasker 465-2260