Eyjafjörður: Eat, Drink and be Merry

Eyjafjörður, the fjord in which Akureyri lies, is remarkable in many ways, not least in the great amount of excellent food and drink produced there. As in all of Iceland, the purity of the nature and old fashioned farming methods mean some of the best raw-materials in the world are available absolutely anywhere.

Eyjafjörður is home to many of the larger cow and dairy farms in Iceland, and to a lesser extent lamb and pork production, and the brave pioneers of Kaffi Kú are even making inroads in the direct-from-the-farm production of beef in recent years. It’s easy to find home-smoked trout from the local Ólafsfjörður aquafarm, as well as the delicious fish products from Ekta Fiskur (meaning Real Fish), in Dalvík, including ready-made dishes and more traditional courses such as bacalao.

This all without even mentioning the more conventional catching of fish and shellfish which takes place in every little fishing village along the coast, and which can then be served up in various traditional and less conventional ways. As you travel around this beautiful fjord, there will be no end to the opportunities to sit down at charming local restaurants and seaside cafés and sample some of the local flavours, all in their own local variations.

In addition to this, there has been an upsurge recently in local craft breweries in Eyjafjörður, starting in 2006 with the opening of Bruggsmiðjan brewery in Árskógssandur. They started off brewing their signature beer Kaldi, modelled after a traditional Czech Pilsner, and soon adding their Dark Kaldi, modelled after the Bavarian Dunkel, and many others. Then in 2010 Akureyri-based Einstök, meaning “Unique”, an offshoot of Viking brewery (as evidenced by the horned gentleman on the label), started brewing their craft beer selection, which includes White Ale, Pale Ale and Toasted Porter, to name a few.

All of this adddrink from sea and land, just get out on the road in Eyjafjörður and you won’t be disappointed.

Wining & Dining in Akureyri