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Eat, drink and be merry

Smoked trout on dark, sweet rye bread is Lake Mývatn’s signature dish. Bonus points if the rye bread was buried in the ground and cooked with geothermal heat!

Akureyri is still a fishing town, and the fresh seafood is delicious, don’t leave town before you try it!

Every hot dog stand serves the classic hot dog with everything (raw and fried onions, ketchup, mustard and remoulade), but only in Akureyri can you get one with pickled red cabbage.

For an extra indulgent treat, try a deep-fried hot dog, topped with melted cheese!

Akureyri also has some international flavours for the discerning palate. You can try Indian, Chinese, Danish, Spanish, Thai, Kurdish and Japanese food with an Akureyri twist.

Try some of Eyjafjörður’s very own Kaldi beer. If you’re still feeling thirsty, Einstök beer and Segull 67 are also brewed in North Iceland. For a taste of Akureyri beer, drink Viking!

If drinking beer isn’t enough, head up to Árskógssandur and bathe in it! The Kaldi Beer Spa offers beer-focused spa treatments as well as tasting menus in their adjoining restaurant.

Akureyri is aptly named the “Béarnaise Capital of Iceland”. An Akureyri speciality is a pizza topped with sliced beef, French fries and a copious amount of béarnaise sauce!

Many Akureyri restaurants now serve extremely locally grown produce, as Urban Farm Akureyri grows salads and herbs in the centre of town!

The Akureyri dining scene has never been more exciting, with newcomers such as North by Dill and Eyja wine bar and bistro joining trusted mainstays such as Múlaberg and Rub23!

Last updated 8 May 2023.