Icelandic cuisine may not have the variety that other international cuisines possess but it does have a long history that has always made the most of native produce. Staple foods in Iceland are lamb and fish, which tend to form the basis of most dishes. A vegetarian diet isn't as common and as a result not as easy to find in the more remote parts of the country. However, Reykjavik is fast becoming a culinary capital with lots of different types of restaurants including European, Asian, Argentinian and more. Chefs in Iceland are becoming more inventive with what's available to them and you'll also find meat like puffin and foal on the menu.
There are a number of distinctively Icelandic foods including Harofiskur - dried fish pieces eaten as a snack with butter; Skyr - a yoghurt-like dairy product available in flavoured and unflavoured varieties all over the country; and Hangikjöt - smoked lamb. Hot dogs are the number one fast food choice with Icelanders smothering their Pylsur in everything going, which includes ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and fried onions.
Bread is popular in Iceland with bakeries offering a variety of pastries and breads with snúður, a type of cinnamon roll, particularly popular with the locals. Icelanders have their own version of a doughnut in the form of kleina, which features heavily at Christmas feasts.
The preferred drinks in Iceland are those that warm you up and alcohol does that quite nicely! You can try the potent Brennivin, similar to aquavit but made from potatoes, as well as moss schnapps, local vodka and herbal liquors.