I’m back! Where was I you ask?? I took off on a week long adventure to Iceland. A place where the sheep out number the people by more than 2 to 1. What an absolutely incredible place. It was chilly, and windy but the waterfalls were plentiful, the geysers were erupting and it was all around a very beautiful place to visit.

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Food wise, it certainly isn’t as exotic as my last trip which was to Thailand. These are meat and potatoes people who eat heartily because their surroundings demand it. Vegetarians and Vegans beware, this may not be the place for you. All produce is brought in from around the world at great expense, or grown in greenhouses on the island. It’s hard to come by and the quality is lacking to put in nicely.

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What’s not lacking? Lamb… and lots of it. From traditional Iceland ‘meat soup’ pretty much a stew of potatoes, root veg and loads of lamb to sheep’s head (a so common you can even order it in the bus terminal), there is lamb on every menu. Even the roadside grills we stopped at on our day trips outside the city served lamb along with your typical burgers and what not.

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Hot chocolate and Asparagus Cream soup are exactly what you need when the wind is whipping around at 60km an hour – it is like being hit by a car.

So besides the meat soup which was served everywhere, the veggie soup options always being cream of asparagus for some reason, what are the other must try’s in Iceland??

1. Hotdogs. That’s right. They make them just a bit different there. Hard to describe, but the casing is more sausage like and has more of a ‘snap’ to it.

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Sweet Dijon mustard is all the rage in Iceland… not bad, but Dijon and I have never been best buds.

2. Brennivin – also known as black death. This is Icelandic schnapps made from potatoes and tastes like caraway seeds.

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3. Whale. There are a variety of restaurants that serve mink whale. I was surprised to find it tasted more like steak than fish… but I suppose that makes sense, whale being a mammal and all.

4. Puffin. This cute little sea bird also makes an amazing meal. Served raw and roasted and everything in between.

5. Horse. Those cute little Icelandic horses are good for more than rides around the island… they also make for a killer tartar and steak!

6. Shark. Fermented shark (basically rotting shark) is a traditional dish in Iceland. It’s caught, cut and dried for more than 6 months. It then becomes rubbery and lasts for a very long time over the cold winter. There isn’t a whole lot of taste to it I found, the pumpernickel bread I was eating it with covered most of the fishy taste.

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7. Fish of all kinds in all different preparations. Dried fish is everywhere and there are at least 2-3 fish dishes on each menu. Fish stew is another popular Icelandic traditional dish, normally served in a light curried flavoured sauce.

I can’t wait to go back. Next time I’m exploring a volcano or two.

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Much to the embarrassment of my friends I kept referring to icebergs and glaciers as “free range, organic, artisanal ice cubes.”

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