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Best of Icelandic food & drink: Part three

By Sara McMahon

  • Free-roaming sheep Iceland might not be best known for its culinary traditions—at least not yet—but there is an abundance of culinary delights for foodies to enjoy while visiting the country. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Fresh water, fresh fish, free-roaming sheep, and rye bread baked underground in geothermal areas: Gastronomes have plenty to look forward to when visiting Iceland.

 

Iceland might not be best known for its culinary traditions—at least not yet—but there is an abundance of culinary delights for foodies to enjoy while visiting the country. Here’s Iceland Magazine’s list of farms that sell wonderful home-made products, straight from the farm:  

1. Bjarteyjarsandur farm
In the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord, a 45-minute drive north of Reykjavík, the family on the farm Bjarteyjarsandur runs a small shop where they sell their homemade products directly to consumers. Their products include lamb meat, organic pork, smoked leg of lamb, jam, and bjúga, a traditional smoked sausage. Here you can stock up on provisions to bring along on your trip if you are travelling north.

2. Háls farm in Kjós
Matarbúrið is a small store run by the family on Háls, a farm located in Kjós in Hvalfjörður. The family sells locally grown, premium packaged beef as well as tasty jams, chutneys, and jellies to go with it. The store is located in Grandagarður 29 in Reykjavík and open most days.

3. Erpsstaðir in West Iceland
On the dairy farm Erpsstaðir in Búðardalur in West Iceland, one can purchase delicious, homemade dairy products such as ice cream, cheese, and skyr, the traditional, Icelandic dairy product similar to strained yoghurt, as well as tasty treats made from skyr.

4. Bulsur from Karlsstaðir
Berglind and Svavar manufacture ‘bulsur,’ vegan sausages made from Icelandic barley, kidney beans, and other savoury ingredients, on their farm Karlsstaðir in Berufjörður fjord, East Iceland. The couple also recently began producing healthy snacks made from local turnips.

5. Klaus the sausage maker
German-born Klaus Kretzer makes flavoursome, award-winning sausages from scratch. His products, packaged under the label Skaftafell Delicatessen, are made from meat of mutton produced by his neighbours in Öræfi district, Southeast Iceland. “In my opinion it is important that I personally know the farmers who produce the meat. They are very ambitious about what they are doing, and I can be sure that they treat their livestock well,” Klaus once told Iceland Magazine.
The products can be bought all year round in Skaftafell and Freysnes, east of Skaftafell. Some of the products are used in restaurants in Höfn in Hornafjörður. As of this summer, the products will be available at the Farmers Market in the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Read more: Best of Icelandic food & drink: Part One

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