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Iceland’s Family-Friendly Seafood Festivals

Haddock, plaice and halibut ...

... catch a fish festival during your Icelandic road trip

Like most islands, Iceland has relied heavily on the sea throughout its history for its supply of food. Just as Japan has sushi and Sri Lanka has prawn curry, Iceland has a cuisine that reflects its rich fishing tradition. Haddock, plaice and halibut are popular on the menus here; so too are herring and shrimp. Hákarl, or putrescent shark meat, may not sound too appealing to the uninitiated but it’s a delicious traditional seasonal food in Iceland, and is often accompanied by a shot of local schnapps.

Put simply, the Icelanders like their fish. In fact, until around 1990, locals here ate more seafood per capita than anywhere else in Europe. Iceland now consumes more fish than any other country save for the Maldives.

It goes without saying, then, that visitors would be remiss not to sample the local fare, and what better place to do so than at one of the festivals which revolve specifically around the catch of the day. Dotted around the country, they can be easily reached with a hire car from Iceland’s capital Reykjavík.

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