Travelogue: Culinary Adventures in Iceland

Iceland is a land of fire and ice – volcanos, glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, geysers. Its people are friendly and warm; its climate is considerably more chilly. Despite its short growing season, fresh vegetables abound, thanks to geothermal hot houses where produce grows abundantly. Surrounded by water, Iceland naturally turns to the sea for fish and seafood, which star on local menus. Sheep and cattle provide lamb and beef. Skyr, a traditional favorite that is a cross between yogurt and cheese, is a must for almost any time of day. If you need a boost, turn to a local beverage called Orka - a combination of ginseng, caffeine and guarana. After days spent in awe of the island’s stark yet beautiful landscape, you’ll revel in freshly prepared foods in rustic country hotels or upscale city restaurants. Although erupting volcanos might make the nightly news, the real story about Iceland is that it is a great place to visit – and to dine. --Story and photography by Barbara Ostmann