So authentic! 11 things to try in Iceland

It’s not a secret that travelling doesn’t include only visiting sights and enjoying sceneries, but it also means to discover a culture that can be much different from your own. We’ve made a short list of things that are very “Icelandic” that we had tested ourselves. :) So if you want to be like an awesome local you should try this:

1) To eat an ice-cream even when it’s cold

Yes, yes, strangely (for us) but often the ice-cream caffés are opened much longer that anything else! Maybe it’s the opposite thing of hot tea-drinking in Arabic countries?

independent people iceland ice-cream
independent people iceland ice-cream

2) To fish and to eat what you’ve caught.

A fishing rod can be found in every gas station and supermarket. In theory, the best way is to buy a license and fish salmon or trout in rivers. We tried an alternative variant for dummies (and for free) – going to any harbor and getting some flatfish.  It is very tasty as well, even though the Icelanders would never bite a piece, claiming that flat fish is dirty and reserved for the children fun.

independent people iceland fish
independent people iceland fish

3) To relax in a hot-pot.

A fishing rod can be found in every gas station and supermarket. In theory, the best way is to buy a license and fish salmon or trout in rivers. We tried an alternative variant for dummies (and for free) – going to any harbor and getting some flatfish.  It is very tasty as well, even though the Icelanders would never bite a piece, claiming that flat fish is dirty and reserved for the children fun.

independent people iceland hot spring
independent people iceland hot spring

4) To participate in autumn sheep collecting.

Around the end of September, the farmers start to collect all their sheep who walk around Iceland in order to get ready for the “winter”. And it’s a thing to see, even if it makes feel slightly uneasy for the sheep.

independent people iceland sheep
independent people iceland sheep

5) To eat Skyr with milk.

Around the end of September, the farmers start to collect all their sheep who walk around Iceland in order to get ready for the “winter”. And it’s a thing to see, even if it makes feel slightly uneasy for the sheep.

independent people iceland skyr
independent people iceland skyr

6) To spend a night in an isolated farm

Best way to try the atmosphere of rural Iceland. If you’re lost when the night comes don’t hesitate to knock at someone’s door, out of the capital area, people are much more welcoming.

independent people iceland farm
independent people iceland farm

7) To shop in Bonus.

independent people iceland bonus

The cheapest supermarket with the “widest” selection but with the most horrible emblem that we’ve ever seen in our life. Just look at this disgusting pig! And it followed us during the whole trip on the plastic bags of all possible sizes.

8) To learn how to knit.

We’ve lost our chance to be taught at school (as it’s done in Iceland), but it’s never late. Not sure that I’ll have enough patience to create an Icelandic sweater though.

independent people iceland knitting
independent people iceland knitting

9) No Blue Lagoon.

As it’s reserved mainly for tourists, naturally. Still we came to have a look, and it was more than enough: the crowd in the lagoon itself sobered us up, so we preferred the basic swimming pool.

independent people iceland blue lagoon
independent people iceland blue lagoon

Finally, here are two points that we failed to try, but maybe you’ll be luckier than us!

10) To take a ride in 4×4.

independent people iceland jeep

Even a short one, but it is part of local “new” culture, as well as these damned burgers.

11) To go in the mountains for several days with a couple of horses.

This is one of the usages that horses in Iceland serve for! So everyone who is fond of “bucket lists” – don’t forget to put it in!

independent people iceland horses
independent people iceland horse

Have you tried something very Icelandic? Tell us about it!

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2 Comments

  1. Enni Tuesday November 24th, 2015 at 07:43 PM - Reply

    beautiful!! really inspiring, thank you!!

    • independentpeople Tuesday November 24th, 2015 at 08:22 PM - Reply

      :) Awesome to hear that, thanks!
      But Iceland has really much to offer.

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