Some people worry about the food in Iceland (separate article about that particular kettle of pickled fish testicles can be read here); but whether you're on a tight budget, strictly vegetarian, or simply don't like soured sheep face jelly, you really have nothing to fear. Reykjavík's restaurant scene covers all the bases in impressive style.
It may or may not come as a surprise that cooking is a competitive international ‘sport' – and the Icelandic national cookery team gets a surprisingly fat wad of column inches here on The Rock. People are proud of them, and they, in turn, keep doing the nation proud. Having said that, the team was disappointingly withdrawn before the start of the 2012 Cooking Olympics (yes, they do exist) due to lack of team practice over the summer. The disappointing decision apparently showed great maturity and protected the team from any potential embarrassment.
Iceland is at the cutting edge of the modern Nordic cuisine movement and restaurants in Reykjavik are falling over themselves to offer you fresh local ingredients (including reindeer, seaweed, guillemot and mountain bilberries, to name a few) fused into international dishes which would stand proud in any city.
At the same time, Icelanders love their junk food and you will not spend long looking for an excellent burger joint or pizzeria.
In a marked turnaround from every single century ever before this one, food is now actually one of the top reasons to visit Iceland. From the simplest (and cheapest) bowl of lamb or fish soup at lunchtime, to the grandest of gastronomic good times, Reykjavik is the place to be. In fact, Iceland is the place to be – because you'll also find some world-class chow choices in places like Akureyri and Ísafjörður, and even deep in the countryside.
As you'll see on-board our planes, WOW air loves good food. As a result this article could easily turn into an encyclopaedia, so we'd better stop here for now. But here is a (slowly becoming) clickable list of a tiny few of our favourite Reykjavík eateries: