It was hard to choose the most Icelandic desserts. There were a lot of contenders. We are pretty certain that some people will disagree with us, but if you have any suggestions for some additions to this list, we would love to hear them! For now, here are ours, along with some suggestions as to where to go and find them around town.
Eaten in Iceland for over 2 centuries, there are slight variations found in all Nordic countries. Kleina are slightly sweetened fried dough rolls that are often eaten with coffee. The dough is cut into special trapezoidal shapes with a special tool called a kleinujárn. The kleina is traditionally fried in tallow (a rendered form of beef or mutton fat) or in horse fat. They don’t make them that anymore though, with most opting for vegetable oil.