Scandinavia is an incredible region of Europe to visit! It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Norway, Sweden, Denmark or countries like the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Finland – there’s a whole heap of incredible things to see do, and of course, gobble down!

Of course, with everyone¬†vying for the enviable rights to be Scandinavian, there’s a whole ‘thing’ about what countries can actually be Scandinavian. Well, I’ve always been brought up with the notion that ‘the more invited guests to the party, the more fun you’ll have’ – with that in mind, I’m including the incredible Faroe Islands, Iceland and Finland here. After all, it can’t be just the bigwigs of Sweden, Norway and Denmark that get all that foody glory, am I right?

Anyway, before I ramble on anymore, I want to share some of the tastiest foods you have to try in Scandinavia. There’s a whole range of tasty meals you’ll love in Scandinavia, just don’t blame me for not putting your fork down. ūü§£

Take a look at the tastiest treats you have to try in Scandinavia ūüíõ

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1.) Slurp a bowl of Lohikeitto

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Although technically Finnish, we had the tastiest bowl of this while in the Norwegian Arctic Circle whilst sailing (and jumping in the freezing Arctic Sea). As you can imagine, this was such a warming treat, with chunks of salmon, potatoes and leeks all seasoned in with plenty of dill.

See our post from arriving into the Arctic Circle, here

2.) Grab a slice of Smörgåstårta

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This has to be one of my favourite Swedish dishes and if you like a hearty sandwich, this is for you, too! A¬†Sm√∂rg√•st√•rta is almost like a savoury cake. It’s built with layers and topping and decorated in a similar fashion – the only difference is that it’s not sweet! The Swedes even cut it like a cake! ūüėć

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3.) Have a tasty Kanelsnegl

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Kanelsnegls seems to be every where right now and totally in vogue in the UK and USA. I think we’d most likely refer to them as cinnamon¬†rolls but they’re more commonly known as¬†Kanelsnegls in Scandinavia. Originally from Denmark or Sweden (we’ll let them hustle for that claim), this tasty¬†cinnamon treat is amazing, especially when freshly baked.

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4.) Try Surströmming or Matjessill

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Surströmming is a typical Swedish food that roughly translates to picked herring or sour herring. Best served with freshly boiled potatoes, lots of chives and lashings of sour cream. The best thing about Surströmming is that you can actually pair it with lots of flavours too, like garlic, dill and even mustard for a little kick.

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5.) Grab a Kvikk Lunsj

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Yep, it has to be done. One of the best things that got me through our hike up to the top of Pulpit Rock in Norway was the masses of Kvikk Lunsj we had in our rucksack. I swear, these little chocolate fingers have been sent from the heavens and should be packed for every hiking trip!

See our guide on how to hike to the top of Pulpit Rock

6.) Grab a slice of Geothermal heated¬†R√ļgbrau√į

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When you’re in Iceland, make sure to stop off at places like the Frost & Fire Hotel or Laugarvatn Fontana geothermal pools where they’ll actually cook¬†R√ļgbrau√į from the geothermal activity in the ground. It’s a simple as digging a hole, placing a pan within the heated earth and waiting for it to bake.

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Nothing tastes as good as freshly baked bread and this is no exception. Partner it with lashings of butter and you’re onto a winner!

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7.) Grab a Pylsa (or Pulsa)

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I’m always unsure of which to use as they seem to be interchangeable but in English, we’d call them hot dogs! One of the things that most surprised me was how hot dogs seemed to be a ‘thing’ in Iceland. Obviously, no one wants to feel left out so I gobbled my way through a bucket load during our last visit.

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Make sure to grab a toasty hot dog from¬†B√¶jarins Beztu Pylsur hot dog stand in Reykjavik – you won’t be disappointed!

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8.) Chow down on some slices of Gravlax

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Simply put,¬†Gravlax is thinly sliced salmon which is often given as a little appetizer or ‘fil-me-up’. Sprinkled wih a little salt and sugar, it might also be partnered with potatoes or rye bread (and lashings of dill or mustard).

9.) Gorge on a¬†sm√łrrebr√łd

I love a good¬†sm√łrrebr√łd, which, I swear, taste best in Copenhagen! Think of a¬†sm√łrrebr√łd as a sort of open sandwich. It has no top but it’s piled with fillings such as fresh fish, meats, cheeses, salads, pate and spreads. There are a huge variety of different¬†sm√łrrebr√łds to choose from and it’s almost blasphemous to just try one…isn’t it? (That’s my excuse for eating more anyway) ūü§£

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Read our complete guide to visiting Copenhagen, here

10.) Enjoy some R√¶stkj√łt

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When we visited the Faroe Islands, we headed straight over to Barbara’s in¬†T√≥rshavn¬†– the tiny capital city of the Faroe Islands. Inside this stone and wooden cottage with a sod roof, Is most delicious sea food I’ve ever tasted! Make sure to try some¬†R√¶stkj√łt (which you can see drying on the walls outside). We had fish¬†R√¶stkj√łt mixed with a tasty broth.

Read our complete guide to visiting the Faroe Islands, here

11.) Have a bowl of blåbärssoppa

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This Bilberry soup is actually a different berry from Blueberry (from the USA). You can choose to have this hot or cold and even partner it up with things like porridge or just drink it if you wish. Whatever takes your fancy!

12.) Devour a place of köttbullar

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Anyone that’s ever been to Ikea has been coerced into ordering buckets of these delicious meatballs. Mixed with a creamy sauce and partnered with freshly boiled potatoes, k√∂ttbullar is a heartwarming meal that is delicious when paired cowberry sauce.

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  • Nina Wallander

    Being Swedish I just need to clarify about surströmming. Surströmming is not the same as pickled herring and is never flavoured with mustard, garlic or anything else.
    Surströmming is fermented herring from the Baltic Sea, most common in the northern part of Sweden and traditionally eaten with thin bread, almond potatoes and onions.

    Pickled herring is flavoured in different ways and is traditionally served on “sm√∂rg√•sbord” and “julbord”. You eat it together with boiled eggs and bread and drink snaps.

    Matjessill, soused herring, is served as you said with freshly boiled new potatoes, sour cream and chives. This is the traditional dish at Midsummer.

    All types I would say is more or less a acquired taste even tough many non-Swedish colleagues of mine like the pickled versions. Surströmming smells extremely bad and being brought up in the south of Sweden this is a dish I have only encountered once. It is usually served outdoors because of the smell.

    / nina

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Nina. Haha, you’re so right about the taste – it really quite smelly. Haha. It reminds us of durian fruit in Singapore (when it’s mainly eaten outside to avoid unpleasant odours). ūüĎÉ

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Deselby

        I agree with nina. You probably did not eat surstr√∂mming, they never serve it in restaurants. But ordinary sill or str√∂mming is not bad. If you had eaten actual surstr√∂mming, it would come under the headline “food not to eat…”.

        • Anders √Öhl√©n

          Actually restaurant Tennstopet in Stockholm serves it every year when the surstr√∂mming festival takes place. It’s a big event, and hard to get a table there.

  • Just to clarify, Scandinavia is officially only Denmark, Sweden and Norway. When including Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands we’re talking about the nordic countries. Nonetheless, all nordic countries have such amazing cuisine (being a DaneI’m of course the most proud of Danish sm√łrrebr√łd), and only two weeks ago I was having the best hot dog of my life in Iceland, the one you talk about in this post. Also tried to find the R√ļgbrau√į which you mention here, but unfortunately it is not that common and we were actually only able to find it at Laugarvatn Fontana.
    Camilla | http://cammi.dk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s so funny, that’s what we thought to but then we’ve been told some people include Iceland et al. We definitely think you’re right and the way you describe it makes perfect sense, Camilla.

      Ahhhh, the hot dogs are amazing right… but I do remember us getting some amazing hot dogs in Copenhagen too. ūüĆ≠

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • True, we do indeed do good hot dogs in Denmark too! (:

  • Maria Salomonsen

    Just wanted to add something about the Kanelsnegl(e): I’m from Denmark and I’d definitely say they’re best in Sweden! They put this sugar on that’s impossible to get here and it’s just soo delicious.! But, I’d say the meatballs that we do here in Denmark (frikadeller) are at least as good as the Swedish ones ūüėõ
    And Kvikk Lunsj in Norway! Got me all nostalgic, always get those when I’m there, they’re the best ūüėÄ
    Maria @ http://momentumtravels.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      ahhh, don’t let the rest of Denmark hear you say that, Maria. Haha!

      I swear we lived off Kvikk Lunsj during our hikes. It’s a good excuse to devour a bag full, right??? Lol

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Maria Salomonsen

        Perfect excuse ūüėÄ

  • Now I’ve been to Iceland , Norway is next on my list