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Hákarl – Putrefied Shark Meat

If you are planning a voyage to Iceland, while you are there you can have the unique experience of biting a shark, instead of having it bite you.  This is one shark you’ll want to bite, as it is putrefied.  Better known as Hákarl, this strange delicacy is worth a try – if you can get past the smell!

Hakarl Shark Meat
Hakarl Shark Meat Iceland

How is Hákarl Served?

Hákarl is one of Iceland’s more well-known traditional offerings, and is perhaps a bit infamous as well. Hákarl is typically served on a small plate, and is cut into small cube-shaped pieces that may look a bit like cheese to the untrained eye.  Using a toothpick, diners spear their fare, and then the true Hákarl experience begins.  Be cautioned that if you are like most people who try Hákarl for the first time, you will gag when you take your first bite.  Hákarl is generally accompanied by a glass of Brennivín, which is a good thing, as it helps to clear the palate of overpowering taste of this extremely flavorful cuisine. Continue reading