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South Icelands Culinary Treasures

Matarauður Suðurlands is a food-related project that Visit South Iceland carried out in collaboration with Matarauður Íslands.

The South Coast area is rich with diverse ingredients, whether from sea or land. This project does not only support tourism but also agriculture and the fishing industry. A holistic picture has been drawn of the diversity of food resources that the region has to offer by highlighting the South Coast’s food traditions, as well as mapping the food production of the South. By mapping this, it is possible to work more purposefully and intensively in product development and innovation in food production as well as branding of the area.

 

Map of restaurants in the South:

Food traditions:

The geographical location of the country largely shapes Iceland's food production. The South Coast has a temperate humid sea climate and there is a great difference in daylight depending on the seasons. Soil fertility varies by region, for example, due to weather, distance from the sea, and access to the lowlands, making each area unique in both diet and food production. History also plays a large role in this.