Interesting Cuisine of Iceland You Must Try

When it comes to Iceland, one of the very first thing that come to people’s mind must be The Northern Lights. Well, it is one of the most ideal destinations if you want to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. You can see it best during the darkest winter days. However, Iceland is also popular for its unique authentic dishes. Its cuisine is interesting because the location of Iceland is at the north with no borders with other countries. The uniqueness cuisine in Iceland is mostly inspired by the ingredients found locally. And here are some of the best Icelander foods you must try:

Skyr

Skyr

This is a thick and creamy dairy product that has similarities with Greek yogurt. This is such an interesting dairy product because it has been around for about 1,000 years. Skyr is made from pasteurized milk and bacteria culture. This is such a healthy product because it is low in calories, carbs, and fats. However, it is high in protein, minerals, and vitamins. The flavor is also refreshing can make you feel more awake due to the hint of sourness in its sweetness.

Icelandic SS-Hot Dog

Icelandic SS-Hot Dog

Hot dog is one of the most favorites foods for Icelanders. Of the reasons for this particular food to be the favorite one is because Icelanders like simplicity. They like enjoying a hot dog with all the toppings come together. There are many food stalls selling hot dogs across the Iceland. However, the most popular and considered the best one is Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. It is a hot dog stand situated in the downtown area of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. 

Ice cream

Ice cream

You might think that just because they live in the northern area, Icelanders would not like eating ice cream. However, they eat it all year round regardless of the temperature. Ice cream after dinner is like a must in Iceland. The locals love to enjoy their ice cream even with freezing winds or snowstorm. It is also easy to find ice cream store or machine in Iceland and they are open all year round. 

Lamb dishes

Icelandic meat soup

Lamb is one of the most consumed meats in Iceland. The lambs themselves are free to roam around the mountains the during summertime. They are such healthy protein sources because they eat plants, berries, grass, and drink fresh water from glacier rivers. Many people said the taste of lamb in Iceland is exceptional due to their ‘healthy-diet’. Icelanders prepare lamb in various ways such as over-bake leg of lamb with potatoes. Or, they prepare it by slicing the smoked lamb thin and put it on traditional flatbread with butter. 

Icelandic meat soup

Icelandic meat soup

This one dish is popular particularly amongst tourists and visitors. This is a soup dish made with soft lamb along with vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, leeks, root vegetables, onions, salt, pepper, and herbs. This is a dish from generations and perfect to warm up body. That is why many locals and visitors love this particular soup that is hearty yet simple. 

Dive Trips to Bali: Meeting the Wobbegong Shark!

Dive Trips to Bali: Meeting the Wobbegong Shark!

When you are thinking about sharks, you might imagine big, torpedo-shaped fish with lots of sharp teeth in its big mouth, lurking around coral reefs in the search of prey. But have you ever seen a carpet-like shark? True to its nickname, the Wobbegong shark looks much like a carpet and spends the majority of its life motionless on the sea floor. The Wobbegong shark is quite rare to be seen. Not only because their camouflage skill make it hard to spot them on the ocean floor, but also because they don’t dwell in any ocean in the world. However, you can meet Wobbegong on your dive trips to Bali and here’s a story about this unique creature!

Get to Know the Wobbegong Sharks

The flat, well-camouflaged tasselled wobbegong remains quietly on the seafloor, waiting for unwary prey to swim too close. It belongs to the carpet shark family, which gets its name from the fact that it lives on the seafloor. The tasselled wobbegong mixes in nicely with its environment in coral reefs, thanks to its blotchy coloration and highly branched skin flaps that conceal its mouth and head.

Dweller of the Ocean Floor

Wobbegong’s scientific name really resembles its appearance. It’s Eucrossorhinus dasypogon, which roughly translates to “well-fringed nose with shaggy beard,” it’s easy to understand how this little guy may go overlooked. It uses camouflage as a feeding strategy and has a variety of different tricks under its sleeve for hunting prey.

The Shaggy Beard

Why are sharks nicknamed “shaggy” in the first place? The explanation for this is that wobbegong sharks appear to have a beard. They have whiskers (called barbels) around their nostrils and flaps of skin around their mouths and eyes, as well as on the sides of their heads, that look like tiny fins. The scientific name for the wobbegong shark family is Orectolobidae, which comes from the Greek words orektos, which means “stretched out,” and lobos, which means “lobe.”

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Finding Wobbegong Shark in Your Dive Trips to Bali 

Finding Wobbegong Shark in Your Dive Trips to Bali
GIli Mimpang, Bali

With the exception of the Japanese wobbegong, which is found in Japan, they are generally found in shallow waters near Australia and Indonesia. They enjoy clearer waters than others and can be found in bays, caverns, rocky bottoms, and reefs. This shark can be found from the intertidal zone to 110 meters deep on the continental shelf. Coral and rocky reefs, piers, and sandy bottoms are all frequent places to find them. They’ve also been found to swim in water that’s just deep enough to cover their bodies.

In Bali, they are most commonly found around Nusa Lembongan, Padang Bali, Gili Mimpang, and Gili Tepekong. The two Gili are especially famous if you want some shark adventure, due to having a shark cave in the area. Don’t be afraid to embark a scuba diving safari to Bali to see sharks! Seeing this lovely creatures gliding through the water is a sight to behold!

The Wait-and-Catch Hunter

Because wobbegong sharks are slow and lethargic, they do not aggressively seek food. Instead, they disguise themselves in sand and rocks, then move their barbels to attract smaller fish that the shark feeds on. The hunting habits of these sharks are characteristic of ambush predators.

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They Can Walk!

Meeting the Wobbegong Shar

If you’re lucky enough to meet the Wobbegong sharks during your dive trips to Bali, take time to observe their behavior. Because, what makes this carpet shark even more unique is that they can walk! These sharks appear to be strolling on the seafloor, with their fins pressing against their bodies. Even when they are active, they rarely swim, so they move around in a lethargic manner that resembles walking. Wobbegongs can even emerge fully from the water. When they go from one tidal pool to the next, they do this. They have little trouble finishing their movement after their gills have become moistened.

Are you ready for your amazing carpet shark encounter?