Icelandic Christmas Menu: A Festive Feast - Hotel Rangá


Platters of cured salmon at Hotel Rangá's Christmas buffet.

Icelandic Christmas Menu: A Festive Feast

Savour the fabulous flavours of Iceland’s traditional Christmas buffet. One of the most memorable experiences for travellers visiting Iceland in mid-winter must be the glorious and somewhat gluttonous celebration buffet.
Salmon served at Hotel Rangá's Christmas Menu.
Cured salmon is a popular Icelandic Christmas dish.

The shorter days mean that more activities and festivities take place indoors. These indulgent winter buffets certainly feed the body and soul. The Christmas buffet in Iceland is by nature big, bold, and bountiful and Hotel Rangá’s Christmas menu is no exception. Laden with hearty fare and overflowing with flavor, they are a mouthwatering sight to behold.

Traditional Icelandic Chrismass Buffet at Hotel Rangá
Traditional Icelandic Christmas Buffet at Hotel Rangá

Begin gently with a spicy glass of jólaglögg (mulled wine) and then get settled for a long evening. Start off with a fish or mushroom soup then move onto the heartier delicacies such as platters of smoked and cured meats and fish; duck, goose, lamb, reindeer, salmon, trout, and herring are all classic ingredients.
Sample classic caramel glazed potatoes, delicious pates, and rich flavorsome sauces.

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The Hotel Rangá Chef's at our Christmas buffet
The Hotel Rangá Chef’s at our Christmas buffet

If you have conquered the numerous Icelandic savory specialties then finish off with sweet homemade cakes, desserts, cheeses, and fruits. Accompanied by live music, Rangá’s festive feasts are held every Friday and Saturday in December.

Chrismas Buffet holiday tradition in Iceland


The Icelandic Yule Lads

In Iceland, we have more than one Santa – we have 13 of them and they have parents and even a cat. To learn more we recommend our blog about the yule lads. 

The Icelandic Yule Lads
The Icelandic Yule Lads

To learn more about our seasonal menus go to the Rangá Restaurant page or just cook your own Christmas starter at home with our citrus cured salmon recipe.

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