Lonely Planet review for Bjarnarhöfn
On the northeastern edge of Berserkjahraun is the farmstead at Bjarnarhöfn – a must for every traveller with a taste for adventure (literally). Smell that? Yup, it’s rotting shark flesh – the farm is the region’s leading producer of hákarl (putrid shark meat), a traditional Icelandic dish. The on-site museum details the fragrant history of this culinary curiosity by displaying restored shark fishing boats, harpooning tools, and explaining the fermenting process. Each visit to the museum comes with a complimentary nibble of the delicacy in question. Some say it tastes like a sponge dipped in ammonia; we thought it was somewhat similar to old cheese. Before you leave, ask about the drying house out back. If you’re lucky you’ll see hundreds of dangling shark slices being attacked by zealous flies (you’ll be glad you tried the shark meat before visiting the drying house!). To reach the farm, follow the signposts down a series of 2WD-friendly gravel roads leading away from Rte 54.