Where to Find the World’s Best Hot Dog

I enjoy a good hot dog as much as the next gal, but “amazing” is not a word I would use to describe most American hot dogs. Long associated with baseball games and summer cook-outs, hot dogs in the US are as ubiquitous as cracker jacks, pizza, and hamburgers — but they’re little more than glorified junk food and are often filled with mystery meat.

In Iceland, it’s a whole different ballgame. Icelanders are proud of their hot dogs, and rightfully so. Icelandic hot dogs are made with real meat — usually a combination of lamb, pork, and beef — and you can definitely taste the difference. They are nothing short of mouthwateringly delicious. Order one with everything and you’ll get a dog with fried onions, raw onions, sweet mustard, and a mayonnaise-based relish served on a lightly toasted bun. Some places also throw ketchup into the mix.

It took a lot of willpower not to eat a hot dog every day on our recent Iceland trip. Not only are they tasty, they’re one of the only cheap meals you can find in the country. Here are two of hot dog stands in Iceland. This is where to go to find the world’s best hot dog.


Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur in Reykjavik, Iceland

Its name translates to “The Best Hot Dog in Town” and they just might be right. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur has fantastic hot dogs and for under $3, you can try on yourself. BBP is a hot dog stand conveniently located near the harbor in Reykjavik, so you don’t have to go out of your way to find it. Icelanders are serious about their hot dogs; notice in the picture below, taken at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, that there are hot dog holders built into the table.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur in Reykjavik, Iceland (notice the built-in hot dog holders on the table)

Pylsuvagninn in Selfoss, Iceland

After a long day of driving, we were starving and on the lookout for cheap eats. Pylsuvagninn in Selfoss fit the bill. It’s a drive-through hot dog restaurant with tasty dogs. This was my first Icelandic hot dog tasting experience and I wasn’t disappointed. The novelty of driving through to order a hot dog, then having it delivered to the car, was fun, too. I would recommend at a stop (or three) at Pylsuvagninn if you find yourself in Selfoss.


Yes, this is a drive-through hot dog stand

Have you been to Iceland? Do you think that’s where to find the world’s best hot dog?