Vanilla skyr (skyr með vanillu)
Skyr for drinking and eating

Skyr (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈscɪːr̥], English: ɪər/ SKEER) is an Icelandic cultured dairy product.[1] It has the consistency of strained yogurt, but a milder flavor.[1] Skyr is technically classified as cheese, although widely regarded as yogurt. It has been a part of Icelandic cuisine for centuries.[1][2]

Skyr has a slightly sour dairy flavor, with a hint of residual sweetness.[1] It is traditionally served cold with milk and a topping of sugar. Commercial Icelandic manufacturers of skyr have added flavors such as vanilla or fruit to the final product to increase its appeal.[3]


Skyr was brought from Norway to Iceland centuries ago, and though the tradition died out in most of Scandinavia, it lived on in Icelandic culture, and parts of Norway[citation needed]. Skyr is mentioned in a number of medieval Icelandic sources, including Egil's saga and Grettis saga. It is unclear how similar this was to modern-day skyr, as no detailed descriptions of skyr exist from this period. Culinary historian Hallgerður Gísladóttir has suggested that skyr was known throughout Scandinavia at the time of the settlement of Iceland, but eventually forgotten outside of Iceland.[4]

In Norway today, the term "skyr" is also used for other variants of cultured milk products – usually byproducts from cheese production.[citation needed] In its traditional use, it was diluted with water when used as a beverage, or mixed with milk and crumbs of flatbread as a quick meal.[1]

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