Have other questions about skyr? Learn more in our FAQs below.
What is skyr?
Skyr has been a dairy provision of Icelanders for more than a thousand years. It is a densely concentrated, cultured dairy product and much like Greek yogurt it takes 4 cups of milk to make 1 cup of skyr. It’s thick, creamy and packed with protein. Our skyr is unique because its made with Heirloom Skyr Cultures, which makes it the only authentic Icelandic skyr in the U.S. market.
Is your product made in Iceland?
No, we produce our traditional Icelandic skyr here in the US in Upstate New York using milk sourced from family-owned farms within 100 miles of our plant. We continue to work with the oldest dairy cooperative in Iceland, MS Dairies, to maintain the heritage and quality of our skyr. What makes our skyr skyr are the Heirloom Skyr Cultures from Iceland, not the location it’s produced in.
What are Heirloom Skyr Cultures?
Cultures are to skyr as hops are to beer. Or yeast is to wine. The type of cultures added determine its distinct texture and flavor. The Heirloom Skyr Cultures used for Icelandic Provisions skyr are particularly unique, given that they have been treasured and preserved in Iceland for hundreds of years. Our partnership with the oldest dairy cooperative in Iceland, called MS Iceland Dairies, allows us to use these cultures and produce traditional skyr, bringing you a real taste of Iceland.
How does skyr differ from Greek yogurt?
It is common to compare skyr to Greek yogurt, as they sit close together on grocery store shelves and share similar traits like thickness and protein. Only, skyr is not yogurt. Skyr has been a traditional dairy provision in Iceland for thousands of years and is made from its own unique skyr cultures. Icelandic Provisions skyr contains more protein and less sugar than the leading Greek yogurts.*
Is Icelandic Provisions skyr organic?
Icelandic Provisions is not certified organic, but not without reason. We are loyal to our dairy co-op of more than 700 family-run farms, all of which commit to feeding their cows a healthy diet with absolutely no growth hormones. All Icelandic Provisions products are made with natural ingredients and are free of any artificial sweeteners, colorings or preservatives.
Is Icelandic Provisions skyr gluten-free?
Yes, all Icelandic Provisions products are gluten-free.
Does Icelandic Provisions skyr contain GMOs?
No, Icelandic Provisions Skyr is free of GMO ingredients. We use only natural ingredients sourced from family-run farms.
Is Icelandic Provisions skyr vegetarian-friendly?
Yes. Icelandic Provisions is made without use of gelatin or other animal-based thickeners, and it is a good source of protein for those on vegetarian diets.
How soon after buying my Icelandic Provisions skyr should it be eaten?
In general, we simply suggest enjoying it before the ‘Best Before’ date located on the lid of our packaging. If you can’t find the date, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m lactose intolerant. Can I eat Icelandic Provisions skyr?
While we can’t say for sure what is best for you and your diet, many with lactose sensitivities are able to enjoy our skyr. Our straining process involves removing 90% of the lactose, making it friendly to lactose-intolerant people.
What is a cloudberry?
Cloudberries are very special and rare to find in the Nordic region. They are handpicked, gold in color and prized for their delicious sweet, baked-apple flavor.
What is a bilberry?
Bilberries are traditional Nordic berries that grow throughout Iceland and taste like a juicier, more intensely flavored blueberry.
What is a lingonberry?
Lingonberries are delightfully refreshing, sweet and tart—all in one bite. Found exclusively in the Nordic region, they are very popular throughout Scandinavia.
Is this the same Skyr.is I’ve purchased before?
We’ve given your favorite skyr a new name with new packaging, but it’s still made by the same people with the same Heirloom Skyr Cultures, and we hope you enjoy it just the same.
Where can I find Icelandic Provisions skyr in my town?
We’re making our way from Iceland to stores across the US. Please click through to the Find Us section of our website and enter your zip code to see if we’re in a store near you.
*On average, the flavored varieties of Icelandic Provisions contain 33% or ¼ teaspoon less sugar and 20% more protein than the flavored varieties of the top 5 leading brands of Greek yogurt.