The New Yogurt: Iceland’s Skyr

Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. Interesting enough, it has been made for more than 1,100 years.


Skyr is a thick, creamy, strained yogurt with a high protein. Yogurts produced by Yoplait, Dannon, Stonyfield farm, Kroger, Oikos and Chobani can be loaded with sugar (up to 25 g per serving). The skyr produced by Siggi’s contains less sugar (8 to 11 g) and more protein (14 to 15 g) per 5.3 oz cup. You really can’t beat this significant reduction in sugar unless you buy plain unsweetened yogurt and add your own fresh or frozen unsweetened fruit.

Why eat Skyr, the Icelandic yogurt? Here are a few really good reasons in addition to the low sugar and high protein reasons.

Skyr (“Icelandic yogurt”) is:

  • all natural
  • made from the milk from grass-fed cows
  • free of aspartame, sucralose, gelatin, artificial colorings, preservatives and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

Siggi’s Skyr is relatively new on the yogurt scene in the United States. Where can you purchase it from? In my area (western central Wisconsin), it is found at Target and Whole Foods Market.

Siggi’s Vanilla Skyr with only 9 g of sugar, 15 g of protein and 0 % milkfat

If you are the type that you would rather try to make Icelandic yogurt yourself, check this out! I may try to make a batch this holiday season with the help of my husband (Eddie) and my sister (Eleanor).

December 29th: Tried some of Siggi’s Skyr today. It was very thick and creamy. Low on flavor and definitely low on sugar. I would buy some again but need to add more no-sugar added fruit to it.