Vegan Iceland

Written by Sam Daniels - 17 Jan 2018 5 minute read -

It’s no surprise that Iceland is a meat-eating country. Due to Iceland’s remote location and that is one huge volcano, very little grows here.

Traditional Icelandic dishes revolved around lamb and fish since these were the most common resources around. But today I’m not going to discuss the meat options but the vegan ones.
If you are vegan or vegan in training here are a few of my tips while trying to find food in Iceland.

 

1. Read the menu


Informing the server or staff that you are vegan is not enough. Vegan can be easily confused with being vegetarian here so read the menu and ask questions. For example, sometimes they use butter in rice

 

2. Cook at your accommodation


At the grocery stores here you can find plenty of vegan options.We recommend shopping at Kronan in Grandi. There they have plenty of meat substitutes, vegan cheeses, various nut or oat milk, and sauces. If you have time after your tours you can really cook a VEGAN gourmet meal.

 

3. Oumph


You can find Oumph in the frozen section at Kronan. This meat substitute has the texture of chicken and comes in many flavor options. My favourite is the BBQ. It takes a minute to prepare and with a few slices of bread and sliced veggies it’s perfect for a sandwich on the run.

 

4. Tours


While on your many tours or once you leave Reykjavik it will be very difficult to find vegan options other than rabbit food. I would recommend preparing your own food before heading out. If you make your way to the Golden Circle there is a wonderful Soup cafe at Geysir with wonderful vegan soup. Also in Snæfellsnes, there is a little cafe called Rjúkandi.

Here are just a few tips for keeping vegan in Iceland. If you have any other questions or recommendation please leave them below.

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Grand Golden Circle Tour

The essential tour for all visitors to Iceland. See history and nature collide with sights like the Thingvellir national park, the great Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall.

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Golden Circle with Secret Lagoon Tour

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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

Join us for a shorter version of our quintessential Icelandic tour. This version of our popular Golden Circle tour leaves a little bit later in the morning making it perfect for those who need extra time in the day for other activities.

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The most dramatic scenery Iceland has to offer will unfold in front of you as you travel along Iceland's southern coast to the town of Vik and back again.

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