You’d be fine in Reykjavik.
You may not be able to have easy access to every amazing soy meat analog product available, but there are plenty of markets that sell breads, produce, spreads, and what have you. And, last I checked, there are three vegetarian restaurants in Reykjavik as well.
But eating out is expensive, so if you can get used to cooking at home very often, and live in one of the bigger cities in the country, I think you’ll be fine. (Regardless of diet, most people in Iceland cook at home anyway.)
I was in Iceland this past August. I’m also a vegetarian. There were three veggie restaurants in Reykjavik which were well equipped. The restuarant pickings outside the capital were slim but manageable. I only went into one grocery store and found it to be the same set-up as back home in Canada (just an increase in prices).
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I am not a vegetarian anymore, but still don’t eat mammals and I look out for vege food as much as poss. Of course there’s lots of fish to eat if you get desperate.
Reykjavik is like any good city in Britain – a couple of vege restaurants and most other places serve at least one vege option, there’s lots of pizza for example.
Iceland is Europe’s largest grower of bananas as they grow lots of fruit and veg under plastic/ glass heated geothermally i.e.virtually cost free, so it’s easy to buy fruit and veg in supermarkets, although more expensive than home.
Your best bet will be to live near a large town or city and cook a lot.
“Europe’s largest grower of bananas”??
Well, I, uhm, tend to doubt that… Of course they grow stuff in geothermal greenhouses, but it’s not cost free at all. And I know of one banana plant in Hveragerði, but the only Icelandic fruits/vegetables I’ve ever seen sold were cucumbers, tomatoes and mushrooms. The latter I highly recommend, anyway :)
UNLESS you are planning to work on a fishing boat for a year, trust me: you will be fine. The supermarkets all over the Island (ahem, Iceland) are filled with things even vegetarians can eat safely ;) If you have a weak moment, try the fish.
I went years ago and couldn’t really remember— but I found this great blog that covers just this topic:
Oh God yes, you will be able to survive as a vegetarian there. The bigger cities like Reykjavik, Kopavogur and Akureyi are very metropolitan and cater to that lifestyle. Out in the smaller cities, I couldn’t always guarantee. Just know that vegetables there are VERY expensive (most of it is flown in) and the selection is not always big. Stores like Bonus and Hagkaup have good prices for veggies. Samkaup is not bad for prices and 10-11 (or was it 10-14? I can’t remember now….) is very pricy.
Do you like Thai food? One of our favorite restaurants was Krui Thai at Tryggvagata 14 in Reykjavik. They do serve vegan meals there.
here is another good resource for Iceland. It is the local English language Icelandic newspaper/magazine.
Enjoy!!!! I am missing Iceland already!!!!!!
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