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  – * Vegan Búðin
The world’s largest all-vegan store is located, that’s right, in Reykjavík, Iceland! Check them out and stock up on everything you could possibly need. Eating out is super expensive in Iceland, so it’s helpful to buy your own food as much as possible. Thankfully, Vegan Búðin shops around to make sure you’re getting the best price, so you can relax knowing you are getting everything you need all in one place, and for a fair price!

  – * Jömm
An innovative vegan food startup that started as a sort of pop-up (imagine a food truck with no wheels) but now their products are carried in many grocery stores. They also opened a counter-service restaurant at the Kringlan mall where you can grab some of their incredibly food and sit down to eat in their food court.

  – Aktu Taktu
If you want to enjoy the convenience of eating at a drive-thru like a normal human being, Aktu Taktu is a popular (often late-night) drive thru (and sit-down) fast food restaurant with a vegan burger served with vegan cheese, vegan mayo/sauce, and a vegan patty! And it actually tastes pretty darn good!

  – KFC
You read that right! All KFCs in Iceland now offer a vegan chicken, with vegan mayo! It’s called the “Ekki Kjúkling” (“not chicken”) and you can get it on a bun, on a twist, etc… You’re welcome! You can have KFC again as a vegan here in Iceland!

  – JUST GOOGLE IT!
Seriously, things change SO much in Iceland from one year to the next. It seems that every time I go, I need to redo this entire list. So just use Google Maps, search for “vegan” and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Honestly, there are SO many vegan places and vegan options since my last visit there, I haven’t even bothered to add them to this list. I would honestly say Iceland is one of the top ten MOST vegan-friendly countries in the world.

  – Ice Cream! (Brynja)
Careful, there are some places in Iceland that advertise “vegan ice cream”. And then you get there and realize – it’s just sorbet. *sighhhhhhhh* But there is a place called Brynja that has vegan ice cream, including vegan soft serve. They once even custom-made me an Oreo milkshake at my request! Find them on Facebook here.

– Ólis (24 hours)
Icelanders will be like “Why are you recommending that place???” It’s a gas station, but with some groceries and a small kitchen and grill. The only reason I mention this place is because it’s open 24-hours. If you absolutely NEED a place to eat or congregate when all else is closed, this place is there as an option. You can order many non-vegan sandwiches, but this place added a vegan burger to their menu. It’s not the tastiest vegan burger patty you’ll find — if you’ve ever had that sort of Dr. Praegers veggie burger – the blah kind they serve in most NYC diners – but in recent years they’ve really dressed it up with vegan cheese, onion rings, pickles… It’s a pretty impressive, loaded burger! This is sort of where people in Iceland would go after a night of drinking if they need to get a hot meal to soak up the alcohol. So that’s kinda what you can find here, but seriously, in recent years even this vegan option has become a pretty competitive (read: delicious) option. I do recommend it!

– FRENCH FRIES!
When I tell Icelanders that you can’t eat McDonald’s french fries, they find that so odd. “But they’re just potatoes fried in oil with salt!” I’m not sure where else in the world we have to avoid their fries, but in Iceland, you can safely assume fries are always vegan. Here’s some interesting trivia! Iceland used to have McDonald’s. But after the economic crash of 2008, badasses that Icelanders are, they basically gave McDonald’s the boot, said they could no longer afford them, but they kept all the buildings and recipes and the general concept. So somehow, McDonald’s agreed to let them continue to operate, now called “Metro”. If you walk into a Metro, you’ll find it eerily similar to a McDonald’s, but with noticeable differences as the menu has been innovated and bends a bit more towards Scandinavian fare. But when I first visited Iceland as a vegan, I loved going to Metro and gorging on fries! JUST REMEMBER THIS ABOUT ORDERING FRIES!!! At most places (especially drive thrus) if you order a “large order of fries”, you will get basically half a grocery bag filled with fries! Here, it is assumed when you ask for a “large order” of something you are asking for enough to feed a family. So just start with whatever portion they recommend. Also, Icelanders almost ALWAYS eat french fries with a spice called Kartöflukrydd (“potato spice”). I can’t explain it, but it’s delicious and anywhere you order fries, you’ll usually be offered a little spice packet of this stuff.

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Sure, there is lots to do in Iceland, but I can really only recommend doing the things that I go there to do.

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