It’s the land of dried fish, sheep head, and shark, so it’s safe to say I had my reservations about how much vegan food I would actually find in Iceland. As it turns out, there are lots of great options.
In a bid to save some cash (because Iceland is VERY expensive) we did eat quite a few meals in our apartment. I took oats with me for porridge and found some strawberries and syrup at the local shop, and we made a giant pot of veggie pasta which lasted us two nights. However, when I did eat out I discovered some really tasty food.
The first place I found was Kaffi Vinyl which is a completely vegan bar/café and record store right in the centre of Reykjavik. There were lots of options on the menu including salads, sandwiches, pasta, and a burger. They also had cocktails and a selection of delicious looking cakes on the counter.
I had the Mile High Club sandwich which was filled with tomato, portobello bacon, avocado, lettuce, garlic aioli, dijon mustard, crispy fried onions, melted cheese and the biggest pile of crisps I’ve ever seen. It was really tasty, even if I couldn’t quite manage to finish all the crisps on the plate.
The second place I tried was a fast food restaurant called Aktu Taktu which I had read about online. It’s like McDonalds but a lot better. They have a selection of burgers on the menu including a vegan one which consists of a soya patty with cheese, salad and sauce.
I’ve never had an actual meat burger before, so it was a strange experience to even order a burger in a fast food restaurant, but I really enjoyed it. I also saw another girl come in after me and order the vegan burger too.It would be nice if there was another option on the menu, but it was much pretty than you would get in similar places in the UK.
So that was my vegan experience in Iceland. Have you ever been? I’d love to know your recommendations as I’m planning to go back sometime soon.