As it turns out, there was no reason to be worried about the food while in Iceland. I’d been told to expect lots of lamb (true), but was pleasantly surprised by the eco-friendly factor that makes eating vegan easier than in the states. Everywhere we went had at least one (or more) vegan options.
The highlights being the incredible rye bread and the continental breakfasts with amazing berries and melons I’d never tried before. Chia pudding, muesli, yogurt and smoothies. Fuel necessary for a day of hiking! Some lox and skyr butter may have ended up on my plate too 🥰
Our group also made a pit stop while touring the Golden Circle at a famous tomato restaurant. The dining room is IN a giant greenhouse! It was a magical escape to warm up from the inside with a bit of nostalgic comfort food, quite literally farm to table.
There’s quite a diverse culture in Iceland as it attracts visitors from around the world. It felt refreshing to get out of the US into a place that honors the land so deeply. There is a reverence and things/food do not go to waste. I loved the colorful murals on buildings In Reykjavik.
I stopped in at a wine bar In Reykjavik for some delightful tapas (sunchokes with hazelnuts and celery oil, hummus and Shishito peppers.) The wines were exceptional and I had never sampled any from Czech or Austria (sparkling pinot noir). Happy as a clam after a long day of sightseeing!!
Speaking of which…the scenery is beyond awesome. The saying goes that you can experience all types of weather in a single day in Iceland and I did!
Glacier hike was the highlight (crampons included), along with black sand beach, northern lights, a crater lake and the waterfalls. We did 2 geothermal spas and my little hostel room overlooked an outdoor lap pool at the local school. I watched the team practice one evening under the full moon! It’s of course heated using geothermal energy.
I would love to go back and see the north side. The diversity reminded me of a cold version of Kauai 😉
Would highly recommend to all travelers, even wimpy cold-averse ones like me.