So, you’re gearing up for an unforgettable trip, but wondering…

Can I eat gluten-free in Iceland?

If you’ve heard me talk about yummy Icelandic hot dogs and the best cinnamon rolls in the world, you might be thinking about what options there are for you.

I’m so glad you’re here because I know how important it is to maintain healthy eating habits while traveling.  

In this guide, we’ll uncover gluten-free dining in Iceland, from savvy supermarket shopping tips to must-visit restaurants in Reykjavík and countryside eateries.

So, don’t worry, I won’t let you down!

Get ready to discover the flavors of Iceland without compromising on your gluten-free lifestyle.

Let’s get into it!

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Eating Gluten-Free in Iceland

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“Does Iceland do gluten-free food? 


I have traveled to many countries, and Iceland, in particular, is quite accommodating for those with dietary restrictions. 

Icelanders are aware that many people struggle with gluten sensitivities and allergies, which makes finding gluten-free options in Iceland generally quite easy.

And if you want to indulge in traditional Icelandic food, gluten-free options are plentiful because traditional dishes feature fresh seafood, lamb, and dairy products.

Whether you’re exploring Reykjavík’s trendy cafés or taking in the breathtaking landscapes, eating gluten-free in Iceland is definitely possible.

But, as with any sort of dietary restriction, it will require a little bit of planning. 

Let’s take a look at three different options for how to eat gluten-free while you’re in the land of fire and ice!

Bring Your Own Gluten-Free Food To Iceland

The first way to make sure you’re gluten-free in Iceland is to bring your own food.

Icelandic customs allow you to bring up to 6.5 pounds or 3 kilograms of food with you when you arrive in the country. 

This excludes raw foods such as meat, dairy products, or fruits and vegetables. 

However, if there are certain gluten-free non-perishable goods that you would like to bring with you, then you can guarantee that you have them. 

If you have certain gluten-free snacks that you LOVE from back home, you can definitely bring them in your suitcase! These are the perfect options for when hunger strikes and you’re in the middle of a trek or excursion when you might not have too many food options around.

Shopping Gluten-Free: Iceland Supermarkets

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From personal experience, you’ll find plenty of items and gluten-free food at Iceland supermarkets.

I’ve talked about it before, but I’ve got to say how much I love grocery stores when I’m traveling! 

It’s not just about saving some cash, although that’s definitely a perk. It’s also a great option to make sure that when you’re in Iceland, eating gluten-free meals is possible.

That way, you’ll have full control over all the ingredients in your meals.

If you’re looking to eat gluten-free, Iceland supermarkets will have everything you need. 

You can check out popular grocery stores like Bónus, Krónan, Netto, and Hagkaup.

They all have products like gluten-free bread, crackers, cookies, pastas, etc. 

It’ll be easier for you to find these ingredients in the stores in Reykjavík, so if you are traveling around the country, just make sure to stock up on these goods before you leave the city.

Another great place to look into is called Heilsuhúsið, a local organic store with a lot of really great ingredients, but this can only be found in and around Reykjavík.

If you’re not sure what to expect when visiting the grocery stores, I created an entire guide that you can check out here.👇

➡️ READ: Iceland Grocery Stores: Your Ultimate Guide to Smart Shopping

Dining Gluten-Free in Iceland

Most restaurants are pretty flexible and can cater to your requests if it’s not already on the menu.

If you find something you like, all you have to do is ask if it’s gluten-free or if it can be prepared accordingly. 

If you have celiac sensitivity, then you can always call or email the restaurant ahead of time when you’re planning your trip.

Gluten-Free Restaurants in Iceland

When looking for gluten-free restaurants, Reykjavík will be your best bet. However, there are also options outside the capital as well for gluten-free dining!

It’s always a good idea to let your server know that you are gluten-free whenever you are eating out.

Gluten-Free in Reykjavík: Tried & Tested

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These restaurants have been tried, tested, and loved by yours truly. 😃 And are great options if you’re looking to eat out gluten-free in Iceland.

  • Gló: Eating healthy can be delicious! Their menu features health bowls, wraps and soups.
  • Fiskmarkaðurinn: It’s known for its amazing seafood, but hands down, my favorite meal in all of Iceland has to be the lamb dish from Fiskmarkaðurinn, it’s incredible!  
  • Grillmarkaðurinn: Their main ingredients are sourced directly from farmers. In their tasting menu, chefs prepare food for the whole table to share. It’s a great way to enjoy dining out with friends. Keep those plates coming!
  • Apotek: They have an extensive menu and serve an incredible seven-course meal. Oh, and if desserts like chocolate mousse or apricot mascarpone make your mouth water, this is the place to visit!
  • Snaps Bistro Bar: A great spot to enjoy brunch or dinner. You can expect fish, steak, soups, salads and classic desserts like crème brulée on their menu.
  • Cafe Babalú: You’ll find a selection of coffees and hot beverages as well as crepes, grilled cheese and hot dishes on their menu.
  • Joylato: If you’re looking for gluten-free desserts in Iceland, then Joylato serves an array of sweets like crepes, brownies and more. 
  • Cafe Rosenberg: Offers everything you’d expect in a good café: coffee, cake, soup. YUM! 
  • Bergsson Mathús: A local favorite to enjoy a great breakfast!
  • Kopar: Where modern meets traditional Icelandic cuisine. Order their ice cream or sorbet for gluten-free options.
  • Saffran: Get a selection of healthier food at a reasonable price.
  • Sægreifinn: Known for its delicious soup and seafood.

More Dining Options In Reykjavík

There really isn’t a shortage of incredible places to eat out in the capital. Here are a few more options for you.

  • Tapas Barinn: Recipient of an Excellence award from Tripadvisor and named one of the top 10 restaurants in Reykjavík by My Reykjavík, the vibrant atmosphere, Latin music, and wonderful food make it a place worth checking out!
  • Sjávargrillið: A seafood and grill restaurant started by Chef of the Year 2010, you know that there’ll be something special on the menu!
  • Old Iceland: This restaurant is run by three brothers whose focus has always been on showcasing Icelandic produce in their dishes.
  • Grillhúsið:  Order a juicy steak or fresh salad at an affordable price – Win! Win!
  • Forrétta Barinn: They use fresh Icelandic ingredients to create Southern European flavors. Their Skyr mousse & rhubarb compote looks delicious!

If you’d like to check out the best food and drink spots in Reykjavík you need to check out this post I did👇

➡️ READ: Reykjavík Food & Drink Guide: The Best Foodie Hot Spots In Iceland’s Capital

Other Gluten-Free Restaurants in Iceland 

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There are a few notable restaurants around the country that also serve gluten-free. Let’s check them out.

  • Lava Restaurant: This restaurant showcases local cuisine made with fresh ingredients. It’s nice to know that if you plan on visiting the Blue Lagoon, gluten-free options are available on the menu. 
  • The Settlement Center: Located in Borgarnes, a town in West Iceland, this restaurant also offers gluten-free desserts in Iceland. Items like the beef burger can be made gluten-free on request.
  • Rub 23: If fish, meat, sushi, and great desserts are what you’re looking for, then Rub 23 in Akureyri, North Iceland is the place to be.
  • Vogafjós Guesthouse Restaurant: This quaint restaurant is located within a cowshed, In Mývatn, North Iceland.

Michelin-Star Iceland Restaurants 

For the globe-trotting foodies here, Iceland does have a couple of Michelin-star restaurants that cater to gluten-free diners.

Dill: With surprising flavor combinations on the menu, Dill makes local cuisine its focus. They also try to offer gluten-free alternatives for their guests.

ÓX: It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2022, and only offers one seating per night. Three chefs prepare the dishes and what’s interesting is that it’s located within Sümac restaurant. 

Sümac: This restaurant is owned by Þráinn Freyr Vigfusson, who is also the owner of Óx. This Middle Eastern-style restaurant doesn’t have a Michelin star yet, but they have been recognized by Michelin. Most of their menu can be made gluten-free but it isn’t a dedicated gluten-free establishment. If you’re celiac and cross-contamination is a problem, this won’t be the place for you as everything is baked/cooked on the same grills and pans.

Now that you see all the options available to you, I hope that helps you feel more confident about eating gluten-free in Iceland!

Iceland Guidebooks and Maps

When it comes to planning a trip, it’s not only about making sure you see the big attractions.

Don’t get me wrong, that’s important! But those little details, like knowing where to find the restrooms or health clinics, can also have a BIG impact on your day-to-day plan while traveling. 

And don’t even get me started on the importance of knowing where to grab some snacks or essentials at a local grocery store – especially if you want to eat gluten-free in Iceland!

Being aware of the best restaurants’ locations can be a game-changer!

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