Grocery Shopping Prices in Iceland

As requested…FOOD PRICES in Iceland!

Hey guys it’s Jeannie, and today we are talking about groceries, and saving money in Iceland.

We all know that Iceland is expensive. I know, I live here, I deal with it every day. I try to remind myself, when thinking about the prices in Iceland, that I live on island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, that’s covered in lava. It’s expensive to buy food here, because you can’t grow things in lava!

Fun fact for you, when we moved to Iceland our grocery bill tripled. So the good news is you have me. Since then I’ve learned some trips, and tricks, and things like that to help you. My best advice is to go to a grocery store. Main grocery stores in Iceland are called Kronan and Bonus. But, but, but those grocery stores don’t open until 10:00 AM. What? What are you guys doing until 10:00? 

One thing to know is even if you drive out of Reykjavik you still will have access to grocery stores. So don’t worry if you are planning on starting your road trip right away, you’ll be able to stop at Bonus which is in a lot of the small towns around Iceland. There’s also a gas station that’s called N1, and they surprisingly have full grocery stores at some of their stations. So don’t worry if you have to leave Reykjavik right away. You will come to find more grocery stores.

One of my tips – Jeannie’s tips – tips by Jeannie! One of my biggest tips is to bring a soft-sided cooler. Super easy, because it can pack and fold pretty small and compact. So you can put it in your luggage. Buy some ice, keep some of your cold food in here cold. Highly recommend bringing a soft side cooler. So are we ready to go grocery shopping? Let’s go.

(In this video I take you on a tour of Bonus grocery store showing prices for fruit, vegetables, sandwiches + prepackaged meals, cheese, milk, eggs, skyr, butter, meat, fish, bread, peanut butter + Jelly, canned foods, pasta, rice, granola bars, gluten-free options, candy, snacks, coffee, tea, soda, alcohol wine + beer)

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  • Kathleen wiersch
    June 1, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Have you tried to bring in beef jerky from the states? We have a 16 hour layover – thinking of bringing most of our food for that day. Then we come back from the UK, wondering if we should bring anything from there.

  • Sarah
    May 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    LOL at the Barefoot wine pricing! #giveaway

    • Jeannie
      May 27, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      SERIOUSLY so ridiculous! See why I’m so adamant on my duty-free recommendation?!

    May 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    I posted a comment yesterday and today I found these: https://www.gobankingrates.com/retirement/50-cheapest-countries-live-retire/ Iceland is 106 of 112 and Argentina is 84, not so far 😉

    May 12, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Thank you Jeannie! Believe or not some of the prices are CHEAPER than in Argentina!!! Pepsi, milk, tuna, crackers and some others. And half of the population here erans 500 us dollars or less per month!

    • Jeannie
      May 27, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Oh wow that is so crazy to think! Thanks for sharing Maria – good news is you won’t be as shocked by the prices!

  • Cynthia
    May 10, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Even though I don’t have a trip on the horizon, I love all things Icelandic so it was a really fun watch! Mannnnnn how expensive is that alcohol? (I saw a 3L box of sangria at the supermarket here the other day for like $4) Have you ever tried the Tritlar candy? It was also chocolate covered licorice and I became absolutely addicted. (cry) I need to go try your favorite snacks next time!

    • Jeannie
      May 27, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      I think I have tried Tritlar, but candy is not my thing – I’m an ice cream or chocolate girl! Definitely try the licorice chocolate combo next time – life changing!

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