Last week I had the most amazing holiday in Iceland, the country is so beautiful and we did so many amazing things we will remember forever. I would highly recommend visiting and if you choose to do so hopefully this Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Iceland will help you.
I found gluten and dairy free items readily available in the supermarkets dotted throughout central Reykjavík, we used 24 7 and Krona. Krona had a large selection of Violife dairy free cheese and a number of gluten free items I bought for cooking breakfast and making pack lunches for our day trips.
There is also a health food store in the main street in Reykjavík, called Heilsuhusid. They stocked gluten free flour, biscuits, pasta, cereal and dairy free milk and yoghurts.
I made a number of breakfasts in our apartment due to us having to be up and out early for our scheduled day trips. On the last day we went to Edlur and Is Creperie. They have gluten and dairy free crepes which you can choose what you fill or top with. I went with peanut butter and fresh berries which I enjoyed with a freshly squeezed orange juice.
We tended to make our own packed lunches and take them with us – it was easy to make this suitable for me with the gluten and dairy free things I was able to purchase in the shops. Meat soup and its vegetable alternative is a very traditional and popular lunch in Iceland – we were lucky to be given this as part of our day trips – both were gluten and dairy free.
Icelandic Fish and Chips offer a good choice of clearly marked gluten and dairy free dinners. Located in the harbour and offering the freshest of fish I had oven baked cod with lemon and sundried tomatoes, oven baked chips and a beautiful salad of spinach, peppers, mango and toasted coconut. For dessert I had the gluten free chocolate cake.
Saffran also had a good choice of gluten and dairy free options, I went with brown rice, tikka chicken with curry sauce, roast sweet potato and salad. It was very tasty and reasonably priced.
After a long but amazing day dog sledding we got a takeout from the Nepalese Kitchen, you could also chose to eat in. I had the onion and mushroom bhajis for starter and achari salmon with cashew nut spiced rice – it was amazing.
Sushibarinn offers a wide variety of sushi which can easily be made gluten and dairy free, they even stock a gluten free alternative to soy sauce for dipping.
Glo is a healthy restaurant that always offer at least one choice that is both gluten and dairy free. I went with the raw pizza and three different side salads. Fresh and tasty – again we had ours as takeaway rather than sit in.