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Reykjavik Vegan Travel Blogs
The blogs below were contributed by members of our global vegan community who recently traveled to Iceland, and graciously shared their travel experiences with our community. Follow your fellow vegan travelers as they explore Reykjavik compassionately, meet local vegans and other vegan travelers, and share the amazing vegan food they enjoyed during their travels! They also share the sites they visited, the places they stayed at, vegan shops they found, and the activities they enjoyed doing during their time in Reykjavik. Some travelers visit animal sanctuaries and shelters in the countries they travel to and kindly share the stories of the animals they meet.
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After munching on some pita and hummus from Kronan, Shae and I decided to check out downtown Reykjavik.
We stumbled across this casual restaurant called Nat which caught our eyes because of the "vegan" sign on their window. Nat is a natural foods cafe with sandwiches, smoothies, juices, and a cold food bar. We decided to create a bowl from their cold food bar. You get to pick 5 options on a bed of lettuce and there were so many vegan options to pick from![caption id="attachment_19896" align="alignleft" width="343"] For dinner, I got lentils, potatoes, curried chickpeas, beans, and corn (on lettuce) in my bowl! They were all seasoned so wonderfully![/caption] [caption id="attachment_19898" align="alignright" width="540"] Gluten free options, too![/caption] 3. GLO Glo is a really cool more or less "upscale" restaurant. You walk in, order from a short menu of what is available that day (always changing) and then pick 3 side options. Vegan options, and the menu denotes what is vegan and gluten-free on the menu! We went for dinner one night and tried two of the three vegan options available out of the 5 options on the menu. The food was delicious and very fresh tasting! The beets were my favorite! [caption id="attachment_19921" align="aligncenter" width="659"] Mushroom soup with bread, watermelon and santa clause melon, quinoa cranberry salad, and potatoes. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_19924" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Raw basil bake with watermelon and santa clause melon, beets, potatoes, and a raw cracker.[/caption] 4. Vinyl Vinyl...oh vinyl. Vinyl has so far been hands down my favorite. The only 100% vegan place we have found. Cool lighting, artistic decor, and people DJing vinyls the entire time. We tried the samoa cupcake and hot chocolate. I haven't had a samoa since going vegan and I don't understand how they got it so PERFECT. I want to relive the moment of eating it over and over again. Wow. I hope we get the chance to come back and try more. Highly highly recommend. [caption id="attachment_19926" align="aligncenter" width="391"] Samoa cupcake. Basically true love. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_19927" align="aligncenter" width="376"] Hot chocolate.[/caption] 5. Joylato Joylato was an ice cream shop we just happened to stumble across while walking through the town. Of course, the "vegan options" sign caught our eye immediately and we had to come back later to try some. We are SO glad we did. They make their ice creams with liquid nitrogen on the spot so you have the choice between cow's milk and coconut milk. We spoke with the manager and she explained to us that the owner spent weeks trying to perfect the recipes to make the best flavors possible. They now have a selection of 4 perfected flavors. They also only use the best organic ingredients to make the healthiest dessert you can get. The shop has a connected "health foods" store with all sorts of supplements and products. The manager told us that she believes that you can have all the supplements you want, but joy really is the greatest medicine--hence JOYlato. We really had a wonderful time speaking with her and the ice cream was delicious. Wish we could go back again soon. [caption id="attachment_20034" align="aligncenter" width="409"] The outside signs that caught our attention! [/caption] [caption id="attachment_20036" align="aligncenter" width="652"] The colors of the shop are so inviting![/caption] [caption id="attachment_20040" align="aligncenter" width="455"] Organic Salted Caramel Supreme[/caption] Others There were some other food place we went by but didn't have the opportunity to try. If you are looking for something more, check out the place next to Joylato, a completely vegetarian (very vegan by looking at the menu) restaurant, or this health food store in the town next to Glo! [caption id="attachment_20042" align="aligncenter" width="669"] Next to Joylato! [/caption] [caption id="attachment_20043" align="aligncenter" width="542"] Vegetarian restaurant's very vegan menu[/caption] [caption id="attachment_20041" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Health store next to Glo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_20047" align="aligncenter" width="703"] They also sell juices and smoothies[/caption] [caption id="attachment_20046" align="aligncenter" width="583"] If you run low on your cruelty-free products, you can also get some here![/caption] Keeping it Simple There were a lot of places we wished to try, but to keep things a bit healthier and budget-friendly we had some simple meals and snacks in our hostel. Some easy, hostel-friendly meal ideas if you want to do the same are:
- Oatmeal with soy milk, bananas and agave syrup (we had for breakfast every morning)
- Pita bread with hummus.
- Rice cakes with jam.
- Canned beans and tomatoes (we ordered take-out thai rice to go along with it)
- Dates with Peanut Butter
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