It’s no secret that Iceland is expensive. So, like many tourists visiting the country, I often take my own food.
This isn’t to replace Iceland’s fantastic food – I still try that too. Nor is it to remove going to the supermarkets in Iceland altogether. But instead to cut costs where possible. With that, here are the 10 different foods I pack for a trip to Iceland.
A quick note on importing food into Iceland. According to the Government of Iceland, travellers can import up to 10kg of food duty-free, not exceeding the value of ISK 25,000.
1. Cereal Bars
Cereal bars are a fantastic, easy snack for taking to Iceland. They are lightweight, satisfying, and packed with energy-boosting ingredients to fuel your adventures.
2. Dried Pasta
If you’re staying in self-catering accommodation in Iceland, consider bringing dried pasta. You can buy pasta with or without sauces and customise it based on your taste and requirements.
3. Dried Rice
Much like dried pasta, dried rice is also an excellent food item to bring to Iceland. Dried rice is lightweight, easy to pack, and very versatile. Again, you can buy plain dried rice or rice with pre-added flavours.
Crackers are a fantastic snack to bring to Iceland. They are lightweight and easy to pack, making them great for putting in your bag on hikes or day trips.
You can eat crackers as is or combine them with simple spreads such as tuna, salmon, or cheese.
5. Noodle Packs
Instant noodles are a cost-effective and convenient option when travelling to Iceland. They’re lightweight, easy to cook, and come in various flavours.
Better still to cook noodle packs, while in Iceland, you only need access to boiling water, a cup or bowl and a fork. This makes instant noodles great if you are staying in hotels in Iceland without access to a kitchen.
6. Packet Soup
Packet soups are another excellent food item to bring to Iceland. They are lightweight, easy to store, come in various flavours, and only need hot water to prepare.
This makes packet soups great if you are staying in hotels in Iceland without access to a kitchen.
Porridge is another one of my favourite foods to take to Iceland. You can bring porridge in a sachet or bag form and only need hot water to prepare it.
8. Trail Mix
Trail mix is another great snack to pack for a trip to Iceland. By preparing trail mix before your trip to Iceland, you can choose a blend that suits your taste and dietary needs while also saving money.
Teabags are another cost-efficient and practical item to bring to Iceland. They are lightweight, compact, and easily stored in your luggage.
In addition to tea bags, you may also want to bring a thermos to enjoy a warm drink while exploring Iceland’s stunning landscapes.
Taking coffee to Iceland can be a cost-effective option. Preparing coffee at your hotel allows you to save money while still enjoying your preferred taste. Again, bring a thermos to enjoy a warm drink while exploring.