Purchase maximum limits from Airport Duty Free, then subsequent at Vínbúdin
Before we step out of Arrivals, we purchase the maximum limit that we can get from the airport. We saved abit of tax for the initial purchase of our favourite beer. Subsequently, we have to stock up from a shop called Vínbúdin. Groceries stores and supermarket only sells alcoholic drink up to 2.25% alcoholic level. Visit Vínbúdin, drink like a Viking.
Tap water is drinkable unless otherwise stated
You can drink straight from the tap! However, some taps have "egg smell" and it can be quite awful to drink. Do get some mineral water from the supermarket just in case tap water is not to your liking. Unless you are used to drinking Guiness Stout with raw eggs.
Icelandic hotdog, Fish & Chips, Lamb steak
There were recommendations everywhere online to eat Icelandic hotdog. We tried it mid of our trip and we were hooked! It lived by it's name and it's so good, we keep hunting for it. Most of the N1 petrol kiosk stores have it. They sprinkle fried and raw onions on it and we put all the sauces available inside. Heavenly! There is a famous Fish & Chips restaurant in Akureyri and we love it too! You can order the special fried Cod fish coatted with Doritos chips crumbs. Thumbs up! We tried the lamb steak but it's not fantastic.
1) Restaurant Sudur Vik: 16,000 ISK
2) Akureyri Fish & Chips: 6,460 ISK
3) Reykjavik Fish Restaurant: 14,040 ISK
4) Icelandic hotdog at petrol kiosk store: 390 ISK (with bacon 445 ISK)
Any N1 petrol kiosk with service store
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We are not big eaters. On average we ordered 3 main course in each restaurant for sharing. The restaurant we picked are mid-range not high-end. Hence, per pax cost roughly SS$32 to $36. While an extremely tasty hotdog cost S$4.50.
Instant noodle, rice & canned food from Singapore
We are not trying to save money on food but we choose the convenient method of filling ourselves. Sometimes, it is not easy to find food in smaller town. Hence, we packed a food list such as rice, instant noodle, canned sardine, canned luncheon meat, canned pork, canned chicken curry and brought it over to Iceland. We are allowed 3kg of food per pax to be brought there but do check the limits before packing into your luggage. We usually cook these for the morning breakfast, and we bought bread / ham/ cheese / lettuce so that we can make lunch and eat on-the-go. If you are like us, typical Singaporean, we will hit the first attraction when the first light is up so that we can avoid photo bombers. So most of the food stores / restaurant will not be open that early. Stocking up some food is gonna be of great help!
Chocolate / Sweets
Icelandic people love licorice! They have sweets with licorice, chocolate with licorice and eny other thing with licorice. Licorice have a strong taste and it's not to everyone's liking. Do make sure you buy some during your stay in Iceland, try them, before you buy the whole luggage tuffed with licorice with you back home.