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Mar 14, 2000 10:27 AM

kosher in Iceland?

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Anything kosher available in Iceland?

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  1. I'm not aware of any kosher restaurants in Iceland, but I ate in two vegetarian restaurants in Reykjavik that were both terrific. Maybe that will work -- good luck.

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    1. re: Laurie
      Marvin Gruza

      I came back from iceland last week. Remember Iceland is a country of under 300 thousand people. Obviously there are no kosher establishments.

      However to my pleasant suarprise, as most food is imported (from britain norway and others) some food with 0-u's/o/k's can be found. This includes locally produced lox, some walsa bread crackers, and ketchup and spices.

      In short bring your own food, but some items can be found. As the country is generally cool, food stays well in a cooler. Fresh fish that I hoped to buy and grill, was not readily available, though disposable grills were at low cost (I had brougt my own just in case.) Icelandic customs was no problem with the food.

      Reguarding shabbos, most hotels use regular locks so this was no problem. Note that depending on time of year, shabbos day can be very long or very short.

      Interesting note. Big white building in Akurey with 2 jewish stars is not a shul (despite how it looks) but rather a masonic temple.

      In terms of seeing the beauty of G-d's creations, iceland is a good place to visit - just do not try to find a minyan.

      Feel free to contact me for further incites

      1. re: Marvin Gruza

        I plan to travel to iceland with my wife and 4 children in august. we keep kashrut strictly and would aappreciate any advice you have to offer. We are thinking of a 10 day trip . We live in Israel and speak English and Hebrew
        you may contact me directly at
        Shabbat shalom
        Doron Cohen

    2. Someone should let the Lubavitch know, sounds like a place in need of a Chabad house :)

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      1. re: MartyB

        I found this online:

        In the article "Norway - from Bergen to Trondheim" (CJN, Feb. 22), the author wrote that Norway has the smallest Jewish community in the world. In fact, the smallest Jewish community in the world is Iceland. There are about a dozen Jews that live there: two or three from Israel, several from the United States, two from Russia and a couple from South America, all of whom are married to Icelanders. The community meets for a seder, as well as for Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah.
        If you ask the average Icelander, he or she would say there are no Jews in Iceland; indeed, there is no official head of the community and almost all the above people are secular.
        Nevertheless, the smallest Jewish community in the world is Iceland.

        1. re: DeisCane

          A buddy and me went to Iceland 2 summers ago. I left the poster a email but to sum up....yes you will be bringing most your food. Some stuff can be found in supermarkets, and yes they can probably use a chabad house.

          Gorgeous country though and I recommend everyone try and get there.

          1. re: DeisCane

            Do you know who they are? i am currently living in iceland and yes,i have no found any jew over here, very tuff to find food and to do practice shabbots.I really want to continue with my practices but i will beliving here for a year, so i couldnt bring any food with me =S

            1. re: pawinna

              Most of these posts are from 2 years ago and more. You probably have most of the information.

              1. re: vallevin

                Do you have any information on Passover gatherings amongst the Jews in Reykjavik? I am also going to be in Iceland for a year and would be interested in getting together for the major holidays. Bless bless ;o)

        2. I traveled to Iceland in November of 2006 with a friend. We brought the La Briute meals and other snacks from Israel and the United States for our trip. Despite what the user Marvin Gruza says, not all hotels in Iceland use the manual locks. The Radisson SAS Saga hotel used the electric locks.

          Bonus are the cheapest supermarkets. Among the things that we found that were kosher (obviously they were all American/British kashrut symbols) were Cheerios, Peppridge Farm cookies (they were cheaper than in the United States, some crazy sale), Wall's Ice Cream (not Halav Yisrael) and many condiments and snacks (even a Turkish candy bar with a Badatz logo).

          So your only real option is to buy food at home and bring it with you. One thing not to try, the beer, it is vapid. Egil's namely was the grossest beer I ever had. The Thule export beer (which can be purchased in the airport duty free) wasn't that bad. The ones for domestic consumption are awful.

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          1. re: NYC2TLV

            Sorry to Hijack this thread for a second, but NYC2TLV did you not like the Viking Beer?? I thought it was one of the better beers I have ever tasted.

            1. re: NYC2TLV

              Marvin Thule wrote his post six years ago. It's likely things might have changed since then.

            2. Food is ridiculously expensive in Iceland, Peppridge Farm notwithstanding. ;^) You would do well to bring quite a bit of your own food and a pan to make fish with. Iceland has delicious fresh fish and most of them are kosher ( see Talking with your rav before you go might be a plan.