I always say it and I’m gonna say it again. Iceland is expensive so you would most probably go grocery shopping at least once to buy either food to cook, snacks for your road trips, or your essentials. We went grocery shopping thrice in our whole stay and I took some pictures of how much food is at the Bonus grocery in Iceland.
While there are other grocery stores in Iceland, I’m going to talk about BONUS because we’ve also shopped at another grocery store, 1011 and it was more expensive than Bonus. The Bonus store near our airbnb usually closes at 6:30pm so sometimes after we’re back from the tours, it’s already closed. 1011 is like 7/11 and it’s open 24 hours so when we need just a few stuff late at night, we just shop there even though it’s more expensive.
Please note that I have only been to one Bonus Supermarket and that is the one on Laugavegur because it’s near our airbnb apartment.
Here are the prices of some of the stuff that are in the grocery to give you guys an idea. Seeing grocery prices beforehand really helped me make a budget when planning my trip. This way, you can compare ahead of time if you want to cook or to just buy food. But this is not a complete list and I’m sure I that haven’t taken a photo of every single bit of item in there but I hope this helps!
For comparison: (As of today)
1 ISK = 0.43 PHP
1 ISK = 0.0084 USD
Bonus offers a wide range of baked goods from muffins, different kinds of bread, cookies, cakes and more. I find their prices reasonable because some of it is basically how it is priced at coffee shops here in the Philippines. It may not be as cheap as our groceries here but it’s okay considering it’s in Iceland.
Everyone visiting Iceland should try the Icelandic Yogurt – SKYR. I tried two flavors, the creme brulee and the mango and while I thought the mango flavor had a weird aftertaste, I loved the Creme brulee! It’s a different kind of yogurt because it has a thick texture. You just have to try it yourself to know. The price is quite reasonable but prepare to decide on which flavor to try! It comes in a lot of flavors but I would recommend you to try the Creme Brulee!
We also got ourselves some eggs and boiled them. They come in 6, 10 and 12 pack.
They have a variety of snacks that can fill you up while roadtripping in Iceland. They have sweets, junk food, cookies, protein bars, and many more. I personally love the Kokostappar (which you can also sometimes get for free at the Icelandic Street Food Restaurant). You should definitely try it.
Our pick up time was super early so we needed to eat breakfast quickly before they picked us up. Bread and cereals were our go to food for breakfast.
I’m not sure if it’s the same with all Bonus stores but the Bonus store near our apartment had literally a freezer room that contains all these frozen stuff (including eggs, milk and yogurt). We didn’t cook the entire time we were in Iceland but for those who would like to cook, they have a variety of frozen stuff from hotdogs, sausages, bacon, salmon and other kinds of meat.
You actually don’t need to buy water in Iceland because you can drink from the tap but their water smells weird (because of its sulfur content) so we never really drank from the tap. Their 2 liter water is around PHP 47 so it’s not too expensive. We just got ourselves a case of their 2 liter water and refilled them to our water containers.
Ready to Eat Food
Near the check out counters are some ready to eat food for those who are in a hurry. I think you just need to microwave these and they’re good to go. They have soup, sandwiches, and pasta and they are considerably cheap as compared to eating at a restaurant.
Not only does Bonus carry food items, they also have some winter clothing for sale. If you lost your glove or maybe need an extra layer of socks, and you just need to buy something cheap, you can buy them at Bonus.
Going to Bonus was something that I loved doing while I was in Iceland because I get to buy anything that I want and not worry about the price. lol I might have missed taking photos of some of the items there but again hopefully this helps! ❤