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l337_v3g4n_1
Aug 15th, 2004, 12:38 PM
This forum is for anyone from Iceland who wants to discuss veganism or vegetarianism or anyone not from Iceland who wants to discuss veganism in Iceland :D

Korn
Aug 15th, 2004, 02:58 PM
Errr.... which forum? I guess you mean this thread? :) Welcome, by the way!

l337_v3g4n_1
Aug 15th, 2004, 03:46 PM
Errr.... which forum? I guess you mean this thread? :) Welcome, by the way!

eh, yes... :rolleyes: anyway, thanks for the welcome, I'll be hanging around this place for a while, probably like a few years o'something. :D

l337_v3g4n_1
Aug 24th, 2004, 10:50 PM
...I'm sad. No icelanders.... *cry* Aren't you even interested? :(

...kidding, I'm not sad. It would be cool if anyone that has been to Iceland, has Icelandic friends, etc etc etc would post here. I really need to find some vegans in Iceland. I really do.

negavert
Sep 2nd, 2004, 08:56 AM
Well, I've never been to Iceland, but for some reason I am attracted to the idea of visiting someday. Probably because to the average American, Iceland doesn't even cross their mind, anytime, much less giving thought to traveling to there. The only thing Americans know about Iceland is Bjork and (for those a little bit hipper) Sigur Ros.
I do wonder about the possibility of being vegan there. Knowing that Reykjavk and other cities are supported by the fishing industry (isn't there an Icelandic saying or word equating the smell of fish processing to the smell of money?), I can't imagine that vegans would be well served there. So how hard is it for you?

l337_v3g4n_1
Sep 3rd, 2004, 11:43 AM
Well, I've never been to Iceland, but for some reason I am attracted to the idea of visiting someday. Probably because to the average American, Iceland doesn't even cross their mind, anytime, much less giving thought to traveling to there. The only thing Americans know about Iceland is Bjork and (for those a little bit hipper) Sigur Ros.
I do wonder about the possibility of being vegan there. Knowing that Reykjavk and other cities are supported by the fishing industry (isn't there an Icelandic saying or word equating the smell of fish processing to the smell of money?), I can't imagine that vegans would be well served there. So how hard is it for you?

well, actually it's pretty neat here, a lot of vegan things in shops, and most of the kids I meet say: "oh, cool, youre a vegan? wow, how is it? you must get pretty cool food!" so I'm very lucky abut that. :D Um, about the fish thing, yeah, that's true, but It IS possible to be vegan here, pretty easy actually. somewhere around here is a vegan resturaunt, I'm going there soon, and looking forward to it!

Tofu Monster
Sep 12th, 2004, 03:21 PM
I've always been fascinated by Iceland and would love to tour it one day.

But don't they eat sheep heads for snacks over there? :(

l337_v3g4n_1
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:32 PM
I've always been fascinated by Iceland and would love to tour it one day.

But don't they eat sheep heads for snacks over there? :(

:D :D :D LOL no, not as snacks! but there is a special holiday when people eat rams balls, sheep heads, pickled rams balls and some stuff I don't know about. Never liked that holiday. Some people eat shark, which is salty, and one time when I tried a incy tiny bite (before vegetarianism) I had diarhea for two days. yuk! Anyway, you should visit Iceland, it is the most beautiful european country I've been to (ok, so it's the second most, so?) but Icelanders are doing whatver they can to destroy it :( do you know about the GIANT COLOSSAL dam they are building? it is so they can generate electricity for an aluminium factory, it will drown much of the beutiful nature here :( :mad: :eek:

but anyway, the downtown life here is great fun, and there is a vegan resturaunt in town. hey, mabe I'll see you there someday :p

pistachio
Nov 1st, 2004, 09:16 PM
hello hello!!
are you still here?
I'm icelandic!!!
:D

Andie
Nov 1st, 2004, 10:05 PM
Hi,
I've talked to some people who lived on a UN military base in Iceland. They said it was beautiful and was a sought after location.
Does Iceland celebrate Halloween? Are the days getting short yet?

l337_v3g4n_1
Nov 4th, 2004, 01:54 PM
Hi!!! Wow, never thought Id find an Icelandic vegan here... M g tala slensku? :p Yes, the days are getting shorter here, and no, we dont do Halloween, we do "skudagurinn" which is when we go to Shops and sing. I cant be bothered to write more about it right now, Im at chool, so ask me if you want more info :D

tails4wagging
Nov 9th, 2004, 11:53 AM
I dont think I could survive in Iceland as I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, as it is, I just want to hibernate like a dormouse when our days get shorter here in the UK. If I lived there, no one would ever see me!!.

Does Iceland still slaughter the minke whales?.

l337_v3g4n_1
Nov 24th, 2004, 01:10 PM
I dont think I could survive in Iceland as I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, as it is, I just want to hibernate like a dormouse when our days get shorter here in the UK. If I lived there, no one would ever see me!!.

Does Iceland still slaughter the minke whales?.


haha, in summer there is actually one day without darkness! summer is very sunny here, so you'd be fine. I dont know about the whales, Ill check it out sometime soon


p.s. sorry for the late responce

semilla
Nov 23rd, 2005, 11:19 AM
Hi, Im from sweden and Im going to live in Rejkjavik January-July and I would like to meet vegans there. I am also looking for places to go, like cafees, were I can meet people like me.

Bristol Kev
Apr 14th, 2006, 07:35 PM
HI, sorry to butt in, but myself, my girlfriend Zoe and a friend are visiting Iceland from the Uk this August. We'd love to know of any good vegetarian/vegan eateries, or of anywhere to stay/visit that operates according to fair trade/ethical principles.


Also, a little bit cheeky I know, but does anyone there have a car they can lend us for a few hundred pounds? All the local firms seem to want thousands and we only want a runabout for a fortnight.

sosmixchild
Apr 23rd, 2006, 08:42 AM
Now I admit, I'm not scandinavian, but a Brit whos off to Iceland in a matter of months, and I caaaaaaaan't wait! :D
But perhaps here is the perfect place to ask advice. When I booked with the guesthouse I'm staying in late last year, I told them I was a veggie and would they be able to cater for that? They said they could. Now even I didn't know I a few months later for me eggs and milk would be off the menu, so now I pity the nice sounding woman in the guesthouse, any ideas of what Icelandics think of vegans??

Will I heard nothing but low muttered foreign swear words (not that I'd know, as all I'm learning are a few of the polite ones!). I know they're big on their fish...will it seem offensive of me not to join in, does an Icelandic vegan exist or are they nothing more than a myth there, spoken only around camp fires by wise men when they speak of days of old...

Hehe :D Thank you, or should I say Takk, for any advice.
Wish I was on that plane now....can't wait!!

geysir111
May 14th, 2006, 01:23 PM
Goan dag Neptunus og others! :)

I didn't know you post a thread about Iceland, you should have tell me so...

I became vegan in Iceland. Seeing so much suffering and exploitation was a revelation for me. I thought about it and give up quickly to eat the few tiny part of animals I was eating, becoming back vegetarian, and I thought about animal exploitation and found it wrong, then I become vegan... in Iceland, thanks to Yggdrasil among others.

2 months after I left Iceland, I had becomed a "complete" vegan... :)

Bless bless

Christophe

TofuFooYung
May 22nd, 2006, 02:23 PM
HI, sorry to butt in, but myself, my girlfriend Zoe and a friend are visiting Iceland from the Uk this August. We'd love to know of any good vegetarian/vegan eateries, or of anywhere to stay/visit that operates according to fair trade/ethical principles.



In and around the main shopping street in Rekjavik there's a few vegan/veggie places (you'll find them on the Happy Cow website).. . When I went, the main ones were shut over the bank hols :( Luckily we took lots of dry veggie food with us so if there was ever a dilemma, we could eat from our stash of snacks and take packed lunches with us :) I'd recommend doing this, as if you go on any kind of day trips, you might have a hard time finding somewhere- or anything at all- to eat.

Iceland is such a beautiful place, and the scenery can look really alien (in a good way!). Also, the air was a pleasure to breathe :-)

KisanGigja
Aug 16th, 2006, 02:02 AM
h!!
g er einmitt komin heim! En hvernig finnst r a vera vegan hr?
g er alltaf a hanga Yggdrasill...og Heilsubini...en allir halda a g er eitthva kex ruglu!
g er sko a fara a flytja til Skotlands hskla...og b Frakklandi en sjiiiit hva a er erfitt a vera vegan hrna...at least nlagt flki sem fattar varla grnmetis tur!
vri alveg til a ver sambandi!

nickysr
Aug 16th, 2006, 05:03 PM
Hi there
Not Icelandic! but went for an amazing short break there last year - found amazing food.
Didn't realise all manner of fruit and veg are grown in the geothermal? greenhouses - had amazing meals in both the the hotels we stayed in country and city - fancy vegan stuff in the country retreat place! We had a different 3 course meal there specially cooked each evening.
Also loved the vegan restaurants in the city - went to two - both great.
Can appreciate that living there, food can maybe get tiresome as looking in the supermarkets, there seemed not to be much more than soya yoghurts!
but wanted to post to say how fantastic a time we had and thet the food we had was amazing (as was the hospitality) and the Geysers were smoking!!!
Also spent most days in the public outdoor spas chatting with the locals!
Sorry if it's off thread but loved Iceland!
Nicky

Neptunus
Sep 17th, 2008, 04:25 AM
Well, time to resurrect this ole' monster. That guy up there, with the bad spelling and the funky avatar, that's me.
So, since the Icelandic vegetarian society (and their entire website) seem to have disappeared for good, I'm going to attempt to spark some fresh discussion here. It seemed appropriate to use the old Icelandic thread as the vessel. So, any Icelanders around, these days?
I guess many Icelandic vegans must hang around caf Hljmalind (organic caf in Iceland, very nice), but I'm no good at getting to know people like me through cafs and other such places, so I ask here instead.

-n

Nyphur
Dec 22nd, 2008, 12:20 AM
Thread's a little old but if anyone has any info on being vegan in iceland, please let me know. I can't find any information on the cost and availability of anything, even potatoes. I also can't find any info on importing food or how good online delivery is. I'm being led to believe that online delivery to iceland simply isn't possible and eating vegan is impossible but clearly there's at least one icelandic vegan here.

Windfall
Jan 4th, 2009, 08:23 PM
vegans of iceland! Help me out here!

I'd love to go and do some season work in iceland and not in the fishing industry - is this possible? And no, I dont speak icelandic but swedish, norweigan and a bit of danish, but id love to learn some - beauuutiful language!

whats it like being vegan in iceland?

Opheliac
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:20 PM
I want to learn Icelandic, too. It looks so weird to me, but also interesting - especially the different letters like the "". It's not pronounced like "p", is it? ^_^
And I'd love to visit Iceland someday, but it's pretty cold there, eh?

Neptunus
May 8th, 2009, 03:34 AM
As Iceland got hit pretty hard by the credit crunch, it may be affordable to visit here these days. Our currency's value got cut in half months ago, so tourists may have an easier time.
Opheliac: The language is pretty difficult! sounds like "th" in "thorn" or "thousand" : ]
It does get pretty cold in the winters (and spring and autumn, too), but the summertime is quite pleasant.

Windfall: The unemployment rate here is around 10% at the moment, so finding work could be quite difficult. I do not recommend trying until our economy becomes more stable. Being vegan here is tolerable if you're not too dependent on specialty goods like vegan ice cream or nutritional yeast - we don't have an amazing variety of good vegetables either, but it's more than enough to get by on. I don't eat out much (last time I ate out was more than six months ago), so I don't know the status on that, but I think there are a few good places that serve vegan food.

Nyphur: Online delivery of food is quite uncommon, possibly unheard of here in Iceland, I'm really not sure of it. Veggies can be a bit costly, but the priciest items are the specialty foods (although, as I mentioned above, we don't have a very wide range of them). On a positive note: Store-bought bread is mostly vegan here, unlike in the USA where honey is ubiquitous (in the states I've visited, at least). One should be careful with bakery-bought breads though, of course. Reading the labels on foods can be difficult even for Icelanders, as much of the food we get is imported from other Scandinavian countries, and thus does not have the ingredients list in English.

Sorry for the late replies, everyone! I haven't been active on these boards for a while.