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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Yggdrasill
by baratron

Review: In Reykjavik, it seems that all of the organic & wholefood shops and vegetarian restaurants cluster together. There's a number of interesting food shops within a 5 minute walk on the streets Skólavörðustígur, Klapparstígur and Laugavegur. Yggdrasil is the original organic shop and in many ways still the best. It is mostly a food and drink shop, but also carries some toiletries, vitamin supplements and household cleaning products. They don't really specialise in vitamins and if you're looking for them, you may wish to try one of the other nearby shops, e.g. the one at Skólavörðustígur 8. The food range includes items imported from Western Europe plus a number of locally-produced items. As a Brit, I recognised the brands Clipper, Biona, Alpro/Provamel and Molenaartje, as well as Weleda toiletries and Ecover cleaning products. They have refrigerated and frozen foods, including both organic dairy and vegan soya ice creams - in large pots and also individual portions for travellers! (How many times have I visited a foreign country, been staying in a room without access to a freezer, and had the options of a pint of ice cream that won't last or no ice cream?!) Depending on where you're from, you may find the prices expensive - this is true of Iceland in general. Personally, I only found British-made products pricey. Many of the European brands, such as Provamel and Molenaartje, were exactly the same price that I'd pay at home. Some things were even cheaper. Like many shops in central Reykjavik, Yggdrasil closes at 4 pm on Saturday and is not open on Sunday. So a certain amount of organisation is needed. However, it's worth noting that in an emergency, the 24 hour supermarket 10/11 carries several Alpro and Provamel soy milks plus a few other vegan items. You'll want to go to a proper wholefood shop for the rest, and Yggdrasil's a great place to start.


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