CLOSED: Yggdrasill

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 5 reviews )



Rauúarársti­gur 10, Reykjavik, Iceland, 105

A well-assorted health food store. Moved from Skolavoraustigur. Reported closed to HappyCow.

5 Reviews

First Review by baratron

Definitely closed! - Edit

As of January 2013, this shop is definitely closed down.

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Really big store! - Edit

Solid sized health food store! Friendly staff. A small selection of fresh veggies. Found hummus here but you can also find hummus at bonus in the meat area. Coconut waters, drinks, apple cider vinegar, chocolates, natural beauty care, dried lentils etc, seeds and nuts, fake meats and cheeses. Soymilks, etc. Really good crackers. Went here two or three times! Open till 6pm.

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Standard market no deli - Edit

I visited Yggdrasill in March 2012. I went here thinking I could get a sandwich and fresh juice to take with me on a guided tour because I was not sure the tour would have vegan options. Yggdrasill is a small market that has a ton of organic and vegan products. All packaged though. The only fresh items were some fruit and veggies but not very much. They did not have fresh bread either. I bought some soy milk and some packaged cookies. I had to go next door to the cafe to buy bread. Good store if you are looking for organic packaged goods or toiletries.

Pros: organic packaged foods, organic toiletries, nice service

Cons: no fresh foods, no deli, no fresh juices

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Iceland's best grocery store - Edit

There are a number of tiny organic grocery stores in town, but Yggdrasill is the largest. If you go here first you'll think you've entered the smallest organic shop in the world, but trust me its 4 times the size of the others. We stocked up on vegan snacks and sandwich making items here before heading off to the interior of iceland. You can get soy puddings/yogurts/drinks, etc. Breads and fresh produce, dips and spreads. Pastas, sauces. Super expensive, but considering Bonus and other Iceland grocery stores carry almost nothing edible its a lifesaver.

Pros: good selection for size

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The tree of the world in Norse mythology - Edit

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.

Pros: Big range, Reasonable prices, Ice cream in single portions!

Cons: Closes at 4pm on Saturday

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