Where Should I Buy my Groceries?

When you arrive at Bus Hostel you might be asking yourself where you should buy some pasta or Skyr for keeping you energy up. Reykjavík has plenty of supermarkets, but which is closest to the hostel? Nothing is too far from the hostel, but if you’re in a pinch, here’s what’s close by:

The closest small supermarket is Sunnubúðin. It’s located on Mávahlíð 26, and it’s only a 7 minute walk from the hostel.

Opening hours

Weekdays: 09:00-22:00

Weekends: 10:00-22:00

There’s another store nearby that’s opened 24 hours and sells warm snack foods. It’s called 10-11, and it’s just across the street from the hostel. A word of caution: 10-11 is one of the most expensive groceries in Iceland, so it might be best to buy what you absolutely need from there instead of doing a full shop.

The best choice is Bónus. Why? It’s the cheapest grocery store in Iceland. You can find one in Kringlan, the shopping mall just 15 minutes straight from the hostel, but if you’re heading into town, then there are also two of these supermarkets on Hallveigarstígur and Laugavegur.

Opening hours

Monday – Thursday: 11.00 – 18.30

Friday: 10.00 – 19.30

Saturday 10.00 – 18:00

Sunday 12.00 – 18:00

We have 2 fully stocked kitchens where you can cook and store your food. So start planning a meal with your new Bus Hostel friends!

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

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When it comes to travel, one of the first things that we think about is the gastronomy of this new place we are going to discover. Maybe you have heard stories of Icelandic dishes such as the infamous fermented shark, lamb soup, or the sheep’s head. These are just some of the traditional dishes you can find in town, and, just between us, you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to try them.

Although in summer you will find a lot more of street food downtown, you CAN’T MISS trying the Icelandic hot dog. Downtown Reykjavik is home to the famous Bæjarins Beztu (a favorite with locals, presidents, and celebrities), a stand that has been open near the harbor since 1937. What makes them so special? The hot dogs are mixed with lamb and come topped with a few different sauces besides your standard ketchup and mustard. And for coming in at less than 500 ISK, it might be the cheapest meal out you can get in town.

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

If you are a candy person, you need to try PIPP, a chocolate bar that’s a staple in any Icelandic grocery or convenience store. They come filled with caramel, mint, or the ever-popular licorice! You will love it.

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

After Björk and volcanoes, one of the most Icelandic things is SKYR. If you’re already here, we’re sure you’ve seen it already. What exactly is Skyr? Well, it’s not exactly a yogurt, despite what your stomach might think. It’s more like a soft cheese made of pasteurized skimmed milk. It’s a really creamy, healthy snack, and it comes in many, many different flavors. You can buy it in all kinds of supermarkets for about 130 ISK.

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

A trip to Iceland isn’t complete without trying their famous drink Brennivín. Perhaps you know it by its nickname Black Death. You can ask for it in all the bars and clubs, but also in restaurants after eating a fermented shark (of course you can skip the shark). And the Icelandic way to say cheers? Skál (kind of like scowl)!

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

Icelandic cuisine may be very much different than what you’ve expected it to be.

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland

As a traveler you don’t have 4G everywhere, but Iceland can be pretty connected and free wifi is a rule rather then an exception. So, if you don’t want to miss things during your trip to this extraordinary country, download these apps that will help you to enjoy your stay 24/7.


As you have noticed, Iceland is a really expensive country so if you want to save some money and still have the chance to enjoy some of the drinks, this app will let you know the current happy hours near you and what the bars have to offer you. Beer time!

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland


Heading on a roadtrip? Check the weather first, and check it often as it can be quite unpredictable here.

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland


If you want to explore the city using the public transport, this app will be your best friend. It will help you figure out which bus to take from your location.

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland



Feeling adventurous? If so, download this app. It will let you do check-ins constantly so if any emergency occurs, Icelandic authorities can receive your information and come to your rescue. Remember, Iceland is a very unpredictable place.

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland


Northern Lights – Aurora Alerts

For all the aurora hunters dreaming to live this natural phenomenon, this app won’t let you miss them.

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland




Of course we know that food is first, so with this app you can search through all kinds of restaurants to find that perfect one.

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland

Appening Today

Bored? Not anymore! Download Appening Today and you will find the best events happening in Reykjavik.

Must-have Apps for Your Trip to Iceland

Now go and enjoy your trip!