My husband and I are planning a pandemic babymoon in Iceland in early June. We are both vaccinated. We'll be spending time in Reykjavik, Southeast, South Coast, Westman Islands, and Reykjanes. I have a few food-related questions:
Especially in the Southeast, South Coast, and Westman Islands, a lot of the restaurants listed in the Rick Steves guidebook (or even TripAdvisor or Google Maps) are closed or have limited hours due to the pandemic. I am thinking of going to grocery stores like Bonus and Kronan in Reykjavik before hitting the road. Having never been to an Icelandic grocery store before, what food do you recommend we buy for the road trip? For example, is Icelandic dairy products (skyr, cheese, milk, etc.) mostly pasteurized? Are Icelandic cold cuts and smoked fish ok to eat during pregnancy (American OBGYNs say no cold cuts or smoked fish, UK NHS say they're fine)? And overall, how limited are the rural food options right now during the pandemic?
Based on current travel requirements, even though we're vaccinated, it sounds like we need to take (and pass) covid tests upon arrival, and will have to quarantine while we wait for test results. What food options are there while we wait for test results? Or should I plan to bring food from home to Iceland in case we have to wait a while? What food do they allow / not allow inbound?
Our one splurge meal at the end of the trip is a tasting menu at the Moss Restaurant. How flexible are Icelandic chefs with tasting menus when it comes to pregnancy food restrictions? Would they be offended if I'm not allowed to eat raw fish, undercooked meat and eggs, and unpasteurized dairy products?
I've never been a picky eater especially when I travel (bring on the haggis, durian, and scrapple) but between the pandemic and pregnancy, thanks in advance for your tips and suggestions!