Bonus grocery store – shopping guide
Bonus grocery store – shopping guide

Bonus grocery store – shopping guide

Holidays in Iceland are definitely an unforgettable experience, but as many tourists have come to know first hand, it comes at a high cost. One of the first questions tourists ask when arriving in the country is: “Why is Iceland so expensive?”.

The right question is: “How can you save money in Iceland?”  One solution may be the Bonus grocery store, with the best prices for shopping groceries in Iceland.

Spending on food can greatly increase your holiday expenses while vacationing in Iceland, but you can save a lot of money on smart shopping and eating.

The basis is to find the cheapest supermarket in Iceland and that is the Bonus grocery store.

Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

If you are trying to save money on your trip to Iceland, you will have to forgive restaurant visits, because dinner in Iceland in restaurants is definitely not one of the cheapest.

It can often be cheaper to pay for slightly more expensive accommodation (especially if you travel in groups) and rent accommodation where you can cook. In every major city, you will come across a grocery store where you can buy ingredients and cook your own dinner much cheaper.

Camping is ideal in this case, if you want something more comfortable, you can book some of the summer houses, cottages or cottages, which usually offer a basic place where you can cook.

If you are interested in this idea, let me introduce one of the most popular supermarkets where you can buy food for almost your entire trip to Iceland with the best prices.

The Bonus grocery store is one of the most popular supermarkets in Iceland (because of low prices), both for tourists and locals. There are 31 branches of this store in Iceland, the largest number is in western and southern Iceland.

Each of the stores is very similarly organized, so if you understand how the products are arranged in one store, you will not get lost in the other.

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Before we get to what to buy in Bonus and what are the best products on offer, I have to warn you. You can’t buy alcohol in the Bonus supermarket, even though you can find beer on the menu.

However, this is only a low-alcohol beer with a value of 2.25%, so if you want to buy “real” alcohol, you have to go to the liqour store Vinbudin (read this article on where to buy alcohol in Iceland).

What to buy at Bonus Iceland – best things to buy

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Each of the Bonus stores in Iceland offers a selection of products from a variety of categories. At the entrance you will almost always find a department of pastries, coffee, tea and juices.

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You can choose from several types of pastries, there is a typical toast bread, burger buns or hot dog pastries. If you shop in the morning, it is also possible to choose from the baker’s menu, which, however, decreases during the day.

Most tourists will probably head to the next part of the Bonus when shopping, which is the first walk-in fridge with fruit, vegetables and salads. Here you will find basic foods such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, etc.

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In the fruit section you can then stock up on apples, bananas, pears, oranges and other fruits. If you’re shopping on a tight budget, don’t rush them and see which package is the cheapest. Unpackaged vegetables and fruits can often be much cheaper than packaged products.

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From the fruit and vegetable section, you will reach the second walk-in fridge, where you will usually find dairy and meat products and almost everything you need when cooking in your accommodation.

The Bonus, like other grocery stores, offers several types of milk. In addition to lactose-free milk, you will also find almond milk, coconut milk or, for example  Cocoa milk, which is very popular among Icelanders.

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If you are interested in what to buy in this Bonus department, I would definitely recommend trying Skyr icelandic yogurt, milk, blue cheese packaging (Samlokostur), eggs and if you are a fan of sandwiches then ham or salami.

In this department you will find a number of ready meals that can serve you as lunch. Among the cheapest are plokkfiskur, a typical Icelandic stew.

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You will also find many prepared salads here, but you can cook almost everything you find here at a much lower cost (a good example is the mentioned plokkfiskur).

You can immediately buy everything you need in the walk-in fridge, you can choose from shelves and counters in several rows.

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At the end of the shop you will usually find snacks and drinks, in the department you will find healthy products (such as gluten-free foods), in other rice, pasta, canned food and other products that are definitely suitable for cooking.

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The last compartment is then intended more for baking and contains sweet foods, such as dried fruits, peanut butter, chocolates, etc.

Most often in the middle of the store you will find several large freezers, where you can buy everything you need from fish, frozen meat, cheap pizzas to ice cream.

Prices in Bonus Iceland – list of most buying products

Bakery

  • Toast bread – 350 ISK/ 2,7 USD/ 2,5 EUR
  • Hot dog buns 5pcs – 260 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Burger buns 2pcs – 150 ISK/ 1,1 USD/ 1 EUR

Milk products

  • Eggs 10 pcs – 650 ISK/ 5 USD/ 4,7 EUR
  • Skyr jogurt 500g – 500 ISK/ 3,8 USD/ 3,6 EUR
  • Cheese 500 g- 1000 ISK/ 7,7 USD/ 7,2 EUR
  • Milk 500 ml- 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR

Meat products

  • Tuna in can – 300 ISK/ 2,2 USD/ 2 EUR
  • Chicken breast 0,5 kg- 1200 ISK/ 9,2 USD/ 8,7 EUR
  • Ham 250g – 650 ISK/ 5 USD/ 4,7 EUR
  • Pepperoni 200g – 480 ISK/ 3,7 USD/ 3,4 EUR
  • Hot dog sausages 10pcs – 650 ISK/ 5 USD/ 4,7 EUR

Cheap foods

  • Beans in can – 100 ISK/ 0,8 USD/ 0,7 EUR
  • Easy noodles – 100 ISK/ 0,8 USD/ 0,7 EUR
  • Rice 500g – 650 ISK/ 5 USD/ 4,7 EUR
  • Pasta 500g – 550 ISK/ 4,2USD/ 4 EUR
  • Spaghetti 500g – 350 ISK/ 2,7 USD/ 2,5 EUR
  • Peanut butter – 550 ISK/ 4,2USD/ 4 EUR
  • Jar of jam – 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Frozen pizza – 500 ISK/ 3,8 USD/ 3,6 EUR
  • Oats 700g- 350 ISK/ 2,7 USD/ 2,5 EUR
  • Can of diced tomatoes – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Can of chickpeas – 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Granola – 450 ISK/ 3,5 USD/ 3,3 EUR
  • Cornflakes – 500 ISK/ 3,8 USD/ 3,6 EUR
  • Mixed nuts 200g – 350 ISK/ 2,7 USD/ 2,5 EUR

Vegetables

  • Tomatoes 4 pcs- 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Cucumber – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Bell pepper – 100 ISK/ 0,8 USD/ 0,7 EUR
  • Carrot 500g – 300 ISK/ 2,2 USD/ 2 EUR
  • Frozen vegetables – 500 ISK/ 3,8 USD/ 3,6 EUR
  • Can of corn – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Lettuce – 400 ISK/3 USD/ 2,9 EUR

Fruits

  • Bananas 4 pcs – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Apples 4 pcs – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Pears 4 pcs – 300 ISK/ 2,2 USD/ 2 EUR
  • Can of pineapple – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR

Snacks

  • Doritos – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Pringless – 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Lays – 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Chocolate – 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Cinnamon Biscuits 250 g  – 500 ISK/ 3,8 USD/ 3,6 EUR

Drinks

  • Bottle of water 0,5 l – 150 ISK/ 1,1 USD/ 1 EUR
  • Coca cola 2 l – 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Redbull – 200 ISK/ 1,6 USD/ 1,4 EUR
  • Tea 25 packs – 250 ISK/ 2 USD/ 1,9 EUR
  • Grained coffee 500 g – 700 ISK/ 5,2 USD/ 5 EUR

Grocery stores Bonus in Reykjavik

You will find 18 branches in Reykjavik out of 31 throughout Iceland. In this overview you will find a list of all grocery stores Bonus in Reykjavik with opening hours and directions how to get there.

Bonus Fiskislóð

Bonus Bjarkarholt

Bonus Garðatorg

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, Friday and weekend from 10:00-19:00

Bonus Helluhraun

Bonus Holtagarðar

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, Friday and weekend from 10:00-19:00

Bonus Hraunbær

Bonus Kauptún

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, Friday and weekend from 10:00-19:00

Bonus Laugavegur

Bonus Kringlan

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, Friday and weekend from 10:00-19:00

Bonus Lóuhólar

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, Friday and weekend from 10:00-19:00

Bonus Nýbýlavegur

Bonus Ögurhvarf

Bonus Skeifan

Bonus Skipholt

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, Friday and weekend from 10:00-19:00

Bonus Skútuvogur

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, Friday and weekend from 10:00-19:00

Bonus Smáratorg

Bonus Spöngin

Bonus Tjarnarvellir

Grocery stores Bonus in Iceland (with locations)

Apart from Reykjavík, there are 13 other branches of this supermarket in Iceland. You can find two of them in Keflavík and almost all the others are in the western part of the island. In this list you can go through all the branches and find the one closest to your accommodation or during your trip to Iceland.

Bonus Stykkishólmur

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  • Open usually between 11:00-18:30 (opening hours may vary)

Bonus Borgarnes

Bonus Keflavík

Bonus Keflavík, Túngata

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  • Open daily from 11:00 – 19:00 (opening hours may vary)

Bonus Akureyri, Langholt

Bonus Akureyri, Naustahverfi

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  • Open usually from 11:00 – 19:00 (opening hours may vary)

Bonus Akureyri, Norðurtorg

Bonus Selfoss

Bonus Westman Islands

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  • Open usually between 11:00-18:30 (opening hours may vary)

Bonus Egilsstaðir

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  • Open usually between 11:00-18:30 (opening hours may vary)

Bonus Ísafjörður

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  • Open usually between 11:00-18:30 (opening hours may vary)

Bonus Akranes

Bonus Hveragerði

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