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Iceland can offer some excellent opportunities to skip, especially in Reykjavik where you can skip nearly everything, from toilet paper to tofu. Besides the capital of Iceland, there are a few other towns like Egilsstadir or Kópavogur or Akureyri where getting certain food like vegetables or fruit is possible, too. In villages or at gas stations and the hotels along the big road (A1) around the whole island dumpster diving is nearly impossible though.

Most of Iceland's surface is wilderness. There are only few towns and you have to travel very long distances from one skip to the next.

Icelandic supermarkets

"Bónus" is the large Icelandic supermarket chain that has at least one store in every Icelandic town. Usually you can find three or more skips full of all sorts of produce. The most common finds are vegetables and fruit. There are lots of "Bónus" stores in Reykjavik, and the store in Egilsstadir is also very good for skipping. There are also opportunities at other stores, however "Bónus" stores have the easiest pickings.

Street vendors

Many vendors don't care when people take their waste and hence dumpsters are not locked up and are easy to reach. That might also be because vendors in Iceland are not used to people taking away their waste. So there is a lot of room for creative communication between dumpster divers and vendors. Experience have shown that freegan-oriented folks in Reykjavík have managed to talk in some vendors to give some food away to them instead of throwing it away.


Personal experiences

  • Spent 12 days hitchhiking around Iceland in January. There was an over-abundance of dumpsters whenever there would be a supermarket (BONUS, Kronan, Samkaup, and Netto were nice) around. We looked through some Gas Stations dumpsters too, but never found anything. The only place where we had troubles was in Hofn, where employees told us not to dig through the dumpsters, and we ended up talking to the manager: he claimed that he was selling the content of that specific dumpster to a farmer that would eventually feed it to his pigs. A passer-by also called the police (cops ended up being very friendly and supportive of the activity). Selfoss, south-east of the capital, is the best place you can think of: 3 great massive supermarket dumpsters all aligned on the main highway that goes through it. If you really want to make it through Iceland for free, it might be a good idea to bring a 'food bag' along so that you can collect decent quantities of food to have a back up for whenever there will not be supermarkets around (small villages lack those, some times, in Iceland). We ate a lot of stuff that was expired for more than 2 weeks but was totally fine. The temperature in January most probably helped a lot to preserve the things further when left outside in the dumpsters. The 'Netto' markets seem to be less favorable to the diving practice and some times has locked dumpsters. All in all, Iceland was an amazing dumpster diving experience and I would disagree with the 'nearly impossible' claim of the intro to this page. --Payne (talk) 11:34, 3 February 2017 (CET)