To say we have a bit of an ice cream problem would be an understatement. We’ll eagerly gobble spoonfuls of hokey pokey ice cream at The Kapiti Store in Auckland, New Zealand and slurp blue pixie floats at Cream Parlor in Miami until we’re, well, blue in the face. If you’re looking for an ice cream shop that carries an astonishingly large variety of flavors, check out Ísbúðin Valdís in Reykjavík, Iceland.
If you’ve driven around the island of glaciers and volcanos, you probably already know that Icelanders are quite fond of quirky ice cream flavors. In Stykkishólmur, Iceland you can get blue smurf ice cream at Ís Kofinn. Up in the north eastern portion of Iceland, many places churn out scoops of plain ice cream that are chock full of geysir bread (which is baked in pots underground). For ice cream that comes in just about every color of the rainbow, Ísbúðin Valdís in Reykjavík is the place to go.
Ísbúðin Valdís is owned by Gylfi Valdimarsson and Anna Svava Knútsdóttir. They opened their shop in 2013. Over the years they’ve crafted more than 400 flavors and are constantly inventing new ones.
Ísbúðin Valdís has tried their hand at everything from beer ice cream (via a collaboration with Bryggjan Brygghús‘ bistro and brewery) to bacon ice cream and even curry ice cream with coconut and chili.
Clearly we have a soft spot in our hearts for ice cream. Curious about other crazy ice cream flavors we’ve taste tested around the globe? Here are some of our favorite ice cream places in the world.
Icelanders, in general, are also big fans of licorice. You’ll see grocery stores packed to the gills with bags full of licorice candy which, in a way, kind of looks like cooled black lava.
Whereas many places around the world rely on honey or sugar for sweetness (long cold winters aren’t optimal conditions for flowers and bees), Icelanders turns to licorice. Licorice is popular among many Nordic countries because the edible portion of licorice is the root.
Now that you’re aware of the fact that Icelanders are among some of the most adventurous ice cream eaters in the world and that licorice is the perfect sweetener (it infuses everything from candy to liquor), it should come as no surprise that a sweet spot like Ísbúðin Valdís often has, not just one or two, but multiple kinds of licorice ice cream for sale.
In addition to Ísbúðin Valdís, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Iceland.
Vegan sorbet options in an array flavors (like chocolate, coconut and even Oreo) are also available and are typically made with almond or coconut milk.
Ísbúðin Valdís is located on a neat historic block of block of Reykjavík. The building where Ísbúðin Valdís stands used to be sailors’ cabins from about 1945 to 1955.
Even if you aren’t in the mood for an Icelandic brain freeze, the area surrounding Ísbúðin Valdís (where you’ll also find another foodie haven called Búrið as well as an incredible little local bakery called 17 Sortir) is definitely worth strolling by while you’re in Iceland’s capital city.
Address: Grandagarði 21
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Hours: Every Day 11:30am to 11:00pm
Phone: +354 586 8088
Prices (All in Icelandic Króna or ISK): One Scoop (in a Cone or a Cup) 450, Two Scoops 600, Three Scoops 750, Additional Scoops 250, Soft Serve 400 to 600, Sauce 100, Toppings 150, Homemade Waffle Cone 150, Milkshake 850, Containers – 0.75 Liters 1.600, One Liter 2.200, One and a Half Liters 2.800, Two Liters 3.400, Five Liters 5.500, Sauce To Go 300