We do not mean to boast but this team of ours has traveled the world quite extensively. It did not take much travel to figure out that in most places, perhaps 99 per cent of them, you usually get much cheaper, and often better, food in smaller towns and villages in the countryside than you do in fancier city places. Not so in Iceland.
In Reykjavik city you could very easily find a bistro or a middle-class burger joint and fill you stomach with a great burger for around 9€/12$. Just as easily you could have a meaty soup of the day in many places for around 7€/10$.
But should you happen to stop in any one of the joints lining the Ring Road in Iceland and other popular tourist places and order a plain ´ole burger you´d be lucky to get away for less than 15€/18$ out of your pocket. Yes, we do mean that cheap diners where service is non-existant and the toilet might be smelly and dirty.
And God fordbid if you decide to splash out on one of the few decent restaurants found outside Reykjavik city. In most cases you pay at least the same prices as in fancy restaurants in the city. Often you pay more.
You see, unlike most other places the tourist explosion taking place in Iceland is much larger than we can handle and when demand far exceeds supply the tendency is the overprice things.
Thus the lesson here is; bring much more money if you´re thinking of having a bite on the road.