Tasting for the Bold and the Brave
The sea made survival possible in Iceland. The fish always has been the most important export product and still is, fresh fish from the North-Atlantic is simply delicious. But the lamb meat has also been important. Lamb is considered to be the best meat in the country. For hundreds of years Icelanders ate dried fish instead of bread even though they had the knowhow to make bread. Plus cakes and pastries. On this tour we are exploring the food traditions in Iceland in accordance with Gudrun Helga's book Traditional Iceland Food, available in book stores in Reykjavik and on Amazon. This is a tour for the Bold and the Brave eager to taste some traditional Icelandic food!
The tour can be extended into a shore excursion city sightseeing if you like. Please contact the guide for more information.
Departure from meeting point walking to Reykjavik old harbour to talk about whaling, visit to legendary restaurant Saegreifinn to talk about the fishing industry. A taste if you like. Grocery store to show you what the families buy or make at home. We will go to liquor store Vinbudin (only monday to friday) to talk about alcohol. I can recommend some alcohol if you want to bring as presents to family or friends. We will be passing Baejarins bestu hot dog stand for a taste of the famous hot dog if you like. Fleamarket Kolaportid's food section - but only during weekends. Bakery for taste of pastry if you like. End of tour. I will point out and recommend some restaurants for you to keep in mind during your stay.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick-up at start at your hotel if you are staying in the centre of Reykjavik. If not, then we'll be meeting by the musician statue outside music hall Harpa in Reykjavik centre. Or according to your suggestion or our agreement.
End location: Drop-off close to your hotel or by music hall Harpa in Reykjavik centre or close by. Or according to our agreement.
Duration: 3 hours
The duration of the tour is 2-3 hours. Weather, tasting and size of group might affect the tour during the winter. We will be walking around so the pace might affect the duration of the tour.
You need to be able to walk for 2-3 hours. It's an easy walk.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
9000 1USD=ISK100 - ISK 4000-5000 per person for a plate with different tastes at a restaurant.
ISK 500 per person for a hot dog at the best known hot dog stand in Reykjavik.
ISK 1200 per person for a shot of icelandic aquavit brennivin.
ISk 2000 per person for a taste of one of the most popular lobster soup in town.
ISK 300 per person for a taste of fermented shark.
ISK 300 per person for a taste of whale meat.
ISK 750 per person for a local ice cream, cake, chocolate or similar for desert.
If you need to take your wheelchair or other special equipment with you then I might need to rent a special vehicle. Please let me know about this at the beginning of our communications.
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Gudrun Helga was an informative and charming host. She was generous with general information about Iceland as well as giving a thorough briefing on native food. We had a perfectly delightful afternoon with her!