Small-Group 3-Hour Traditional Icelandic Food Tour in Reykjavik

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Tour starts
Ingólfur Square, Austurstræti, Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
3 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
All year
Minimum age
None

Description

Discover just how delicious traditional Icelandic food can be on this three-hour walking food tour of Reykjavik. Food lovers who like opening their minds and mouths to new experiences will love this interactive, food-focused walking tour through Iceland's beautiful capital city.

You'll meet your expert local guide at Ingolfur Square. From here, the guide will take your group through the streets of downtown Reykjavik in an intimate small-group setting. Your tour guide will be a graduate of the Tour Guide School of Iceland, so you know you'll be learning from a pro.

Feel free to put their expert knowledge to the test and ask them any questions you may have about the city or Icelandic traditions.

The food tour combines all the elements you'd expect of a walking tour — such as expert local knowledge of the area and a thorough history lesson — with the excitement of tasting new foods and exploring a new kind of cuisine.

Each food walking tour is different, as the places your guide stops will be chosen according to the time of day and day of the week. However, every tour includes the opportunity to try at least ten traditional Icelandic foods. The offered foods range from smoked puffin, lamb soup, and minke whale steak to fresh fish, Icelandic hot dogs, and skyr. 

Your guide will teach you everything you want to know about Icelandic food traditions during the tour. By the end of your excursion, you should have a thorough understanding of what Icelanders have eaten through the ages. Your knowledge will range from the early settlers and the Vikings to the locals of today. 

Icelandic food traditions have a rich history. The country's landscape can make growing crops a challenge, so a great deal of Icelandic food focuses on meat and fish. Sheep in Iceland spend the warmer months grazing freely, giving them a succulent texture and a delicious flavor. 

The whole country is also surrounded by water, so fish and other seafood have always made up a big part of the Icelandic diet. One traditional Icelandic dish known worldwide is fermented shark, which you may have the chance to try on your tour (if you're brave enough). 

Despite the nation's love of seafood and cattle, Icelanders today eat many fruits and vegetables. The country relies heavily on geothermal energy, and this incredible natural resource has led Icelanders to develop innovative new ways to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.

With greenhouses, it's even possible to grow tropical fruits like bananas. 

But you probably aren't taking a walking tour of Iceland so you can eat a banana. Instead, you'll be able to try authentic food and local treats at high-quality restaurants that the tour operator has handpicked. As you eat, you'll better understand Reykjavik as a city and Icelandic food traditions.

Book your place on this mouth-watering walking tour of Reykjavik and take the opportunity to taste a wide variety of traditional Icelandic food. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

An expert, English-speaking guide
At least 10 traditional Icelandic foods
Tips on what to do and where to eat in Reykjavik
Small-group guarantee (maximum 12 people)

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Comfortable shoes for walking
A bottle of water
A fully charged camera

Good to know

Please be aware that the tour will still go ahead in the event of bad weather, so please dress accordingly, with plenty of warm layers and a waterproof coat.

Guests with special dietary requirements should note that most traditional Icelandic food consists of meat, fish, and dairy. The tour operator may or may not be able to adapt the tour to any dietary needs, so you might prefer to get in touch before you book if you don't eat animal-derived products.

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