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Culture Tours in Iceland

Iceland's culture is as rich and varied as its dramatic landscape, and there's no better way to explore this facet of the Nordic island than through its range of culture tours. These excursions deeply dive into the heart of Icelandic tradition, history, and contemporary life.

Visitors can experience the old and the new with tours that explore everything from the sagas of the Vikings to the cutting-edge of Reykjavik's art scene. Whether through the intimate setting of a walking tour, the culinary adventure of food and drink experiences, or the specialized routes focusing on literature and architecture, these tours offer an authentic connection to the island's cultural soul.

Culture tours are tailored to various interests and physical abilities, ensuring that everyone, from history enthusiasts to art connoisseurs, can find a tour that resonates with their interests. The itineraries are designed to be both educational and engaging, often led by local experts who provide rich narratives and insights into Icelandic customs, folklore, and the arts.

These tours not only educate but also entertain, immersing travelers in activities unique to Icelandic culture, such as enjoying a traditional meal, participating in a craft workshop, or attending one of the many festivals that light up the country throughout the year.

The best culture tours in Iceland celebrate the uniqueness of the country's heritage and offer a window into the lives of its people. They are an essential experience for those looking to understand the country beyond its geysers and glaciers.

From the moment you step into the land of fire and ice, these culture tours promise to enrich your travels with memories and knowledge that will last a lifetime. Whether you're strolling through the historic streets of Reykjavik, savoring the flavors of local cuisine, or engaging with the vibrant arts scene, the cultural tapestry of Iceland is yours to discover.

Frequently asked questions

What are the most popular culture tours available in Iceland?

The most popular culture tours are walking tours of Reykjavik’s attractions, as well as food-tasting and beer-drinking tours. Another, more recent attraction in Reykjavik that has become very popular is the FlyOver Iceland Experience, a virtual reality flight, where passengers get to see all of the Icelandic landscape without leaving Reykjavik.

What are the cheapest culture tours in Iceland?

The cheapest culture tour in Iceland is an entry ticket to the Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll in Keflavik with an iPad-guided tour for around 11 USD.

Iceland's second-cheapest cultural experience is an entry ticket to the Skogar museum in South Iceland for about 13 USD.

Another cheap cultural experience in Iceland is visiting the Chromo Sapiens art installation in Reykjavik for approximately 13 USD per person.

What are the best Reykjavik walking tours?

This 3.5-hour Reykjavik food walk tour is one of the best Reykjavik walking tours. It's rated 5 out of 5 stars from 20 traveler reviews and costs about 113 USD.

Other excellent Reykjavik walking tours include this walk with a Viking two-hour guided tour for around 43 USD and this 2.5-hour beer and schnapps walking tour, costing approximately 93 USD.

What are the best food and drink tours in Iceland?

One of Iceland's best food and drink tours is a guided three-hour Reykjavik food lovers walking tour. It's rated 4.9 stars from seven traveler reviews and costs about 114 USD.

Another excellent food tour is a private three-hour traditional Icelandic food tour of Reykjavik with an expert guide, which costs around 107 USD.

Food and drink enthusiasts should also check out this excellent three-hour brewery tour with dinner in Reykjavik for around 57 USD per person.

What are the most unique culture tours in Iceland?

One of Iceland's most unique culture tours is this unforgettable one-hour beer spa tour in North Iceland, rated 4.9 stars from 13 reviews. For around 128 USD per person, you can relax in a tub full of beer known to be beneficial for the skin, while you sip a cold brew.

Another unique culture tour is this entry ticket to the magic ice bar in Reykjavik, which includes a complimentary welcome drink. It costs about 32 USD per person.

A third unique culture tour in Iceland is a two-hour evening tour of the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island near Reykjavik for around 93 USD per traveler.

Is it best to reserve a spot on a culture tour prior to arrival in Iceland?

Iceland can be very busy, especially in the summertime. To ensure a spot on your culture tour, it is always advised to book beforehand to secure your spot and avoid disappointment.

What language will the guide speak on a Reykjavik culture tour?

Most culture tours in Reykjavik are conducted in English, but specific walking and bus tours will have options for guidance in another language. If you have any language or other accommodations questions, contact us at info@guidetoiceland.is.

Can I drink in Iceland if I just turned 18?

The drinking age in Iceland is 20, so 18-year-olds are not allowed to participate in beer tastings or other cultural tours that involve alcohol. If you have any questions about food tastings or beer sampling restrictions, please consult your culture tour for more information or contact us at info@guidetoiceland.is.

Is there a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus that operates around Iceland?

Not across the whole of Iceland, but the Reykjavik hop-on hop-off bus tour is a unique way to see all the major sights Reykjavik offers with one easy ticket.

Where is the meeting point for the walking tours in Reykjavik?

There are several different meeting points for walking tours in Reykjavik, depending on the travel company you choose. Contact your tour operator directly to find out the specific meeting point.

Does the Reykjavik City Card provide discounts for culture tours?

While allowing free entrance to Reykjavik's many museums and art spaces, the Reykjavik City Card only discounts specific activities. If you have questions regarding the Reykjavik City Card, visit the website or contact us at info@guidetoiceland.is.

Are there any culture tours that focus on Icelandic folklore and mythology?

Yes, several culture tours are available that delve into the rich tapestry of Icelandic folklore and mythology. These tours often visit significant historical sites and are led by knowledgeable guides who narrate tales of ancient gods, elves, and trolls integral to Icelandic heritage.

For example, this magical 1.5-hour walking tour of Reykjavik includes stories of trolls, elves, and hidden people for around 40 USD per person.

How long do the most comprehensive culture tours in Iceland last?

The duration of comprehensive culture tours in Iceland can vary, with some lasting a few hours to half a day. In contrast, others may extend to full-day or multi-day itineraries that cover a more comprehensive range of cultural landmarks and activities.

Do culture tours in Iceland cater to special interest groups, like history buffs or art lovers?

Many culture tours in Iceland are designed to cater to special interests, offering themed itineraries that focus on history, art, literature, or even the cinematic landscapes featured in films and television shows shot in Iceland.

For example, this small-group walking tour in Reykjavik focuses on history and culture, and this entry ticket to the Chromo Sapiens art installation in Reykjavik is perfect for art enthusiasts.

What kind of cultural insights can I expect from a food and drink tour in Iceland?

Food and drink tours in Iceland provide a taste of the country's culinary heritage, offering insights into traditional Icelandic cuisine, local ingredients, and modern culinary techniques. Participants often visit markets, restaurants, and sometimes farms, learning about the food culture directly from chefs and producers.

Can I engage with local Icelandic craftspeople or artists during culture tours?

Specific culture tours provide opportunities to meet local Icelandic craftspeople or artists, allowing visitors to observe traditional craft-making processes, participate in workshops, and purchase unique handmade souvenirs directly from the creators.

What clothing is appropriate for a culture tour in Iceland, considering the weather?

For culture tours in Iceland, it is advisable to dress in warm layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. Weather can be unpredictable, so waterproof jackets, hats, and gloves are recommended, especially during the cooler months.

Are there any cultural events or festivals in Iceland that I can attend through a tour?

Iceland hosts numerous cultural events and festivals throughout the year, and some tour operators offer packages that coincide with these events, such as the Reykjavik Arts Festival, the Secret Solstice music festival, and traditional Viking festivals.

What is the typical group size for a walking culture tour in Reykjavik?

Walking culture tours in Reykjavik typically accommodate small to medium-sized groups ranging from 10 to 20 participants to ensure a personal and engaging experience with the guide.

If I have mobility issues, are there accessible culture tours available in Iceland?

Accessible culture tours are available and can be arranged in Iceland. It's essential to communicate your specific needs to the tour operator so they can accommodate you with suitable transportation and ensure accessibility at various sites.