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Food and nature challenge in Iceland

We will explore Icelandic extreme cuisine and traditional delicious food in different parts of the country as well as will discover most popular places in Iceland: waterfalls, geysers, volcano and black sand beaches.

Food and nature challenge in Iceland
Food and nature challenge in Iceland

Time & Location

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29 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 07 Jul 2024, 17:00

Reykjavík, Reykjavík, Iceland

About the tour

Embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure through the heart of Iceland, where traditional cuisine is as bold and rugged as the landscapes that inspire it. Our journey takes you on a gastronomic exploration of the most iconic dishes of Icelandic cuisine, each one a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of the Viking spirit.

Be warned: Traditional Icelandic food is not for the faint of heart. We've handpicked the boldest and most iconic dishes that may challenge even the bravest of palates. From hákarl (fermented shark) to svið (sheep's head), we'll delve into the depths of Icelandic cuisine, discovering flavors that are as wild and untamed as the land itself.

But fear not, for amidst the daring delicacies, you'll find treasures that will capture your heart and tantalize your taste buds. From tender smoked lamb to creamy skyr, these culinary gems may just become your newfound favorites, forever entwined with the memories of your Icelandic adventure.

Our small group (up to 10 people) expedition will not only satisfy your appetite for adventure but also take you on a journey to some of Iceland's most breathtaking landmarks. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, witness the explosive power of geysers, and wander along black sand beaches as we explore the stunning landscapes that make Iceland truly unforgettable.

Join us on this epic voyage of discovery, where every bite and every sight tells a story of resilience, beauty, and the indomitable spirit of Iceland.

Food and nature challenge tours for 2024:

1-9 June 2024

29 June - 7 July 2024

3-11 August 2024

Read more abour Icelandic food culture in our blog. 

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 ARRIVING AND LEASURE TIME IN REYKJAVIK

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Upon arrival in Reykjavik, you will have free time to explore the city. You can visit Downtown Reykjavik, local pubs, walk along the ocean, visit museums, or simply relax after a long flight. Tomorrow, we will begin our adventure through the real Iceland.

Overnight at Fosshotel Lind hotel Reykjavik or similar.

DAY 2  REYKJAVIK CUISINE HUB

Reykjavik walking food tour - Hvamsvik hot spring - local seafood

We will start our culinary adventure in Reykjavik, the largest city in Iceland. We will have a small excursion around the city and begin our food tour. During this tour, we will visit 5 different restaurants, all of which are hidden gems, and taste traditional Icelandic cuisine. Afterward, we will explore the Hvamsvik lagoons on the fjord shore. There are 8 natural hot springs that glide into the ocean, surrounded by majestic mountains. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner with local seafood soup at the restaurant at the Hvamsvik lagoon.

Overnight at Drangar Guesthouse or similar.

DAY 3 SNAEFELLSNES FISH AND SHARK

Arnarstapi - Hellnar - Kirkjufellsfoss - Shark museum - Stykkisholmur - Varmahlid

Today, we will explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula. We will visit the local fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, which were fishing centers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Then, we will move to one of the many magical waterfalls in Iceland, Kirkjufellsfoss. We will also visit The Shark Museum, which explains the origins of Hakarl (fermented shark), the national dish of Iceland. We will find out how to cook Greenland shark without being poisoned and taste this unique delicacy. Lunch will be at a seafood restaurant that has received the Swan environmental certification, which is an official Nordic environmental label. Afterward, we will have a long transfer to the North.

Overnight at Hofsstadir country hotel or similar.

DAY 4 AKUREYRI BEER AND HERRING

Siglufjörður - Herring museum - Brewery degustation - Beer spa - Akureyri

We will start the day in Siglufjörður, the capital of herring in Iceland. In 1903, production and processing of this fish began here. In just 40 years, a small village turned into the 4th largest city in Iceland. At that time, all the work and life of the city revolved around the herring. It was the gold rush of Icelandic history. People came here to earn money from all over Iceland and neighboring Scandinavia. It’s a truly picturesque and stunningly beautiful harbor. Next, we will visit the herring museum, which delves deeply into the unique history of the herring gold rush times, experiencing actual factories and extensive photo histories. Then, we will move to a brewery, where we will have a degustation of Seagull 67 brewery (1 hour, 4-5 different beers) and lunch. If you wish, you can relax in beer baths at the beer spa. You will have free time in Akureyri, which you can use for whale watching in the summertime.

Overnight at Hotel Kea or similiar

DAY 5 THE NORTH AND MEAT

Godafoss - Mývatn - Hverir - Dettifoss - Egilstadir

Today, we will continue to discover the North Regions. We will start with Godafoss waterfall, then move to extraterrestrial landscapes - Hverir, which looks like Mars. Locals believe that Lucifer fell from the heavens here. Behind Mars, we will see Moon-like landscapes and the most powerful waterfall in Iceland. You will have lunch on the Icelandic farm Vogafjos with the best fresh farm-raised beef in Iceland.

Overnight at Egilsstadir Herad Berjaya Iceland or similar.

DAY 6 EAST FJORDS AND LOBSTERS

Hvalnes - Vestrahorn - Viking village - Hofn

Deep fjords along the coast are a characteristic feature of East Iceland. Most of the settlements in this area are located on the shores of just such fjords. The shores of the fjords turned out to be a convenient place for harbors in which numerous fishing vessels were located. Höfn is the biggest city in the region, additionally known for being the one and only lobster capital of Iceland. In this region, we will see National reserves Hvalnes, which means whale peninsula, and “Horny mountain” - Vestrahorn, Eystrahorn, and Brunnhorn mountain, aka Batman mountain. It’s perfect places for taking pictures of the extraordinary mountains and ocean. Dinner will be in a traditional fishing restaurant in Hofn where you can taste lobsters, Atlantic tuna, cod, lamb, or even horse for the more adventurous gastronomes.

Overnight at Hofn.

DAY 7 ICE AND DIAMONDS

Jökulsárlón - Diamond beach - Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon - Vik

In the morning, we will drive to an area where blockbuster movies were filmed such as Batman, James Bond, and Lara Kroft. Experience the glacier lagoon filled with miniature icebergs and large blocks of ice. This ice lagoon has become one of the most popular attractions in Iceland due to its breathtaking beauty. The lagoon is called Jökulsárlón, or ice lagoon in Icelandic. If we are lucky, we will see seals on icebergs. Then our tour takes us to Diamond Beach with large pieces of ice strewn along black sands. Glittering ice diamonds in the sun. On our way, we will stop near the incredible Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon (if weather allows us).

Overnight at VIK Hotel Dyrholaey or similar.

DAY 8 AMAZING SOUTH COAST ​

Reyynisfjara beach - Dyrhólaey- Skogafoss - Seljalandfoss - Hveragerdi

Today, we will discover the South coast of Iceland. We will start from the small village Vik with famous rock formations named Troll’s fingers. Then we will move to Reynisfjara black sand beach. This Icelandic beach owes its black color to the nearby volcanoes. During a large number of eruptions, a huge amount of lava poured onto the surface. This lava formed the entire island of Iceland. For many thousands of years, sea waves destroyed coastal rocks turning lava into magnificent beaches. And at the end of the day, we will try to walk behind Seljalandfoss waterfall. Dinner will be in a Viking restaurant with arctic char or local duck and lamb.

Overnight at Fosshotel Lind or similar.

DAY 9 BLUE LAGOON AND COMFORT TRANSFER

On this day, we will come back to Reykjavik and will have a relaxing day at the World Famous Blue lagoon. Blue lagoon is one of 25 World miracles, because of its incredible color and pure quality of water.

Transfer to the airport.

INCLUDED:

  • Private airport pick up
  • Private transfers for all days
  • Private guide for all days
  • Private airport drop off
  • Reykjavik walking food tour
  • Hvamsvik lagoon visit
  • Shark museum visit
  • Kirkjufellsfoss visit
  • Herring museum
  • Siglufjörður tour
  • Brewery degustation
  • Beer spa visit
  • Godafoss visit
  • Hverir
  • Mývatn visit
  • Dettifoss visit
  • Vestrahorn
  • Viking village
  • Jokulsalron walk
  • Diamond beach
  • Troll´s fingers
  • Dyrholey peninsula
  • Reyynisfjara beach
  • Skogafoss
  • Seljalandfoss
  • Hveragerdi
  • Blu lagoon / Sky lagoon visit
  • 5 restaurants at Reykjavik during Reykjavik walking tour
  • Restaurant at Hvamsvik
  • Restaurant at Snaefellsnes peninsula
  • Lunch on the Icelandic farm Vogafjos
  • Fishing restaurant at Hofn
  • Few secret restaurants
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 nights at Reykjavik
  • 6 nights at countryside hotels with high comfort level

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Solo occupancy:

Price: 4 598 euro / 4 828 usd per person

Double occupancy:

Price: 3 999 euro / 4199 usd per person

* Price is per 1 person for the itinerary as described, and subject of the availability.

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