Calling all hungry travelers heading to the Land of Fire and Ice! Forget bland hotel buffets and overpriced tourist traps – Reykjavik’s vibrant food scene awaits, tantalizing your taste buds without breaking the bank. Buckle up, because we are diving into the delicious world of Reykjavik food tours, highlighting the most mouthwatering bites for both foodies and budget-conscious adventurers.
For the Traditional Foodie
The Reykjavík Food Walk takes you on a culinary journey for ca. 4 hours, visiting six quality restaurants with a fun and knowledgeable local guide. Everything you will try on this tour is traditional Icelandic in some way but there is no fermented shark, rams testicles or singed sheep head on the menu. Instead, the focus is on the most delicious traditional food that we still enjoy today, e.g. free roaming Icelandic lamb, home made ice cream, local cheese, skyr, a hot dog, delicious seafood and more depending on the day and the season. Make sure you show up hungry for the tour, which has been rated the #1 Food & Drink Activity in Iceland by TripAdvisor users.
If you are after a crash course in classic Icelandic cuisine, the Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour is your go-to. This tour focuses on the deliciously approachable side of Icelandic food, with at least ten traditional dishes on the menu. Think melt-in-your-mouth lamb, creamy skyr, piping hot hot dogs from the legendary Bæjarins Beztu stand, and the freshest seafood straight from the icy Atlantic. It’s a flavor fiesta for the senses, with history and insider tips served on the side. The tour accommodates dietary restrictions & allergies such as glucose & lactose intolerance as well as vegetarian preferences. Bear in mind that traditional Icelandic food is meat, fish and dairy.
For more inspiration, check out the Foodies of Iceland group on Facebook.
For a Private Food Walk
The Private Reykjavík City Tour & Food Walking Tour combines the history of Iceland with food, sharing stories on Icelandic mythology. All the most famous landmarks in the city center are covered on this tour, such as the church Hallgrímskirkja but also less known “secret” local spots, such as an elf house. A small lesson in Icelandic language is also included. The tour takes around 3.5 hours and the walk between places is easy, ending with a 1-hour lunch or dinner with your guide. As this is a private tour, you have the option to customize the itinerary according to your preferences and you will have the undivided attention of your guide.
Private Folklore & Food Walking Tour starts with tales of hidden people and creatures of Iceland, including the elves, trolls, ghosts, aquatic monsters, yule lads and their mother, the child eating troll Grýla. You will also learn a about Icelandic magic and runes. Storytelling has been the primary entertainment for Icelanders through the ages and on this tour, the guide brings the stories to life, so listen carefully. At the end of the walk, a traditional lunch at a great Icelandic restaurant awaits.
For the Budget Explorer
Don’t let a tight budget cramp your culinary adventure! The Weekend Reykjavik Food Tour ticks all the boxes for affordability and flavor. Sample at least ten traditional dishes while immersing yourself in the city’s charming atmosphere. Explore the vibrant Reykjavik Flea Market, a treasure trove of local crafts and souvenirs, before indulging in a curated selection of Icelandic treats. With expert guides and insider tips, this tour ensures you get the most bang for your buck (or króna!).
Remember: Food tours are more than just meals; they’re cultural experiences. You’ll connect with passionate locals, discover hidden gems, and create memories that will last a lifetime. So, ditch the generic tourist fare and embark on a delicious adventure through Reykjavik’s food scene. Your taste buds (and budget) will thank you!
Bonus Tip: Consider dietary restrictions? Some of the tours offer options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other dietary needs. Just let them know in advance!
And for those with a serious sweet tooth: Indulge in the Icelandic Sweet Tooth Tour, a delectable journey through the city’s unique pastries, chocolates, and ice creams. This tour is a sugar rush waiting to happen, perfect for satisfying your cravings while discovering hidden gems and local favorites.