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5 Days Tastes of Iceland Culinary Holidays

5 Days Tastes of Iceland Culinary Holidays

  • Nordic Visitor, Bríetartún 13, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland

Sumptuous Nordic Gourmet Tour in Iceland

This upscale break in Reykjavik, Iceland, is all about good taste in terms of both food and fashion. Take incomparable design and culinary tours with local guides, gourmet dinners at top restaurants, a relaxing massage at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, and a super-jeep safari to amazing natural attractions. Even if you are not a foodie or a fashionista, this is a great opportunity to luxuriously introduce yourself to the fascinating Icelandic culture, cuisine, and Nordic nature. Positively decide to adventure on a self-guided tour with planned activities.

Highlights

  • Exciting visits to natural scenarios
  • Delicious tastings in local restaurants
  • Culinary and cultural tours with private guides
  • Visits to various local design stores all around the capital area
  • Entrance and water massage at Blue Lagoon
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Different categories of accommodations are offered to suit the travelers varied needs. As Nordic Visitor has a vast network of trusted local suppliers, all accommodations are arranged after booking. To ensure that the accommodations meet Nordic Visitor`s own high standards for quality and service, each establishment has been handpicked by local travel experts. You can choose your preferred accommodation category in the booking process.

Comfort

Rooms with private restroom and shower, or bath in three-star hotels, or well-appointed guesthouses.

Quality

Rooms with private restroom and shower, or bath in three or four-star hotels, or the best accommodation available in the area at the time of booking.

Luxury

Deluxe rooms or junior suites in the very best hotels at the time of booking: in junior suites at four-star hotels in Reykjavik, and in deluxe rooms or junior suites where available at the best three or four-star accommodations in rural locations.

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland

Upon arrival at Keflavk International Airport (KEF) your private chauffeur will wait for you and take you to your hotel in Reykjavik. After settling in, spend some time exploring the city center, perhaps with a stroll along the small design boutiques on the main street Laugavegur, which also has several cozy cafs in case you need a sweet treat or a caffeine boost. Just make sure to save plenty of room in your stomach for dinner, as you will enjoy some of the best cuisine Iceland has to offer with the tasting menu at the popular Grill Market restaurant.

Day 2: Icelandic sagas and local culinary experience

Enjoy a relaxing morning. You will be picked up at noon for a special culinary tour with a historical twist, starting with an introduction to the settlement of Reykjavik and its surroundings. On the way, your chef-guide will take you to visit small shops that specialize in local cheese, fresh fish, Icelandic meats, and spirits. All these shops are bound to make you hungry, so thankfully the tour ends in the suburb of Kpavogur at the chefs home, where you will enjoy a gourmet meal of Icelandic delicacies.

The rest of this evening is free. You can check out Harpa, the new music and conference hall, with its unique architecture and great harbor view. Another interesting spot to visit is the Einar Jnsson Sculpture Garden, where beautiful art deco statues are illuminated until the late evening. You can also take a walk down the Sklavrustgur, the art and design street, from the Hallgrmskirkja church.

Day 3: Golden Circle and lobsters by 4x4 jeep

This morning you can sleep in or visit one of Reykjaviks thermal pools before being picked up at noon for your private super-jeep tour of the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route that contains some of the countrys most famous attractions. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the site of Icelands first parliament, and a place where you can walk in a rift valley between continents. Next, is the Haukadalur hot springs area, home to the original Geysir geyser, and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. Before heading back to Reykjavk, you will visit Stokkseyri and enjoy a three-course lobster feast at the cozy Fjorubordid restaurant. Dining on Icelands famous seafood with wonderful ocean views is a great ending to this nature-themed day.

Day 4: Private design and shopping tour

Get the inside scoop on the blossoming Icelandic design scene with a private guided tour. You will visit various local design stores all around the capital area, including the lafoss wool factory and shop in Mosfellbr, the Museum of Design and Applied Art in Gardabr, and the AndreA design store in Hafnarfjordur. Back in Reykjavik, your guide will also explain the tax-free shopping system, and take you to the hottest design boutiques such as KronKron, Steinunn, Spaksmannsspjarir, ELM, Kirsuberjatr, and Kraum. In the evening, enjoy another tasteful experience with a gourmet Icelandic dinner at the Fish Company restaurant in the city center.

Day 5: Blue Lagoon spa massage and departure

Before heading to the airport, you will have some time to experience Icelands famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa renowned for its mineral-rich waters surrounded by a moon-like lava field. You can soak in the lagoon with a silica mud mask or enjoy the saunas before your final treat: a relaxing half-hour massage while floating on a pad in the warm water. After this wonderful last memory of Iceland, you will have a private transfer to Keflavk International Airport (KEF) for your departure flight.

  • Private design and shopping tour around Reykjavik
  • Special culinary tour with a historical twist
  • Tour to Thingvellir national park, Kerid crater, Haukadalur hot springs area, Geysir geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, and Stokkseyri fishing village in the Golden Circle
  • Visit to Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
  • Visits to small shops specialized in local products

Iceland is a paradise for the lovers of nature; a land of hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, and waterfalls, with an unspoiled and truly surreal landscape that inspires countless artists and photographers. Travelers seeking an adventure will not be disappointed, with miles of scenic roadway circling the entire country and endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Despite the countrys name, Icelandic summers are surprisingly mild and green, with nonstop daylight around the midsummer thanks to the phenomenon known as the midnight sun. Whereas during winter, the longer nights create ideal conditions for the northern lights: a fascinating experience on many travelers bucket lists.

Activities
  • Diving nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Whale watching nearby
General
  • Caf nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
Services
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance

During your luxury food vacation, you will be delighted with a daily appetizing breakfast. In the evenings, you will enjoy a gourmet meal of Icelandic delicacies; a delicious tasting menu at Grill Market, including selected wines; a three-course lobster succulent dinner at Fjorubordid restaurant; and one gourmet Icelandic dinner at Fish Company, including selected wines.

Exclusions

  • Additional meals and drinks.
  • Blue Lagoon therapeutic pool
  • Cave exploration tour
  • City sightseeing tours
  • Dive or snorkel between continents at Silfra in Thingvellir national park
  • Enjoy the Reykjavik nightlife and music scene and try the local brews
  • Fontana spa
  • Guided glacier walk
  • Helicopter tours
  • Horse riding
  • River jet tour
  • See the northern lights in winter
  • Snowmobiling
  • Take part in one of the many festive annual events in Reykjavik
  • Upgrade to Blue Lagoon exclusive lounge
  • Whale watching
  • White water rafting tour on a glacial river
  • Volcano hiking

The Blue Lagoon is probably Icelands most famous landmark and certainly a must-see for all visitors. This therapeutic pool of warm and mineral rich geothermal water is carved out of the Svartsengi lava field, its beautiful blue color coming from light refracting microorganisms that thrive in the unusual ecosystem. Thousands of people go every year to bathe in the therapeutic waters, which are particularly beneficial for skin complaints, and take unwinding massages while floating on a pad in the warm water. On this vacation you will have a relaxing half-hour massage on the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon.

  • 1 saga and culinary tour
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • A private 4x4 Golden Circle tour
  • A thirty-minute in-water massage at Blue Lagoon
  • A three-course lobster dinner at Fjorubordid restaurant
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance fee to Blue Lagoon including towels
  • Private design and shopping tour
  • Private transfer on departure from hotel to Blue Lagoon
  • Tasting menu with wines at Fish Company
  • Tasting menu with wines at Grill Market
  • Transfer from and to Keflavk International Airport (KEF)
  • Additional entrance fees
  • Additional services
  • Airfare
  • Extra meals and drinks at restaurants
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Personal travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Keflavk International Airport (KEF). Nordic Visitor will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.