Delicious Iceland

Iceland’s culinary culture and highlights.
7 days
Oct - Mar
Itinerary
Prices

The dramatic southern coastline provides a stunning backdrop to discover this active volcanic zone. The west showcases unique lava formations, the inspiring Snӕfellsjökull glacier-volcano, and historical sites from the Sagas. A number of stops and tasty excursions are suggested for you to enjoy along the way,  to experience Iceland’s fabulous culinary culture.

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Day 1 Arrival Reykjavik
On  arrival in Reykjavik pick up your rental car at the airport and drive into town to your hotel. The day is yours to rest and enjoy the city sights at your own pace.Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Culinary Ideas:
Enjoy "Local in Focal", an afternoon hands-on cooking lesson, where you learn about Iceland's unique culinary culture and New Nordic cuisine using fresh, Icelandic ingredients given by skilled professionals at Salt Kitchen (must be pre-booked).

Day 2 Gulfoss- Geysir- The South Coast: Waterfalls,  Geysers,  Cliffs & Stone Arches,  Black Sand Beaches  
Head out of the city and drive to the remarkable area of Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring. Continue to highlights of the South Coast such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the infamous Eyjafjallajokull glacier and surrounding area, where the volcanic eruption in 2010 took place. 2 nights in the Vik area.

Culinary Ideas:
At the small café at Fontana Geothermal Baths, they bake rye bread using the geothermal heat. At 3 pm every day, you can watch as the bread is taken from the ground, and taste it fresh with plenty of butter (must be pre-booked). If you don't have time to wait for the tour you can still get a taste of rye bread topped up with smoked trout from the lake.

Only 10 minutes from Gullfoss waterfall you will find Efstidalur II traditional cattle farm. The new restaurant, located on top of the barn, offers local beef, local vegetables, as well as homemade milk products such as ice cream, feta cheese and "skyr". During your stop, you can view the cattle in the cow house, through a big window. The Ice Cream Barn and restaurant are open daily 11:30am – 8:00pm

Fridheimar is a charming horse farm and greenhouse facility near Fludir. Clean geothermal and hydroelectric energy provides resources to grow many types of organic fruits and vegetables. The farm is most famous for its tasty tomatoes. An on-site restaurant specializes in delicious tomato-based dishes such as tomato soup and green tomato and apple pie. The restaurant is open daily between 11:00am – 4:00pm. 

Day 3 Skaftell- Glacial Lagoon- Vik: Europe's Largest National Park  & Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs 
Visit the amazing Skaftafell National Park nestled between glaciers offering many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before returning to the charming village of Vik for the second night here.

Culinary Ideas:
Thorbergur Cultural Centre & Café offers homemade cakes and specialties such as farm raised arctic char (trout) from farm Hali as well as other traditional local food, gourmet Icelandic lamb and traditional lamb meat soup with bread. Please call ahead to make sure they are open.

Day 4: Thingvelir  Borgarfjordur: Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur National Park - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to Borgarfjordur fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. 2 nights in the Borganes area.

Culinary Ideas:
The Settlement Centre offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Icelandic settlement and the saga era. After taking a closer look at the Icelandic history, continue the sensorial journey back through time at the Settlement Centre´s restaurant – your best bet for good food in town. The large windows, stripped wooden floors and modern furniture give it a wonderfully stylish vibe. Choose from an assortment of traditional Icelandic dishes such as lamb and fish stew.

The Ljomalind Country Market in Borgarnes is open six days a week from 13:00 – 18:00 (1:00pm – 6:00pm). This sustainable country market was created by women from the region. Discover home-made treats like ice cream, candy, cheese and jams, as well as handicrafts and herbal remedies.  This is a nice stop for getting picnic lunch ingredients and tasty souvenirs for friends at home. 

Day 5 Snaefellnes Peninsula: Sea Cliffs - Rock Formations - Quaint Fishing Villages
Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Visit Arnarstapi sea cliffs and the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur before driving along the north coast through lively fishing villages. 2nd night in Borganes area.

Culinary Ideas:
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum is a place not to be missed to enjoy the personal historic museum of the last shark-farm in Iceland and get a taste of an Icelandic traditional food - rotten shark on rye bread. Are you brave enough to try it?

Day 6: Reykjanes Peninsula: Volcanic Landscapes - Bubbling Mud Pools - Quaint Fishing Village - Geothermal Spa
Drive to Reykjanes Ppeninsula and visit the moon like surrounding of Lake Kleifarvatn and Krysuvik geothermal area with bubbling mud pools. Visit Grindavik fishing village and perhaps the the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin.

Culinary Ideas:
Vitinn Seafood Restaurant in the small town of Sandgerdi offers a delicious crab feast among other seafood options. Their specialty is the Rock Carb and it's one of the few if not the only restaurants in Europe that offers this treat fresh from the sea. 

Day 7 Departure 
Arrangements end with the return this morning of your rental car to  Keflavik airport.

Departures: Daily 1 October 2015- 30 April 

Extra nights in Reykjavik can be added- please enquire

Includes: 6 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, rental car for 6 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, additional authorized driver; VAT, airport surcharge, detailed road map (1:500 000); Detailed itinerary; emergency phone line 24hrs.

Excludes: petrol, additional insurances, culinary suggestion and optional excursions.

This self-drive package is offered with 2 different hotel/price categories

Economy: standard rooms with private shower/wc in simple hotels, farm houses and guesthouses with first and last night in 3 star hotel in Reykjavik

Comfort: standard rooms with private shower/wc in quality hotels and guesthouses with first and last night in 4 star hotel in Reykjavik

Car hire: Choose from Group 1.3 Suzuki Swift 4WD Manual or similar; Group 4.0 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Manual or similar; Group 4.1 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Automatic or similar;  Group 5.0 Toyota RAV 4WD Manual or similar; Group 5.1 Toyota RAV 4WD Automatic or similar; Group 7.1 Toyota Landcruiser 4WD Automatic or similar.

The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room,  single price is for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1105.00
Single AUD$ 2272.00

The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room,  single price is for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room.

Includes: 6 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, rental car for 6 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, additional authorized driver; VAT, airport surcharge, detailed road map (1:500 000); Detailed itinerary; emergency phone line 24hrs.

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