Winter Wonders and Delicious Detours

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

Day 1 Arrival Reykjavik - 50km
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", a hands-on late morning 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).

Pop by Café Loki, a small and friendly family-run café located across from Hallgrimskirkja Church in the centre of Reykjavik.  Its location offers a beautiful view across the city, the church and the Blafjoll Mountains. The restaurant’s cuisine is inspired by traditional Icelandic home recipes that have been passed on from one generation to the next. Café Loki offers a variety of combination platters for a great overview of the best food that Iceland has to offer.

Fish Shops & Restaurants: Iceland is known for its fresh seafood and specialized seafood shops and restaurants. At the shops listed here, you can choose your own fish and sauces, and have it served as a meal for you.

Our fish shop recommendations include Fylgifiskar, Gallery Fiskur, and Fiskbudin Hafberg.
Saegreifinn restaurant, located in a former fisherman‘s hut in the Old Harbour, serves excellent lobster soup and fresh-grilled fish skewers in an informal setting.

Day 2 Gulfoss- Geysir- The South Coast: Waterfalls,  Geysers, Cliffs & Stone Arches, Black Sand Beaches  - 330km
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:
This particular region of Iceland is known as the breadbasket of Iceland and as there are many farms here you have some excellent dining options:

The small café at Fontana Geothermal Baths bakes traditional sweet rye bread using the earth’s natural geothermal heat. At 14:30 (2:30pm) every day, you can watch as the bread is removed from its cooking tins in the ground and taste it fresh with plenty of Icelandic butter (this experience must be pre-booked).  If you don't have time to wait for the tour we still recommend you try a slice of the cafe‘s rye bread topped with smoked trout from the lake.

The Efstidalur II traditional cattle farm is just a 10-minute drive from Gullfoss waterfall. The restaurant, overlooking the cowshed, offers local beef and vegetables as well as homemade milk products such as ice cream, feta cheese and skyr (a thick, nutritious yogurt-like product). During your stop, you can watch the dairy cows through a big window in the dairy barn. The Ice Cream Barn and restaurant are open daily 11:30-20:00 (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 like tomato soup and green tomato and apple pie. The restaurant is open daily between 11:00 and 16:00 (11:00am – 4:00pm).  In order to guarantee a table, please call ahead in advance for a reservation.

Get to know Icelandic town life and hospitality with the new Walk and Dine with the Locals experience in Selfoss.  Join a local couple for a guided walk around their pretty town and visit their home for dinner, coffee and conversation.  (This experience should be booked in advance).

Day 3 Skaftell- Glacial Lagoon- Vik: Europe's Largest National Park  & Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - 479km
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 - 335km 
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 Borgarnes 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. Don’t forget to leave room for a slice of homemade cake.

 

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. Please call ahead to confirm their opening times (Tel: 437 1400).

Day 5 Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Sea Cliffs - Rock Formations - Quaint Fishing Villages - 330km
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 Borgarnes 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? Please call ahead to check that they are open. 

Day 6: Reykjanes Peninsula: Volcanic Landscapes - Bubbling Mud Pools - Quaint Fishing Village - Geothermal Spa - 207km
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, famous for its heritage of producing saltfish (bacalao).  Saltfish is undeniably responsible for the prosperity of the Icelandic nation, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th century when the industry was at its peak. Then perhaps visit 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 Crab 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 - 50km
Arrangements end with the return this morning of your rental car to  Keflavik airport.

Departures: Daily 1 October - 30 April 

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 authorised driver; VAT, airport surcharge, road map and travel guide; emergency phone line 24hrs.

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

Tour Notes:

Accommodation: choose from 2 levels of accommodation: Economy or Comfort: 
Economy: accommodation with private facilities in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Comfort: accommodation with private facilities in quality hotels and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Car hire:  Choose from Group 1.3 Suzuki Swift 4WD Manual or similar; Group 2.5 Suzuki SX4 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 GX 4WD Manual or similar; Group 7.2 Toyota Landcruiser GX 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 for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room

Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the beginning or end, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations and the exact location of your   hotel will vary according to availability. The itinerary indicates the region only for each overnight stay (with the exception of the first and last nights which are always in Reykjavik itself)

The price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of car pick up and finishing at the same time. Additional use of the car beyond this time frame will incur additional days rental fee.

You must be 21 years of age to rent any car, and 23 years of age to rent a car category 5.0 or higher; and have a valid driver's license with photo ID (an international driver's licence is not otherwise required).

Distances shown are approximate. 

The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price    

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1576.00
Single AUD$ 2622.00

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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