Things to do in Iceland, Iceland: The Best Beer Tastings & Tours

September 15, 2021 Misti Hsu

Iceland (/ˈaɪslənd/ ( listen); Icelandic: Ísland, pronounced [ˈistlant]) is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population of 348,580 and an area of 103,000 km (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population.

1. Private Reykjavik Pub Crawl

Reykjavik Insider
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Get ready to say, “skál!” or cheers, on this three-hour private pub crawl through Reykjavik's craft brewery scene with a local beer aficionado. You’ll sample Icelandic brews alongside locals, learn about the art of brewing, and why the country celebrates Beer Day every March 1. It’s sure to be a night of revelry fit for a Viking.

Inclusions: Two exceptional Icelandic beers, A shot of Brennivín (Black Death), A Craft Beer Platter, Fermented Shark, A spectacular Icelandic Cocktail, Expert guide to share Icelandic beer culture, Experience Reykjavik with your private local guide

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, Gratuities, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By pghskier

Our first day in Reykjavic we walked the city with our guide Arnaut. He did a great job introducing us to what the city has to offer and the rich history of Iceland. Arnaut was a great guide and showed as much interest in us as we did him and his culture. After the tour we felt comfortable with the city and spent several more hours back tracking our steps to spend more time in the many shops and attractions. Thanks Arnaut for an excellent overview of Reykjavik! This tour is highly recommended.

2. Reykjavik made fun with local food, beer & chocolate factory tour

Hallgrimskirkja, Hallgrímstorg 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Reykjavik Outventure
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Come with us on this awesome food and drink walking tour around the northernmost capital in the world and the Westernmost in Europe. Experience all what the city has to offer. Taste the best food, visit the most famous spots and have a look at some secret gems in Reykjavik. If you are a real food lover and love to have fun, then this is definitely for you. A local guide will walk around with you for 3-4 hours and let you taste all there is worth to taste in the city. • Make the most of your time in Reykjavik • Taste all the best Reykjavik has to offer in a small group with a local guide • Taste authentic the local food and drinks • Try rye-bread ice cream • Have the catch of the day • Visit a chocolate factory Start the tour from marvellous cathedral, visit local restaurants, try authentic pastry which we call ,,Hjónabandasæla" in Iceland or in English ,,Happy marriage cake". Sit down and have the latest fish catch of the day and end the day at Icelands only chocolate factory

Inclusions: Food tasting, 2-course dinner, Professional guide, Live entertainment, Snacks, Alcoholic Beverages, Free wifi the whole time

Exclusions: Hotel drop-off

Reviewed By BeardoAustralia

We where picked up at Bust stop one in the centre of Reykjavik by a very pleasant young lady ('The German girl'), Faye I think is her name. On time. The whole trip was great fun and our guide/driver was funny, engaging, accommodating and a safe driver. We drove through snow storms that we had never experienced before (we are from Australia) and we never felt like we were in any danger. The sights were pretty quite as far as other tourists are concerned, due to COVID-19 which was rather nice. The farm visit was awesome - food for vegetarians was an option - and our host there was great and provided us with a very interesting bit of history for the local area and their family business (hope they are still managing with all the restrictions). I recommend this trip for anybody as the walking was easy and the bus comfortable.

3. Reykjavik Beer & Booze Tour

Ingólfur Square, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Your Friend In Reykjavik
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EXPERIENCE THE BEST BARS IN REYKJAVIK. On the Reykjavik Beer and Booze Tour, you will taste 10 unique Icelandic craft beers or 5 snaps from all around Iceland. By joining our Reykjavik Pub Crawl you will experience an expert local who knows how to entertain as well as educate you about the fun & quirky history of beer & alcohol in Iceland. - VISIT THREE GREAT BARS IN REYKJAVIK - SAMPLE TEN CRAFT BEERS FROM ICELAND - OR 5 DELICIOUS & DIFFERENT SNAPS & SPIRITS - TIPS ON WHERE TO EAT, DRINK AND HAVE FUN - THE BIZARRE HISTORY OF ALCOHOL IN ICELAND - EXPERT LOCAL GUIDE - TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE ON DRINKS IN ICELAND - GET ORIENTED IN THE REYKJAVIK CITY CENTER We are happy to cater a little to your preferences for beer or spirits but at the same time encourage you to be adventurous. You don’t have to be a special beer lover to have fun on our tour and maybe you will even be introduced to a beer style you will love.

Inclusions: Beverages, Local guide, Professional guide, Alcoholic Beverages

Exclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Gratuities

Reviewed By Donna D

Very enjoyable afternoon. Learned about Reykjavik and heard entertaining stories. Guide answered our questions and gave great recommendations.

4. Bryggjan Brugghús Craft Beer Tour

Barion Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Bryggjan Brugghus Bistro & Brewery

Bryggjan Brugghús is Iceland’s 1st Micro Brewery and bistro located in the trendiest area of Reykjavík harbourside. The bistro offers local food in a cool atmosphere with world class beverages brewed on site. Our menu offers a variety of local seafood, salads, steaks, and desserts. You may also enjoy some great street food to go along with our beer that is brewed on the premises. On this Beer Tour you will be given a a taste of the beers we brew and may choose between a tasting of 3, 6, or 12 beers. This tour is short and sweet but gives insight into the Icelandic draft beer making.

Inclusions: 3 beer tasting from our micro brewery, Beer tour with our brewer

Exclusions: Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at our bar), Drinks, Food and drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch on weekends, Bar menu

Reviewed By JensogSetta

Went with some work colleagues for dinner. The burgers were just ok, way to thick for our taste. The place looks pretty good and the location is amazing.

5. Private Artic Sigló-Kaldi Beer Spa & Dining Experience

Akureyri, Akureyri, Northeast Region Akureyri Luxur

Experience in one of our finest luxury tours the beautiful coastline of eyjafjörður the coastal living on this tour of North Iceland, where you will traverse through the villages of the Troll Peninsula before participating in local Kaldi beer-baths in árskógssandur. If you are staying in or near Akureyri and want to get to know the wonderful and relaxing culture and enjoy the unique experience of the North, this adventure is ideal for you. 

Inclusions: Local taxes, Dinner, Food tasting, Wine tasting, All activities, Driver/guide, Headsets to hear the guide clearly, Local guide, Professional guide, Tour escort/host, Hotel drop-off, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Hotel/port drop-off, Hotel/port pickup, Port pickup and drop-off, Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Private tour, Lunch, Bottled water, Alcoholic Beverages

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Reviewed By Kim E

I don't do reviews often but this company deserves it. Hlynur was AMAZING. So prompt, professionally dressed, funny, kind, personable, knowledgeable, and amazing with my children. It was my twins' 9th birthday that day, they asked prior how old and surprised them with a gift for each that they loved. Made them feel so special. One had to visit restroom towards end of tour and he whisked her off through a HUGE crowd directly to one we could not have found ourselves and the tour was already done. They went above and beyond and gave us a fantastic day. The nature baths and Lake were so awesome and Iceland overall - you just can't go wrong. Beautiful place and Hlynur loves his home and country and you can tell through his tour and passion for the things we were seeing. I cannot recommend them enough. DO BOOK THROUGH THEM if you book at all!

6. Grand Iceland Coach Tour: 9 Nights - 10 Day

ARAGO TRAVELS

This in-depth 10 day tour takes you across the beautiful country of Iceland along with its many sites. You will see the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle route. The raw beauty of South Iceland will be in all its glory when you see Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the Black Sand Beach. Enter a Glacier Cave. Ride the waves alongside Wales. Visit all of North Iceland, the Lake Myvatn area and the Nature Baths. Relax in the Blue Lagoon. In this tour you will visit almost all of Iceland within 10 days. ● Includes 9 Nights in hotels with breakfast ● Hotels, transfers and sightseeing tours are booked. Just fly in and enjoy Iceland, hassle-free ● Travel in a group and meet like minded travelers along the way ● Visit almost all the regions of Iceland on your tour

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, All Sightseeings & transfers by coach, 7 Nights in Hotel in Reykjavik, 2 Nights in Hotel in Dalvik, Hotel Pickup & Drop, Whale Watching, Blue Lagoon, Glacier Cave, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach, Lake Myvatn, Reykjavik City Tour, Golden Circle Tour - Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Bruggsmiðjan Kaldi Brewery, Goðafoss Waterfall, Dimmuborgir, Mývatn Nature Baths, Námaskarð, Grjótagjá, Dalvik, Diamond Beach, Glacier Lagoon

Exclusions: Flights, VISA & Insurance, Items of Personal Nature

Reviewed By adityashah95

We booked the trip from New York, and we’d heard of Sarah through friends in India. The trip was very meticulously planned, and proved to be a very good respite during the pandemic. Iceland is a very beautiful country, and Arago added quite a few unconventional stops on our tripX which made it even more memorable.

7. Grand Iceland with Northern Lights Coach Tour: 9 Nights - 10 Day

ARAGO TRAVELS

This in-depth 10 day tour takes you across the beautiful country of Iceland along with its many sites. You will see the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle route. The raw beauty of South Iceland will be in all its glory when you see Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the Black Sand Beach.Chase Northern Lights. Enter a Glacier Cave. Ride the waves alongside Wales. Visit all of North Iceland, the Lake Myvatn area and the Nature Baths. Relax in the Blue Lagoon. In this tour you will visit almost all of Iceland within 10 days. ● Includes 9 Nights in hotels with breakfast ● Hotels, transfers and sightseeing tours are booked. Just fly in and enjoy Iceland, hassle-free ● Chase Northern Lights ● Travel in a group and meet like minded travelers along the way ● Visit almost all the regions of Iceland on your tour

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, 7 Nights in Hotel in Reykjavik, 2 Nights in Hotel in Dalvik, Hotel Pickup & Drop, All Sightseeings & transfers by coach, Northern Lights Tour, Whale Watching, Blue Lagoon, Glacier Cave, Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn, Reykjavik City Tour, Golden Circle Tour - Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Bruggsmiðjan Kaldi Brewery, Goðafoss Waterfall, Dimmuborgir, Mývatn Nature Baths, Námaskarð, Grjótagjá, Dalvik, Diamond Beach, Glacier Lagoon

Exclusions: Flights, VISA & Insurance, Items of Personal Nature

Reviewed By adityashah95

We booked the trip from New York, and we’d heard of Sarah through friends in India. The trip was very meticulously planned, and proved to be a very good respite during the pandemic. Iceland is a very beautiful country, and Arago added quite a few unconventional stops on our tripX which made it even more memorable.

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