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As well as its popular attractions, Reykjavik offers a range of exciting activities, from hiking glaciers to making blood puddings. Discover the beauty of Iceland by uncovering these cultural experiences that will introduce you to a different side of the country.
As Iceland is surrounded by water, seafood is a big part of the national cuisine, and what better way to learn about the island’s gastronomy than by catching your own fish? Many Icelandic restaurants offer a catch of the day, and this sea fishing gourmet tour teaches you all about the how it gets there. Setting off from the harbour, the three-hour tour takes visitors out to the open sea, where you may catch anything from cod and haddock to rockfish and pollack. Upon your return to the mainland, you will work on your cooking skills by preparing your catch to be eaten.
Iceland’s glaciers are a beloved part of the national landscape, but are rapidly shrinking: 2019 saw the death of the Okjökull glacier, with locals holding a funeral in its memory. Now is the time to see these incredible natural wonders, while they’re still around. Located just two hours away from Reykjavik, this tour gives you an up-close view of the Sólheimajökull glacier, as you trek across frozen blue rivers and learn to climb inside steep crevasses.
Nothing beats an authentic local experience when you’re travelling. Get to know Icelandic culture, learn about Icelanders and their way of living by having dinner with a local artist in their home. The three-hour encounter takes place in downtown Reykjavik, where you’ll enjoy an Icelandic meal that could be anything from smoked trout to slow-cooked lamb.
The Icelandic landscape is amazing, so why not enjoy it while taking part in an outdoor activity? Taking place at the Hvita River – a glacier river in south Iceland – this rafting adventure will take participants on a journey through a seven-kilometre (four-mile) stretch of the river, rafting while taking in scenic views of the area. Once reaching your final destination, a steamy sauna awaits to ensure you end the day on a note of relaxation.
Drive just 10 minutes from Reykjavik, to the small town of Hafnarfjörður, and you will find the Íshestar Stables, a horse riding centre that lets you ride through some of the most scenic areas of Iceland. The horse riding tour invites visitors to a two-hour session; here, you’ll ride the horses through lava fields and beautiful green hillsides, against stunning backdrops of mountains and volcanic rock formations.
Ever wondered how Vikings made their weapons? Spend the day with a knife making expert who’ll teach you how to create your own Viking knife and leather sheath – an essential tool for survival during the Viking era. This rare opportunity takes place 15 minutes away from Reykjavik and includes a tasty home-cooked lunch and the chance to spend time with local residents while learning about Viking culture and history.