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Sample Iceland's resurgent beer-brewing culturing during this 2-hour excursion to Reykjavik's Olgerdin Brewery. Step inside this distinctive Icelandic brewery, learning about the history of alcohol in the country as well as its unique drinking culture. Best of all, you get to down a few frosty mugs of the brewery's own creations, plus a shot of Brennivín. Your Iceland brewery tour also includes a guide and round-trip transport from select hotels.

Highlights

  • 1-hour guided tour around the Olgerdin Brewery in Reykjavik
  • Learn about Iceland's prohibition years, and history of alcohol
  • Sample famous Icelandic beers including Gull and Malt & Appelsin
  • Enjoy a shot of Brennivin schnapps
  • Try the beer subsitiute that was produced during prohibition
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected Reykjavik hotels

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What You Can Expect

Olgerdin Brewery Tour from Reykjavik

Olgerdin Brewery Tour from Reykjavik

Discover the beer renaissance that's brewing in Iceland during this nighttime brewery visit to Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson. During the course of your visit you'll have a chance to get a sense for Iceland's unique drinking culture and its long history of brewing, a culture that thrives once more despite significant legal restrictions that were in place for most of the 20th century.
Start your brewery experience at around 5pm with a pickup at your hotel in central Reykjavik, continuing to the brewery, which is situated on the eastern edge of Reykjavik. Olgerdin Brewery, which is celebrated as the country's oldest, is at once historic yet appointed with stylish modern details.
Get situated at the brewery and start tasting some classic Icelandic brews, including Gull and Malt & Appelsin, listening as your guide shares stories from Icelandic drinking lore that have been passed down through the ages. Discover the history of mead, a wine fermented with honey that dates back to the Vikings, and sample a shot of Brennivín, the country's iconic liquor produced with potato mash and caraway seeds.
During your time at the brewery you'll also hear about Iceland's history of prohibition, which started in the early 1900s. Up until 1989 beer was banned in the country, resulting in some creative concoctions produced by Iceland's residents to help make it up for its absence. Sample this interesting beer replacement before finishing your excursion with drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Nicole S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Anna the tour guide was amazing! Hilarious, witty and friendly. I am from Boston where beer is a daily drink. Us Bostonians know beer well. And the beer at Olgerdin did not disappoint. All of the beers were light and crisp. No wonder one of them continuously wins beer competitions. Do this tour!

andrew l United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Not so much a brewery tour as it is a beer tasting while learning about the history of Icelandic beer. Our guide was hilarious! Lots of beer, and finish with a shot of Brennivin.

Breanna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We got a lively history of alcohol in Iceland while trying several different types of beers and liquor. At the end we took a tour of the brewery.

George C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Brilliant. Silva I think the guide should be on the stage. This is not a tour but a brilliant evening having the history of the brewery explained whilst being plied with beer. Its more like a lovely evening down the local making new mates. A must do.

Maude_galarneau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great brewery tour! While tasting different beers, we got a great presentation of Iceland and #39;s history/relationship with alcohol. Our guide was very entertaining and made the visit more than fun. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Andrew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great beer tour. Heavy emphasis on the BEER portion and less so on the TOUR portion.

Jessica M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

BEST brewery tour we have ever been on. More about drinking than actual touring! :

Jeffrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent guide who I remember as being named HAPPY, not at all stingy with the beers, recommend for those who want to do something outside the mainstream while in Iceland.

Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Sylvia was awesome! She was excellent at not only entertaining us, but educating us as well.

YOU will be given AMPLE SAMPLES, and there is a very good chance you will leave with a buzz. Best to eat before or immedately after the tour.

Michael F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Sven did an excellent and entertaining job of explaining the history of Iceland's relationship with beer. And he also shed light on other aspects of the Icelandic liquor culture. We enjoyed the tour very much.

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