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Valor is an amazing guide. He was able to encompass history with food. We tried many food groups, some of which I never would have tried. Some we liked and some we didn't, sheep testicles. My husband and I even went back to the restaurant , Hressingarskal Inn Bistro Pizzeria, for dinner one nite. This tour is a great way to see the city from a local perspective. I have a better appreciation for Icelandic food and preparation. Thanx for a wonderful experience in Reykjavik food.
This is one of the very best food tours we have taken - and we are 'foodies.' We were able to taste the heritage dishes of Iceland - from smoked Puffin to lamb soup and many more. Come hungry...the tastes are full-sized from long standing restaurants in the harbor area. But pace yourself, there is so much. Our host was the owner of the tour company and a native of Iceland. He was exceptional sharing not only the background of the dish, but also providing many facts about Iceland and its history. We highly recommend this weekend tour which includes the Kolaportið Flea Market and fermented shark. You can hear everything since the tour is kept to a small number. The walk is level and comfortable. A great afternoon. Enjoy!!
We thank our guide Valur for the wonderful time we had. The food was delicious. Your willingness to answer our questions and friendly manner made the tour very special. We will highly recommend your tour. Thanks
This food lovers tour was definitely the hi-light of our trip. Our guide Valor was personable, knowledgeable on both the history and customs of Iceland and educated us on these as well things as well as the food. The food choices were excellent. We ate some extremely interesting foods from puffin to lamb soup to fermented shark to Icelandic version of hot dogs to pastries to whale to lobster soup and finishing off with beer and skyr. Outstanding value for the money, good education and all around a fantastic afternoon. We would highly recommend this tour.
Our tour started in Ingolfur Square at the exact same time as the World Cup match. There was some confusion with some of the restaurant locations which resulted from this. Despite that and the rain on the day, on this tour, we were able to sample some of the quintessential Icelandic foods, including the much talked about fermented shark. It was a nice tour centered around the city center area. Our tour guide Inka was very friendly as well.
You HAVE to be hungry to take this food tour. I THOUGHT I was hungry but by the third stop I was full and the remaining stops didn't have the same appeal. I would recommend that when the tour guide stops to purchase the food selections, if you're with another person--SHARE one order at each stop. After the third stop my wife and I were sharing one selection. Some of the foods were much more enjoyable than others. The hots dogs are top notch, the lamb soup is excellent, and the lobster soup and bread is outstanding. The puffin I did NOT care for--extremely salty, cold, and not to my liking. I could have passed on that. The rolled pancakes were not bad but nothing special, literally rolled pancakes with sugar. The fermented shark meat proved to be the single most distasteful food item I've eaten in my lifetime. Not in this trip, not in my adulthood, not in my married life, but in my entire 59-year lifetime. I would counsel all future Food Lovers Small Group Walking Tourists to PASS on this selection. It is a sample of fermented shark meat about the half the size of a die you'd roll in a game of chance. But believe in THIS game EVERYONE loses. It smells like ammonia, and tastes like a chewy piece of flavorless meat SOAKED in AMMONIA and URINE. I had an upset stomach for the rest of the day. Ignore what the guide tells you and trust someone that tried it....PASS!!!!
Our guide was extremely friendly and he will answer any and all questions you pose about the food or the culture in Iceland. The way is works is you walk around to various pubs, restaurants, and street vendors and the guide pays for each of you to sample one item commonly enjoyed in Iceland. But again I'd counsel that you SHARE one item each place, excluding the fermented shark, that way you won't be so full so fast and you'll enjoy the later selections must more.
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