Explore beautiful Reykjavik while learning about Icelandic beer, it‘s history and visit the best bars with a local guide, on the Reykjavik Beer Tour.
Icelanders love a drink, especially beer. Being of Viking descent, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. There are numerous mentions of ale drinking in the old sagas, even as the cold climate made it hard for early Icelanders to grow barley locally. Like many countries, Iceland went through a period of prohibition. In 1915 a majority of 60% voted for a total ban on wine, beer and spirits. The ban on wine was lifted in 1922 and on spirits in 1935 but for some reason, beer was banned in Iceland until 1989! Even today alcohol sales in Iceland are highly regulated and government-run liquor stores (Vinbudin) are the only places to buy alcohol in Iceland.
The Reykjavik beer tour is perfect for beer lovers of all kinds as it consists of a 2-3 hours tour around downtown Reykjavik and beer tasting and an exploration of the history of beer in Iceland. On this tour, we will visit four of the most interesting beer venues in Reykjavik and taste over 10 different Icelandic beers. Included is a visit to the only microbrewery in Reykjavik, a hip gastropub, the best micro bar in town and the one venue that has the largest Icelandic beer selection of them all.
Beer is such a great conversation starter, so this is a great way to connect with the locals and explore Reykjavik with a fun and knowledgeable local beer expert.
All drinks are included and light bar snacks. At every location, we will enjoy unique Icelandic beers and work our way through Iceland’s incredible beer saga. In other words, the Reykjavik Beer Tour is the perfect introduction to Icelandic beer.
Reykjavik: Cool, quirky, and cutting-edge Reykjavik will captivate you. The city’s enticing combination of jaw-dropping nature just outside its doorstep and cosmopolitan delights is mesmerizing. The greater Reykjavik area has about a total of 60% of Iceland’s population. Reykjavik’s legendary nightlife beckons with an eclectic mix of clubs, sophisticated wine bars, cosy pubs and other hangouts of the hip.
Laugavegur: The main street, Laugavegur, stretches all the way through downtown Reykjavik and in addition to offering some great bars, restaurants and shopping spots, a stroll along it will also give you the opportunity to see the sights of the city and experience the spirit of the locals. Laugavegur is the main place in Iceland where the locals go to experience a night out on the town.
Icelandic beverages: Icelanders sure enjoy their drinks. Being of Viking descent, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. There are numerous mentions of ale drinking in the old sagas, even as the cold climate made it hard for early Icelanders to grow barley locally.
- A local guide and a walking tour in and around down town Reykjavik with a visit to the old harbour.
- Visit to four amazing local bars
- Sample of over 10 Icelandic beers. Please note that the selection changes from tour to tour as we try to offer the best seasonal beers possible at each time.
- All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 4 participants
- Minimum age for participation in tour is 20 years old