Iceland boasts a food scene just begging to be explored. With ancient traditional recipes still in use, wonderfully fresh seafood and fascinating takes on familiar foods, there is so much to discover here. Merge natural wonders with wonders of flavour as you visit famous Golden Circle sights such as Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park in between sampling Brennivín and freshly-made dairy products.
Try out a 9-course "Adventure" menu at the incredible Kopar restaurant (also available for vegans or pescetarians!) before sailing out in search of the northern lights over the ocean, and follow a local guide around Reykjavik's best gourmet spots, from famous restaurants to small but charming food trucks. With so many exciting sights and so many delicious things to taste, you won't want to come home.
Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel for the next 4 nights.
Set out from Reykjavik today to drive part of the Golden Circle and see its major highlights, including Thingvellir National Park, Geysir National Park and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. As you drink in some of Iceland's most impressive natural sights, take advantage of stops at local farms and restaurants to sample incredible local food including Brennivín and traditional dried fish. Along the way, you'll also make stops at Friðheimar Greenhouse and Ingólfsskáli Viking Turf House. Between these and the food, you'll grow truly close to Icelandic culture. (B, L)
Today offers a real treat: the chance to eat your way through Kopar's 9 course Adventure tasting menu. Captained by multi award-winning Chef de Cuisine Ylfa Helgadóttir, Kopar is a real foodie's destination, offering unusual but delicious combinations of flavours, all with a classic Icelandic influence. The 9 course Adventure menu is chosen by the chef team and sure to be a fantastic introduction to some new tastes. The restaurant also offers a Vegan or Fish option, so those who don't eat meat or animal products need not miss out.
After dinner, hop aboard a boat and make your way out of Reykjavik harbour for 15-20 minutes. This takes you well away from the light pollution of the city and offers the perfect opportunity to go in search of the northern lights with an experienced guide at the helm. If you're lucky, you'll see the stunning ribbons of colour flickering high above the cold, cold sea. (B, D)
Stay in Reykjavik today and set out in search of the city's best food spots accompanied by an experienced and knowledge local guide who is also a proud foodie. Taste grass-fed Icelandic lamb, try homemade ice cream, sample some of the most delicious local cheeses and of course indulge in some Icelandic Skyr. As you move from gourmet delight to gourmet delight (including Iceland's most famous hot dog truck!), you'll stroll past plenty of city highlights, offering a feast for the eyes as well as the tongue. (B)
Transfer to the airport by coach for your flight back to the UK.