Icelanders are a patriotic people who fiercely protect a proud culture that has changed little since the arrival of the first Vikings on the island. From the ancient sagas and culinary “treats” that have stood the test of time, to the unique language and a persistent belief in the existence of a hidden people, a trip to Iceland would be incomplete without engaging with the locals and experiencing the culture. While we can certainly offer the clichéd tourist-oriented cultural experience, we prefer to weave the experience seamlessly into the itinerary
On any Active Iceland journey, we enhance the experience with a home-hosted meal and occasionally a homestay, tapping in to that famed Icelandic hospitality bred from centuries of reliance on the generosity of the human spirit needed to survive a hostile natural environment. Expect to sample delicacies such as kæstur hákarl – traditionally cured putrid shark – with a shot of Brennivin, the local fire water. Culinary Iceland is not all about rams testicles and boiled sheep’s heads, however, with chic and trendy Reykjavik in particular experiencing a foodie revolution and a number of great fine dining restaurants, boutique craft brewers and distilleries produce some fine cuisine, wonderful local beers and unique Icelandic gin, vodka & schnapps - with food and wine being an integral part of any Active Iceland experience, your body can be sure to be fuelled well for the next adventure..