Savor the local Icelandic cuisine by visiting several farms, where you will have the chance to sample a variety of delicacies such as beef carpaccio, smoked lamb and ice cream.
After departing from the pier, you will drive to a cattle farm in the pristine countryside nearby. Cattle in this area are direct descendants of ones that the original Scandinavian settlers brought, as Iceland hasn’t allowed livestock importation for centuries. After arriving at the farm, you will sample fresh, seasoned beef carpaccio, a savory dish that reflects Iceland’s strict environmental standards, which protect the grasslands where the cattle graze.
Similarly, sheep graze freely in the environmentally protected hills and mountains near Akureyri, lending the lamb a flavor not found elsewhere. Smoking the meat also imparts a distinct taste, as does the fact that Iceland forbids the use of hormones in meat production. At a nearby smoke hut, you will taste the difference by sampling locally raised lamb.
Be sure to leave room for a dessert of ice cream, which will be served at a nearby dairy farm. While the flavors offered will depend on which seasonal ingredients are freshest, you can expect the ice cream to be exceptionally creamy and intensely flavorful.
Lastly, you’ll stop at Santa’s House, a delightful Christmas store that is open year round. It’s a perfect spot to pick up a souvenir from Iceland. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some gravel and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. All participants must be able to enter and exit the vehicle. Warm clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.