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Taste the Saga - Beer Tasting Tour

Taste the fabulous Icelandic Beers

On this fascinating tour you get to taste great Icelandic beers and learn about Iceland beer making and the unique history of beer in Iceland


From the Vikings to the great Icelandic beer prohibition to Iceland’s present day prize winning artisan beers and breweries. Learn all about it, taste really unusual beers and even enjoy a shot of Brennivín, the famous Icelandic ‘fire water’.

  • Availability

    All year - Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun

  • Duration

    2 hours (excluding pick up)

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    20 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Price from

    7.500 ISK

Tour highlights
Icelandic beer culture and history
Taste beers with adventurous flavors
Enjoy a shot of Brennivín, the Icelandic fire water
Learn about Iceland´s brewing technology
Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
All transportation
Visit to Ölgerðin, the oldest brewery in Iceland
Beer and Brennivín tasting
English language guidance

On this tour you get to taste great Icelandic beers at Ölgerðin Egil Skallagrímsson Brewery which created some of Iceland´s international prize-winning brews. They were the first brewery in Iceland, beginning their operation in 1913, just before the prohibition came 1915, so their very survival is a tale of great tenacity.

The Icelanders have needed to overcome quite a few challenges to their beer drinking ways over the years. The Vikings who began to populate Iceland around the year 871 were renowned ale drinkers. In the beginning warmer temperature allowed barley to grow in Iceland, however, a mini ice age put paid to that around 1300 CE / AD. So, there were considerable obstacles even before the prohibition!

You will learn all about the wonderful artisan beers which Icelandic breweries have introduced onto the world beer scene, often with incredibly innovative ingredients. Your beer tasting session and fun tour takes place in a warm and welcoming bar, you are offered a range of these delicious beverages to enjoy in a leisurely manner. Which subtle and interesting flavors will your senses of taste and smell detect? As well as the usual oats, wheat, malt and hops you could taste traces of coriander and orange peel, or even a carefully balanced blend of vanilla, licorice, coffee and perhaps chocolate. You may get to try their famous Boli, which won gold in the lager section of the World Beer Awards in 2017, or another of their international prize-winning beers. You can, though, rest assured you will also taste some less well-known and innovative beers, which are totally magical. To totally immerse you in Icelandic traditions and drinking culture you are offered a shot of ice cold Brennivín – you cannot leave Iceland without tasting this ice cold but totally hot Icelandic liquor!       

Wine and spirits were again legalized in 1935, but perversely not normal strength beer, because beer was a cheap alcoholic beverage it would, it was said, encourage everyday working people to drink more than was good for them. More expensive hard liquor was allowed, so, one rule for the rich and another for the poor! The 1st of March 1989 is the date engraved on the hearts of all beer loving Icelanders – this is the date when full strength beer became legal again. This day has been the much-celebrated annual Beer Day ever since.

For more information and everything you want to know about Icelandic beer read more here.

You are dropped off where we picked you up between 20:00 and 20:30.

What to bring: comfortable clothing suitable for the weather.

Pick up is 17:30 at from your hotel or nearby selected meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is greatly appreciated. The tour departs at 18:00 from the Grayline Terminal at Holtagarður 10, 104 Reykjavík

Please note

This tour is for those who have reached the legal drinking age, which in Iceland is 20 years.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry, our e-mail address is info@adventures.is. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email send us an email to info@adventures.is and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

If I am traveling solo, can I book a trip or is there always a minimum of 2 people?

Must of our tours have a no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are traveling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email info@adventures.is or phone +354 562-7000.

All tours offered as private tour can be found under this link.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We do unfortunately not have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website www.adventures.is as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refunding procedures work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we therefore ask you to patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished so do to the cancellation your payment is still with you booking agent and therefore will the refund be processed by them.

If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is unfortunately not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind so we do hope that you understand.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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