A unique opportunity to travel, cook and eat in a small group with Iceland’s leading cheese and dairy expert Eirný Sigurðardóttir. Journey slowly through delightful West Iceland to meet artisan producers and enjoy great food experiences. Eat in a different landscape each day, as we shop, prepare and cook al fresco lunches along the way.
Perfect for food adventurers who enjoy off the beaten track travel and are prepared to forego the ensuite bathroom once or twice in pursuit of an authentic Icelandic experience. It’s a midsummer holiday, so no sunsets, and everything taken care of for you by Eirny and Julia.
- Iceland Al Fresco Cook and Travel
- 7 days/6 nights
- Tour Code: FRE0619
- June 18 to 24 2019
- Group size maximum 12
- Arrive in Iceland on Tuesday June 18 2019
- Journey with Julia
DAY 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND AT MIDSUMMER Tuesday June 18
On arrival at Keflavík Airport, we’ll arrange your transfer into Reykjavik for hotel check in. We begin with an early evening welcome, an introduction by Eirný to Iceland’s food and farming history and a delicious dinner. With only a few days to go before the summer solstice, there’s plenty of daylight left to explore the harbour, or the many bars and cafés in Reykjavik.
DAY 2: HVALFJÖRÐUR, GATEWAY TO WEST ICELAND Wednesday June 19
After breakfast we set off in our small bus, complete with cooking stove and al fresco equipment to spend the day in the ‘Whale Fjord’ area of West Iceland. We will stop for some local farmer’s market shopping, and along the way there’ll be relaxed conversation and plenty of information from Eirný who has so much to tell us. We’ll eat and stay overnight in the local area, rich in wildlife and with beautiful mountain and fjord landscapes to enjoy.
DAY 3: THE SNÆFELLSNESS PENINSULA Thursday June 20
Regarded by many as Iceland’s most beautiful area, the Snaefellsness is also one of the most varied geologically. The back ground for today’s Al Fresco experience is likely to feature a volcanic cone, but the day will also include the fruits of the ocean. Our overnight stay is only a short walk away from one of Iceland’s few golden sand beaches where we’ve been treated in the past to the sight of seals playing in the surf.
DAY 4: BREIÐAFJORÐUR BAY Friday June 21
The mystical Snaefellsjökull glacier signifies the entrance to a beautiful shallow bay, full of tiny islands and skerries and clear sea water that yields delicious shellfish, sea weed and crunchy sea salt flakes. Today the journey begins to feel more remote, and by the evening we will have left the shore line and turned north to Iceland’s dairy rich Dalir region where we will stay, in our most rustic setting, for the next 2 nights. A midsummer night to remember!
DAY 5: DOWN ON THE FARM Saturday June 22
A day on the farm and with a farmer, the sort of day in Iceland that I love when together, we ‘work it out’. This doesn’t mean that it’s unplanned, much more that there are several plans and keeping options open and flexible is the best approach to the day. There will be seaweed, angelica, wild flowers, beaches, fields, sheep and lambs and time spent walking, talking, tasting and cooking. As my granny used to say, ‘Wait and see pudding with expectation sauce!’
DAY 6: LAVA LANDSCAPES Sunday June 23
We turn south today, travelling back to meet route 1, the ring road that runs all around Iceland. With some stops to make for skyr, chocolate and some of the best farm produced meat in the area, we’ll also take the opportunity to combine some exercise with a walk to a stunning geological landform, from where the views are magnificent and include seeing the layout of old farm enclosures. We’ll end the day in Reykjavik and plan to draw our journey to a close with a meal with Eirný at a restaurant of her choice and an overnight stay in an attractive area of the city.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE DAY Monday June 24
It’s departure day, or the chance to see some more of Iceland. We’ll arrange your airport transfer and with a later flight there’s time to see some more of the city, buy some food before you leave or relax in the Blue Lagoon before you go. Either way, we’ll be happy to discuss your ideas and will take care of the arrangements according to your wishes.
- Private group airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Fully escorted 7-day holiday
- Journey led by tutor Eirný Sigurðardóttir with Julia Jones
- Travel by modern coach from day 2-6
- 4 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms with private shower/WC
- 2 nights’ accommodation in countryside accommodation with shared facilities
- 4 Dinners, 5 Lunches and 6 Breakfasts
- Additional food tastings and sampling, shopping for ingredients
- Al Fresco cooking and dining equipment
- Entrance fees where these are included in the itinerary
- We arrange your bookings, itinerary and travel vouchers
- Blue Lagoon visit on departure day
- Walking tour in Reykjavik
- Sightseeing day trips in South Iceland
- More time in Iceland!
- Your flights to and from Iceland, ask if you’d like us to book these for you
- ATOL package (available with flight booking)
- Travel insurance
More about Eirny
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Important note: please expect minor alterations to this al fresco itinerary due to the timing of the arrival of Iceland’s summer and the weather when we are there.
Please contact us for the full details of this holiday.
PRICE per person £2650 for bookings with deposit made by 31.12.18. £2750 from 01.01.19. Save by booking as a group of 4+.