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Iceland Brewery Tour: A Journey through the Ages

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Key Highlights

  • Exclusive brewery tour & beer tasting
  • Guided introduction & history of Icelandic alcoholic beverages
  • Sample drinks that the Vikings brewed!
  • Hotel pick up and round trip transport included
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    2 hours approx

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik.
    (Please mention your hotel / guesthouse details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered

    Pickup and drop-off service will not be provided from Laugavegur and Hverfisgata streets of the city.

    Click here to view the bus stops

    Alternate meeting point: You can join the tour directly at Holtagarðar 10, 104 Reykjavík. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

    Ending Point

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel/guest house in Reykjavik

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Ölgerðin (translates to “The Brewery”), Iceland’s oldest brewery, invites you on an exclusive journey through the drinking saga. Taste the spirit of Iceland on a guided tour of the Ölgerðin Brewery while listening to stories about the drinking culture as it was in the past and is today.

    Your one-hour brewery tour introduces you to the history of alcohol in Iceland and the unique drinking culture that has fostered there. With plenty of Icelandic beers and spirits to sample, this one-hour tour will surely make your day brighter.

    Come take a look at the brewery, dive into the drinking habits, and experience the Icelandic spirit, all in this one entertaining stop at Ölgerðin at their new and stylish headquarters in Reykjavik.


    The Iceland Brewery Tour tour starts with a complimentary hotel pick-up, where a coach will take you to the Ölgerðin Brewery. From there, you will be served native favorites like Gull beer, Malt, and Appelsín, different kinds of drinks with unique histories.

    You will be introduced to our idea of mead, taste beer substitute, sample drinks that the Vikings brewed and what Icelanders drank during the prohibition years, and also taste a shot of Brennivín, produced in our very own distillery, among other extraordinary Icelandic beverages.

    Your expert guide will regale you with stories about Icelandic drinking culture through the ages. Learn about mead, a honey wine that was brewed by the Vikings, and down a shot of Brennivin schnapps, Iceland's signature liquor made from fermented potato mash and caraway seeds.

    Iceland was one of many Nordic countries where alcohol prohibition was enforced in the early 1900s, and you'll hear plenty about this fascinating era on your Ölgerðin brewery tour. Beer was completely banned in the country until as recently as 1989, but the Icelandic drinkers of the time created an interesting beer substitute that you can sample before your guided tour ends.

    If you haven’t experienced Icelandic alcoholic beverages you are in for a treat!

    After the tour is over, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Reykjavik.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transportation by coach
    • English-speaking guide
    • Icelandic beverages


    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Passengers must reconfirm tour and pick up details 24 hours prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    You will be picked up at your hotel 45 minutes prior to tour departure. Be ready at the agreed meeting point so the tour can depart promptly.

    The itineraries in special circumstances may be altered. A suitable alternative will be provided.

    Pickup and drop-off service will not be provided from Laugavegur and Hverfisgata streets of the city.

    A minimum of 4 passengers are required in order to operate this tour. Should you make a booking for less than 4 people and no other passengers be booked for that date then every effort will be made to move you to an alternative date, should that not be possible we will offer you a full refund.

    People below 20yrs are not allowed on this tour.

    Additional info

    Minimum age: 20 years

    The legal drinking age in Iceland is 20 years, and those who have not reached the legal age will not be served alcohol.

  • reviews
    • Good selection of beers very tasty....

      Elsie Wakefield, United Kingdom, 10/Jul/2017
    • Great fun

      Great way to understand some Icelandic history, enjoy a few beers and meet people...

      Bradley Nolan, Australia, 06/Sep/2015
    • Great experience

      The brewery tour was brilliant, it wasn't what we expected as we didn't get shown around a brewery but learnt so much about the Icelandic drinking history and the history of that...

      Mr Michael jones, United Kingdom, 26/Jan/2016
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