Westman Islands are known for their great and unique food culture. Ever since the island was built it has contained a variety of food resource; diverse bird life has given well when men descent in the steep cliffs picking eggs from nests for food and the fish in the ocean was the main food of the islanders for centuries. Later many people came from the mainland and Europe to work here in fishing and processing.
Today we have restaurants that are among the best in the country and great emphasis is placed on fresh ingredients. What's more fun than walking between the places here in the islands and getting fun stories and great tastes? This tour is wonderfully combined with good food, stories of the life in the islands and a little history for your group.
We expect the tour to start on the pier, but it is not a problem to have the starting point elsewhere if requested.
Take a leisurely stroll to restaurant Slippurinn, which is known for its use of local and seasonal ingredients. Slippurinn is in an old machinery workshop that used to serve the old shipyard, it’s interesting to point out that Slippurinn look for wild herbs and seaweeds in the islands and grow the rest of the herbs they need. Slippurinn works closely with small producers, fishermen and farmers to ensure quality and sustainability of their food.
It is a short walk from Slippurinn to Sprangan. For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Sprangan is the training station where young islanders practiced swinging with ropes in the cliffs for food gathering in earlier times. Today both boys and girls swing in the rope, that hangs in the cliffs, and many are quite capable. The guide shows how to rope swing the old tradition way and those who dare can try themselves.
We walk back and the guide tells interesting and funny stories about the people of the islands, the route runs through the town center and to Sagnheimar-folk museum. Our folk museum doesn’t hold a dozen of old rocks or riding gears like many others, in Sagnheimar-folk museum you can see memories of events and unique aspects of the history of the Westman Islands. In the museum you can e.g. plunge into a decorated national holiday tent, stroll into a classic dorm room of fish workers in 1980 or view a cartoon series of the Turkish raid. Sagnheimar-folk museum is without a doubt the best regional museum in the country according to the locals.
Finally, there is a short way to Gott restaurant where the group sits down and has a delicious meal at this beautiful restaurant. Gott means Good and it is a healthy and creative family restaurant where everything is prepared from scratch. Emphasis is placed on fresh ingredients and good taste as well as a cozy environment to enjoy the food. The restaurant is in the towns center so the location is the perfect end to a good tour.