Food and Culture

Food, guidance and worlds of history

Food and culture are 4 hours guided tour. We walk around the town and explore the towns highlights. Visit to Sprangan, the training station for the islander’s national sport. Let's taste some deliciously from two of the town's best restaurants and see Sagnheimar – folk museum.
Available:
May - Sept
Length:
~ 4 hours
Group Size:
Minimum 8 pers.

Great restaurants and a museum with a local guide

 

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.

Itinerary

The tour is expected to start at the pier - but of course it’s not a problem changing the start point if it suits the group
From the pier we walk to Slippurinn restaurant - where the group is welcomed with standing snacks as well as a presentation of the restaurant's history
Walk to Sprangan - the rope swinging training station shows how islanders used to swing in the cliffs for food gathering
Walk through the town - the guide tells funny and interesting stories about the people of the islands
Sagnheimar - folk museum, take a round with a guide
Walk to Gott restaurant - meal and good atmosphere

Included

Guidance
Food at Slippurinn
Meal at Gott
Sagnheimar – folk museum

Good to know

We are always willing to help our guests to plan their vacation in Westman Islands
Drinks are not included in the price
Dress for the weather

Book Tour Dates and Time

Please note the tour has a minimum of 8 people in a group

Partners

VikingTours ™ is a family run travel agency with extensive experience and knowledge of the Westman Islands. We offer a wide range of tours and our main sign is a guide to locals. Focus on linking facts to fun stories by the people of the islands. We offer a variety of sea and land experiences, car, bus and walking. Let the magnificent nature enjoy themselves and connect the story and the experience of the people together. Diverse bird life, volcanic history is something that has fascinated a lot and we focus on that whether you are in a group or individuals on a journey we try to fulfill the perfect day in the islands. See you in the islands this summer.
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