taste the icelandic beer revolution

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About the Icelandic Beer Revolution Experience

This is a guided walk visiting some of the best bars of Reykjavík, microbrew bars and local bars slightly off the beaten path. A pleasant combination of enjoying a selection of the best local quality Icelandic beers and getting to know the colorful history of beer in Iceland from the Viking Age to the present, Icelandic culture and the history of the town. This is not a regular pub-crawl where the goal is to dive into the nightlife.

Iceland has experienced a “microbrew revolution” in the last few years. In 2006, the first microbrewery opened in the small village of Árskógssandur in North Iceland. Since then a number of exciting microbreweries have opened up all around Iceland, each experimenting with different ingredients and tastes, some achieving remarkable success, creating truly exceptional Icelandic beers. 

You will learn some history of Iceland in relation to alcohol: What has beer to do with the settlement of Reykjavík, and what kind of beer did the heroes of the Sagas drink? Why was beer banned until 1989 (yes, you read that right: Beer was actually banned in Iceland from 1915-1989!) What did Icelanders drink during the beer-ban years, and what has propelled the recent explosion of craft brewing in Iceland?

This tour is perfect for anyone interested in getting to know and taste some of the best Icelandic beers while listening to real stories, fun facts and the history of the town. No beer lover visiting Iceland should miss out on this remarkable revolution! 


Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 3:30 pm

Any day and flexible starting time from 3:30 pm on for private groups

Age Limit

20 years old


ISK 17,500 total with 1 or 2 people

ISK 8,500 per person with 3 people minimum


2.5 hours approx.


Samplers of a range of Icelandic micro-brews, a shot of traditional Icelandic Brennivín and a taste of traditional Icelandic fermented shark or stock-fish (so that you can cross those items off your “to-do-list”!)



About the host

Hi, I am a historian, journalist and broadcaster. I am also a veteran bartender: Since the early 1990s, shortly after beer was actually made legal, I have worked at some of the historic bars and nightclubs of Reykjavík. 



This experience is booked on request. We will let you know within 72 hours whether your booking request has been accepted or not. No payment will be requested until the booking is confirmed.

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Please note

This is not a regular pub-crawl where the goal is to dive into the nightlife.


This activity takes place rain or shine.


Dress according to weather conditions

Other booking options

Available any day and flexible starting time from 3:30pm on for private groups

ISK 9,900 per person as private with 4 people minimum

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Meeting at/location

Downtown Reykjavik. Meeting point will be provided after booking.


"A Wealth of Information and a Fantastic Walking Tour"

"It was a complete lark that I found Creative Iceland and I am so incredibly happy that I did! I wanted to do something a little out of the box and this was perfect! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about Icelandic history and made it interesting and fun. Creative Iceland and our guide worked around our schedule to accommodate the only night that we were able to do the Walk. Our guide modified his usual route to make the Walk more comfortable (we did the Walk backwards to avoid large Friday night crowds). I would totally recommend this Walk to anyone who has an interest in history and tasting a diverse number of local Icelandic beers (all of which were delicious)."

"This was an excellent tour"
"Magnus was very knowledgeable about all things Icelandic and the various types of Icelandic beers and the history behind them.
I would recommend having food before the tour, especially if you are not used to drinking on a regular basis. I would definitely recommend it to family and friends."

"If you're looking for a unique tour in Reykjavik that combines fascinating local history and insight into Iceland's "Microbrew Revolution," you've come to the right place. Magnus is extremely knowledgeable and well-versed in both history and beer. He tailored the tour to our interests, even taking us to a couple of archaeological sites in the heart of downtown prior to visiting the pubs. He also gave us recommendations for places to eat and things to do. This is a great way to learn about Reykjavik and Iceland, and is much more personal than large tours--highly recommended!

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