Breiðafjörður has long been known as Iceland’s larder, as the area has remained one of the nation´s richest food sources throughout the ages. In centuries past, large numbers of our Icelandic ancestors would relocate to Breiðarfjörður to seek out food in order to survive during times of hardship. That culture of harvesting and providing remains, and in Stykkishólmur today you can find a surprisingly large number of high quality restaurants and artisan food producers per capita.
On this tour we treat Stykkishólmur as our own little food market. We will slowly work our way through town, visit producers and collect supplies that we will use to prepare delicious dishes for our gourmet picnic. We will collect mussels (when in season), dulse (a delicious, edible seaweed) from Símon a local seaman, cured fish and meat from local restaurants Sjávarpakkhúsið and Narfeyrarstofa, dried fish from Valli, sourdough bread from Helgi the baker and organically grown vegetables from Lágafell, a farm in the neighbourhood. Hopefully we will be able to meet some of these producers and farmers along the way. We will bring homemade sweets, bubbly and coffee of course.
On our way to the picnic site we will tell you about our little town, the food we are about to enjoy and whatever you would like to know about life in a small fishing village in Iceland.
If you are short on time but still want to enjoy a picnic with us and taste the local gourmet food we point out "the Picnic - S l o w l y" tour.
Number of participants: max 16 (this is to ensure a personal experience and leave ample room for questions). If you are fewer please look into our special tours and be in touch and we will figure something out.
Schedule: During the winter months we offer tours upon request. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to find suitable time.
Duration: Depending, we pick different picnic sites upon the weather and our mood so the walks will vary in distance, never exceeding 5 km. We can arrange the tour around your desires, for example if someone in the group has difficulty walking long distances.
Meeting point: We meet at our small office space in Hafnargata 4, Stykkishólmur (see map on our contact site).
Nota Bene: As grandma Dóda always used to say: "There is always some kind of weather". We will try go for our walks whatever the conditions, and we will only cancel our walks if the Icelandic Meteorological Office issues warnings against being outside. In that case we will refund you or invite you on another trip when the weather is better. We encourage you to dress accordingly, especially since we will sit down for a small picnic whatever the weather - and it can get a little bit cold, so put on your long johns and a warm parka.