On our Private Akureyri Countryside & Local Food we explore the rural area of Eyjafjörður Fjord. Eyjafjarðarsveit as it is called by the locals, is one of Iceland’s biggest agricultural areas. The river of Eyjafjörður runs through it and adds it´s picturesque character to almost everywhere you look while nurturing the land and making it one of the most fertile in Iceland. Restaurants and coffee houses from the area pride themselves for using local ingredients. Companies in tourism are all owned by local families wanted to preserve and promote food production and culture. In this tour we visit farms and explore the rural way of life. You will get to know the Icelandic horse, learn about The Great White Plague (Tuberculosis) in a historic exhibition. In Kaffi Kú you will enjoy unique food experience and high tech farming.
THE WORLD FAMOUS LOFT IN A HIGH TECH COWSHED WITH A VIEW OF 300 HAPPY COWS AND CALVES. In Kaffi kú you will taste authentic food from the farm,our specialty is Icelandic beef and fresh milk from the farm. The food is served in small courses on a delicious warm waffles, both sweet and savory. With the food we will serve local beers. We tell people about our happy cows and the robots that have changed their lives. Our guests can come close to the calves and cows and even give them a hug. The tour ends with a nice taste of our fresh milk.
We have opened our doors to guests that are interested in learning about the unique Icelandic horse. They are able to see Icelandic horses in their natural environment and their history and unique qualities are brought to life with emphasis on the horse‘s multiple skills and diversity. Brúnir Horse also houses a studio and an exhibition area where our guests can view the farmer’s paintings that are on show and for sale. Additionally, the works of other artists will be on show from time to time. Our visitors can enjoy local cuisine on the premises in our small and homely café.
Hælið – the Great White Plague center
We tell stories about loss, sorrow, isolation and despair but also about hope, serenity, romance and a lust for life.
A tuberculosis sanatorium was built at Kristnes in 1927. TB is a deadly infectious disease caused by bacteria and it was particularly heavy on young people in the twentieth century. People were put away for isolation in sanatoriums. There were no medicine for TB until mid century. The only cure was to give the patient good housing, healthy food and fresh air. The rate of death was high and patient that came to Kristnes didn’t necessarily expect to get out from there again. Welcome to experience a touching exhibition.
Just outside of Akureyri city you will find a Christmas House – Jólahúsið – in Hrafnagil in Eyjafjörður fjord. Surrounded by a cozy Christmas Garden and holiday spirits you will get in a festive mood. It is a must-visit while in this area. It is ever so lovely, like a magical world.
Icelandic farm animals ● Meeting local farmers ● Christmas Garden
Fully guided tour