How Skyr Is Made: A West Iceland Food Adventure

Visit a Farm in West Iceland
Visit a Farm in West Iceland
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  • Duration8 Hours
  • Group Size7 Person Max
  • Meeting Location101 Hallgrímstorg, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Learn How to Make Skyr at a Traditional, Family-run Dairy Farm…

Skyr is a fresh, acid-set cheese made from cow’s milk that has been an important part of the Icelandic diet since the country was settled in the 9th century.

Today Erpsstadir Creamery is one of the few places in the country where you’ll find Icelandic skyr production done the traditional way. They are a member of Economuseum, a growing international network of artisans with more than 70 members worldwide.

Erpsstadir Creamery is a family-run dairy farm where honesty and transparency are the foundation of production. On the farm, the milking cows live in the best possible conditions. Under the same roof, the farmers diligently produce their products to open up new dimensions in the experience of dairy products and, simultaneously, honor old traditions.

You learn how typical Icelandic skyr is produced at the creamery and taste freshly made skyr for yourself. After a delicious lunch at a farm restaurant, we enjoy a leisurely hike to the top of an ancient crater found nearby, where we’ll discover magnificent views.

Visiting an artisan’s workshop in an Economuseum allows you to go behind the scenes and speak to the people who live, breathe, and work in your location. It opens a window to the traditional Icelandic lifestyle and this land’s economy, history, and culture – in essence, it lets you peek into the soul of the local community.

Get an authentic taste of an Icelandic tradition.

At the farm, you will meet the farmer and his animals before receiving a short introduction to traditional skyr making. The skills you learn here will prepare you for producing your skyr when you return home.

You will have lunch at a local farm restaurant and have the opportunity to go for an easy hike to the top of Grábrók, a small crater (560 feet) formed by an eruption approximately three thousand years ago. From the top of the crater, you have a magnificent view of a large part of West Iceland, including massive lava fields created during an ancient volcanic eruption.

West Iceland offers various stunning landscapes such as energetic waterfalls, rugged lava fields, salmon rivers, mountains, and beautiful valleys.

It’s also one of the best farming areas in Iceland, making it the perfect area to mix visits to beautiful natural attractions such as waterfalls, ravines, and lava fields, with a visit to a farm.

This is the perfect tour for those travelers looking to mix gorgeous sightseeing with an education about the culture and cuisine of rural Iceland.

Lunch is included and consists of local delicacies.

If you have any questions about this tour, please get in touch.

What's Included

  • Guided tour through West Iceland, local food refreshment & lunch
  • Learn How to make Skyr at your home
  • Farm visit
  • An easy hike up the volcanic crater Grábrók
  • An excellent guide who knows West Iceland, and proudly shares his knowledge
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 7 people
  • As meat, fish and dairy products are an important part of the Icelandic diet, these food types are prominent in the food offered. However, vegetarian options are possible upon request. Participants are responsible for taking care of any allergies or food intolerance they may have. Please send an e-mail with your specifications at least 24 h in advance and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Good to know

  • Please dress according to weather
  • Good hiking shoes for the hike to Grábrók
  • Going everyday at 9 am
  • Meeting point for the tour is at the pick up/drop off spot to the right hand side of Hallgrímskirkja. You will find a blue pole with a pink sign marked #8, Hallgrímskirkja. Please be there at 8:50 am before tour departure.
  • The tour is about 7-8 hours so you should be back in Reykjavik at around 4-5 pm
  • For larger groups, contact us
  • It's possible to pay for pickup in the great Reykjavik area