Host: Bergthor and Albert

Reykjavik, Iceland

USD
$220-$232 per person

Traditional Icelandic Cuisine in Central Reykjavik

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Bergthor and Albert

Albert and Bergthor are an absolutely delightful couple living in central Reykjavik. Two art and music lovers, Bergthor is a professional opera singer who is also a talented artist - ask him to show you the original art that is the basis for the wall tapestry he created. Albert is the cook in the family, he went to culinary school and worked in restaurants for years before changing careers and becoming a professional hair stylist. Albert prepares beautiful dishes that are inspired by the traditional homestyle cooking he grew up with. Enjoy elegantly plated dishes in their apartment just off of Reykjavik's main shopping street. Albert might treat you to a singing performance on his beautiful grand piano! Ask about both of their amazing backgrounds - from Bergthor's book (a guide to etiquette) to Albert's museum that he created in northeastern Iceland on the history of French fisherman in Iceland.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (4-10 guests) Join Bergthor and Albert for an three-course meal of traditional Icelandic dishes in their elegantly appointed apartment. Your meal will be prepared by Albert, the cook in the family. Enjoy a plated first course of lax (salmon) topped with a mustard-spiced mixture of leeks and breadcrumbs, or a traditional Icelandic salted cod dish that is prepared over 24 hours. Your first course will be followed by a "amma style" roasted lamb ("Grandma's" lamb from the mountains of Iceland), served with caramelized potatoes (sykurbrúnadar kartfolur) and salad with pomegranates or other seasonal fruit. For dessert enjoy "skyr terta" an Icelandic yogurt cake, or Albert’s Rhubarb “Pie” in the summer months - Albert’s mother’s recipe that he made every day for 10 years in his coffee shop.

Your experience will include a cooking demonstration where you will learn to make a first course of an Icelandic fish dish, which might be either a baked salmon or traditional salted cod dish. You will also learn to make sykurbrúnadar kartfolur, a traditional Icelandic dish of caramelized potatoes (which will be served with a lamb dish, prepared in advance by your hosts) and a dessert. Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a full hands-on cooking class.

After the food has been prepared you will enjoy your meal in Albert and Bergthor's elegant dining room. Coffee will be served with dessert.

Notes: Please note that Bergthor and Albert request a minimum of four guests.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Salmon with mustard, leeks and breadcrumbs
  • Roasted mountain lamb
  • Caramelized pan-roasted potatoes
  • Fresh greens with pomegranate seeds
  • Albert's rhubarb pie

Traveler reviews

Best night ever - great food, great entertainment!
- Lori July 07, 2017

Bergthor and Albert were fantastic hosts and the food was 5-star quality to match. Seriously, the food was amazing! The apartment was beautiful and an easy walk from virtually anywhere downtown. We enjoyed lively conversation, sang songs, played games and learned a lot about Icelandic culture. My girlfriend and I had such a wonderful time that we hope to stay in touch and meet with Bergthor and Albert again. I would highly recommend this experience. Our favorite dish was the cod appetizer.
- Mike July 06, 2017

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Bergthor and Albert

$220-$232 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $232 $220
Alcohol
$14 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $232 $220
Alcohol
$14 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm

Meet Bergthor and Albert

Albert and Bergthor are an absolutely delightful couple living in central Reykjavik. Two art and music lovers, Bergthor is a professional opera singer who is also a talented artist - ask him to show you the original art that is the basis for the wall tapestry he created. Albert is the cook in the family, he went to culinary school and worked in restaurants for years before changing careers and becoming a professional hair stylist. Albert prepares beautiful dishes that are inspired by the traditional homestyle cooking he grew up with. Enjoy elegantly plated dishes in their apartment just off of Reykjavik's main shopping street. Albert might treat you to a singing performance on his beautiful grand piano! Ask about both of their amazing backgrounds - from Bergthor's book (a guide to etiquette) to Albert's museum that he created in northeastern Iceland on the history of French fisherman in Iceland.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (4-10 guests) Join Bergthor and Albert for an three-course meal of traditional Icelandic dishes in their elegantly appointed apartment. Your meal will be prepared by Albert, the cook in the family. Enjoy a plated first course of lax (salmon) topped with a mustard-spiced mixture of leeks and breadcrumbs, or a traditional Icelandic salted cod dish that is prepared over 24 hours. Your first course will be followed by a "amma style" roasted lamb ("Grandma's" lamb from the mountains of Iceland), served with caramelized potatoes (sykurbrúnadar kartfolur) and salad with pomegranates or other seasonal fruit. For dessert enjoy "skyr terta" an Icelandic yogurt cake, or Albert’s Rhubarb “Pie” in the summer months - Albert’s mother’s recipe that he made every day for 10 years in his coffee shop.

Your experience will include a cooking demonstration where you will learn to make a first course of an Icelandic fish dish, which might be either a baked salmon or traditional salted cod dish. You will also learn to make sykurbrúnadar kartfolur, a traditional Icelandic dish of caramelized potatoes (which will be served with a lamb dish, prepared in advance by your hosts) and a dessert. Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a full hands-on cooking class.

After the food has been prepared you will enjoy your meal in Albert and Bergthor's elegant dining room. Coffee will be served with dessert.

Notes: Please note that Bergthor and Albert request a minimum of four guests.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Salmon with mustard, leeks and breadcrumbs
  • Roasted mountain lamb
  • Caramelized pan-roasted potatoes
  • Fresh greens with pomegranate seeds
  • Albert's rhubarb pie

Traveler reviews

Best night ever - great food, great entertainment!
- Lori July 07, 2017

Bergthor and Albert were fantastic hosts and the food was 5-star quality to match. Seriously, the food was amazing! The apartment was beautiful and an easy walk from virtually anywhere downtown. We enjoyed lively conversation, sang songs, played games and learned a lot about Icelandic culture. My girlfriend and I had such a wonderful time that we hope to stay in touch and meet with Bergthor and Albert again. I would highly recommend this experience. Our favorite dish was the cod appetizer.
- Mike July 06, 2017

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $232 $220
Alcohol
$14 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $232 $220
Alcohol
$14 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
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