Host: Iris

Reykjavik, Iceland

USD
$98-$224 per person

Icelandic home-cooking with musical hosts in downtown Reykjavik

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Street food tour

Meet Iris

Meet Iris and Nonni, two hospitable Icelanders with a passion for travel, food, and music. They run a travel company and lead trips all over their country and are a wealth of knowledge about history, geology, culture and of course, the local food! Iris is a skilled home-cook who says good cooking is in her veins. Her mother was an excellent cook and her daughter has inherited the skill, too. Iris says that the food Icelanders eat at home is completely different from what is found in local restaurants. At home, many meat dishes are slow cooked in the oven and are served simply with potatoes and fresh vegetables that are grown in their greenhouses using geothermal energy. The greenhouses afford them fresh produce year-round, even in the cold, dark winter.

Iris and Nonni are musicians who love to sing. She is learning opera and he sings with two choirs, so don't be surprised if they treat you to a song or two!

What to expect

In-home meal: (2-12 guests) A typical meal at Iris and Nonni’s table includes slow-roasted meat, often Icelandic lamb which is organic and exclusively pasture-raised, local fish like Atlantic salmon that is served, raw, smoked or baked, potato dishes, and bright, fresh vegetables. Your Icelandic meal might begin with appetizer like a raw salmon salad and then continue with a hearty main dish such as leg of lamb with roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables from their greenhouse, and a fresh salad. For dessert Iris offers sweets like berries with traditional Icelandic skyr (a local cultured dairy product like yogurt) or a seasonal fruit tart.

Cooking experience: (2-12 guests) Join Iris and Nonni in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking experience. They will teach you how to prepare 2-3 dishes that are easy to replicate at home. Their kitchen is large and open, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at preparing foods like salmon salad, fresh greens, or dessert.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Meet your hosts at their home and then drive to the nearby market. They will introduce you to some of their favorite Icelandic products and teach you about local agriculture. As you browse you might pick up a few ingredients for your meal. When your visit is complete you'll drive back to their home to begin cooking.

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 tartare salad
  • Roasted leg of lamb
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Berry mousse

Traveler reviews

When you travel to Iris and Nonnie’s home you will be greeted with such warm smiles from two very interesting people who will offer you a drink and some appetizers. We enjoyed a nice getting to know you discussion about the neighborhood and how they became Icelanders. We then moved to dinner where Iris served an amazing salmon salad, Icelandic lamb, potatoes, and these curious green vegetables that looked like peas. We enjoyed truly being treated as guests, our conversation was lively, and the experience was a true joy. We tried some Icelandic after-dinner liquors with our dessert that was similar to custard with berries (very tasty). We finished our evening with some Grand Marnier and my husband wanted to try the electric bicycle for a spin so he and Nonnie went for a quick ride while Iris and I chatted. It was a very treasured experience, the generosity of the hosts was sincere, and it is an experience I will never forget.
Our dinner the previous night with one bottle of wine in a nice restaurant was $250 USD. This dinner surpassed that one measurably, and you cannot put a price on the experience to learn about the local culture and economy while enjoying an amazing dinner. - Lynda, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Iris

$98-$224 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Exact pricing depends on experience and will be shown before booking

Meet Iris

Meet Iris and Nonni, two hospitable Icelanders with a passion for travel, food, and music. They run a travel company and lead trips all over their country and are a wealth of knowledge about history, geology, culture and of course, the local food! Iris is a skilled home-cook who says good cooking is in her veins. Her mother was an excellent cook and her daughter has inherited the skill, too. Iris says that the food Icelanders eat at home is completely different from what is found in local restaurants. At home, many meat dishes are slow cooked in the oven and are served simply with potatoes and fresh vegetables that are grown in their greenhouses using geothermal energy. The greenhouses afford them fresh produce year-round, even in the cold, dark winter.

Iris and Nonni are musicians who love to sing. She is learning opera and he sings with two choirs, so don't be surprised if they treat you to a song or two!

What to expect

In-home meal: (2-12 guests) A typical meal at Iris and Nonni’s table includes slow-roasted meat, often Icelandic lamb which is organic and exclusively pasture-raised, local fish like Atlantic salmon that is served, raw, smoked or baked, potato dishes, and bright, fresh vegetables. Your Icelandic meal might begin with appetizer like a raw salmon salad and then continue with a hearty main dish such as leg of lamb with roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables from their greenhouse, and a fresh salad. For dessert Iris offers sweets like berries with traditional Icelandic skyr (a local cultured dairy product like yogurt) or a seasonal fruit tart.

Cooking experience: (2-12 guests) Join Iris and Nonni in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking experience. They will teach you how to prepare 2-3 dishes that are easy to replicate at home. Their kitchen is large and open, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at preparing foods like salmon salad, fresh greens, or dessert.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Meet your hosts at their home and then drive to the nearby market. They will introduce you to some of their favorite Icelandic products and teach you about local agriculture. As you browse you might pick up a few ingredients for your meal. When your visit is complete you'll drive back to their home to begin cooking.

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 tartare salad
  • Roasted leg of lamb
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Berry mousse

Traveler reviews

When you travel to Iris and Nonnie’s home you will be greeted with such warm smiles from two very interesting people who will offer you a drink and some appetizers. We enjoyed a nice getting to know you discussion about the neighborhood and how they became Icelanders. We then moved to dinner where Iris served an amazing salmon salad, Icelandic lamb, potatoes, and these curious green vegetables that looked like peas. We enjoyed truly being treated as guests, our conversation was lively, and the experience was a true joy. We tried some Icelandic after-dinner liquors with our dessert that was similar to custard with berries (very tasty). We finished our evening with some Grand Marnier and my husband wanted to try the electric bicycle for a spin so he and Nonnie went for a quick ride while Iris and I chatted. It was a very treasured experience, the generosity of the hosts was sincere, and it is an experience I will never forget.
Our dinner the previous night with one bottle of wine in a nice restaurant was $250 USD. This dinner surpassed that one measurably, and you cannot put a price on the experience to learn about the local culture and economy while enjoying an amazing dinner. - Lynda, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $116 $98
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $188 $172
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$224 $224 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Host Contact
  • You can message your host directly once you've made your booking
  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation