Top 5 Breweries Around the Ring Road
There’s nothing like a cold, frothy beer at the end of a hard day’s drive and adventuring to help you relax. Luckily, Iceland enjoys a great number of different breweries for such a small country. Beer was illegal in Iceland from 1915 up until the 1st of March 1989, meaning that the country has had a lot of catching up to do in terms of brewing techniques. Stopping off at these breweries on your campervan trip around Iceland will support local businesses, keeping the money in the pockets of the pioneering Icelanders who toil away brewing these delicious beers.
Whilst drinking at these establishments is always fun, Iceland has zero tolerance when it comes to your blood alcohol limit whilst driving. So, park your camper at the campsite and wander up to these breweries instead.
1. Segull 67
Location: Siglufjörður, North Iceland
Siglufjörður lies at the northern tip of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, a good detour off the ring road if you’re in North Iceland. This town was once one of the busiest ports in all of Iceland thanks to the booming herring industry during the 1940s and 1950s, but after they were fished out the town fell a bit by the wayside.
The peninsula itself is a beautiful drive to take, after which you can relax with a tour of the brewery and a tasting of their craft beers. Camping is available in the middle of town overlooking the beautiful harbor.
2. The Brothers Brewery
Location: The Westman Islands, South Iceland
If you’re heading to the Westman Islands (which you should think about doing), then you’ll be able to discover The Brothers Brewery. Started in 2012 by, you guessed it, a group of brothers from the Westman Islands, it has evolved from brewing 19 liters of beer in a basement to becoming a fully blown brewery today.
Not many people make the jaunt out to this island, which also holds the country’s largest puffin colony. The Westman Islands can be reached via the ferry, which can carry camper vans across as well. A beautiful campsite on the outskirts of town commands spectacular views and is nearby to where some puffins nest as well.
3. Ölvisholt Brewery
Location: Selfoss, Southwest Iceland
This is the only brewery on the list that is a bit far from a campsite, so make sure that you have a designated driver with you. Don’t be put off by the working-farm feel of this place when you arrive; once you’re in the cosy taproom, you’ll be made to feel more than welcome. The owners of this brewery are friendly and open to hosting guests, and make you feel more like family than a tourist. There’s not much to do in the way of a tour, so instead just hang out in the taproom and sample some of their brews.
Nearest campsite is back in the town of Selfoss, about 15 minutes’ drive away.
4. Beljandi Brewery
Location: Breiðdalsvík, East Iceland
There’s never much going on in the sleepy town of Breiðdalsvík in East Iceland - rolling into town you might be tempted to drive right back out the other side and continue your trip. But you can rest assured that if you decide to camp in this small town and visit their brewery, you’ll meet some of the friendliest locals and really get a feel for the old school Iceland. The inexpensive campsite is out the back of Hotel Blafell.
5. Einstök Brewery
Location: Akureyri, North Iceland
One of the most famous Icelandic beers and found in the bars and pubs throughout Reykjavik, Einstök beers are instantly recognizable from their Viking logo. This brewery calls Akureyri home, but if you’re in the area don’t visit the brewery – there’s no tours to be had or tasting room where you can sample the brews. Instead, they’ve set up a hidden brewer’s lounge in downtown Akureyri where you can nestle into a comfy chair and enjoy their beers straight from the brewery. Find it up above the bar Ölstofa Akureyrar.
Akureyri has a few different spots to camp, so make sure to check out our map of campsites in Iceland to choose the one that best suits you.