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The entire 5 day experience was wonderful. My friend and I joined the tour in early February this year. The first three day was spent with our guide Kris. He was very caring, thoughtful and extremely friendly. The glacier hike from my perspective was the highlight of the whole trip. We loved it and took a lot of the pictures. You really have to be there to see them with your own eyes. The second part of the trip was led by our guide Stefan. He was very knowledgeable and very sociable as well. He was talking and trying to share as much information as he could. The hotel we stayed in Snaefellness National Park was amazing. We could see the stars and the sea shores just by looking out through both of the windows. Have it not been cloudy, we would have been able to see the Northern lights! Overall, I would definitely recommend this tour if you are travelling in the winter time.
My husband and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary and wanted to do something epic. We certainly found it with this tour! What a beautiful and wild country! Our tour guide was Svein and he was AWESOME! He was very knowledgeable but super fun and entertaining! We saw the northern lights on 3 different nights while we were on the Ring Road. All the hotels except one were very nice. Breakfast was always good. I highly recommend adding the ice cave, glacier hiking, lava cave, glacier tunnels and whale watching tours. They were spectacular! The Icelandic people were incredibly friendly and helpful. Our only problem was that the Myvatn nature baths were closed when we were supposed to be there. However, Guide to Iceland quickly refunded us. It was very nice to not have to drive ourselves as the weather was rather sketchy on more than one day. We plan to go back in the summer. I highly recommend this trip and our tour guide, Svein.
A truly memorable experience. We booked the winter wonderland tour and really couldn’t have asked for much more. Given that we arrived to emails cancelling plans for the first night and day, we had worried, but the team at Guide to Iceland dealt with it swiftly, reassuringly and professionally, rearranging plans within the hour. Could have been even better if they’d called us, in case we had missed the emails, but no problem really. Highlights of the trip for us were the ice & lava caves, the glacier & ice lagoon, but really it’s hard to find highlights among such a series of amazing experiences. Bad weather meant our Snaefellsness tour was rather limited and we didn’t catch the northern lights, but nothing we can do about that... guess we will have to come back! What we learned was how much your guide can make-or-break the trip, and for our south-coast tour we hit the jackpot with Kristjan from Aurora Hunters. He was full of genuinely interesting information but also is just a really interesting and engaging guy (with some killer Spotify playlists) - even down to recommending his favourite ice cream. Thank you, Kristjan for everything! Also a shout for Halli, our Ice Cave guide - a philosopher, a comedian and (apparently) very nearly Mr Iceland. We were happily impressed with the standard of hotels (Grand Reykjavík, Fosshotel Reykjavík, Hofn Hotel and Langaholt), and are huge fans of Icelandic cuisine. Breakfast at Hofn Hotel and the catch of the day at Langaholt were standouts, the latter rivalling Michelin standards. A very happy tour for us, just enough to feel we did as much as we could in 6 days of touring, just enough so we were not too tired. Thank you, Guide to Iceland!
This was an excellent tour! My travel partner and I did this tour in January, and as this is a combo tour, our experience was split into two parts: first, the 3-day South Coast tour (which included glacier hiking and ice caving), and second, the 2-day Snaefellsnes peninsula tour. Both were standout for their own reasons. Overall, I enjoyed the comfort of the minibuses - our guides were excellent drivers - and appreciated the pacing that both tour guides offered on each tour. On our first tour, our guide, Odin, was very knowledgeable, practical, and improvised well around the limitations of the short 4 hours of daylight we had in the winter season. I appreciated his approach - many times we would stop at different sites, and he would allot the appropriate amount of time for us to explore each place, leaving enough time to absorb the beauty of the terrain and take lots of photos! While he did not actually get out of the bus to guide us around, I appreciated these windows of opportunity to enjoy the scenery alone and not plastered to the group. Our glacier hike and ice caving experiences were also phenomenal, as our guides were amazing and super interactive. For our second part of the experience, we were picked up by a different guide, Ingo (Ingol?) to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Unfortunately, on our first day, the weather was very rough - rainy and high winds - but did this not stop Ingo from being an amazing guide! He had excellent improvisation, and was highly charismatic and eager to show us the beauty of the Peninsula even in the harsh conditions - his energy and passion for Iceland made it so easy for us to trust him and follow his lead. He would get out of the bus and personally guide us through the terrain to find hidden treasures that I certainly would not have known to look for without him. Our hotel accomodations were perfect, the rooms were very clean and beds extremely comfortable, and the food at ALL of the hotels was excellent. Would highly recommend this tour and book again with Guide to Iceland in a heartbeat!