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My wife and I had a great time on our self-drive tour around Iceland. The itinerary provided by GTI was excellent, with supplemental information from other sources (Lonely Planet and Rick Steve's book, internet sources) helpful in making route and destination choices. Rental car was good and all hotels were clean and comfortable. Two schedule mixups were quickly corrected with phone calls to GTI. My only suggestion is for GTI to have more information available on road conditions on less-travelled routes. We noted that GTI suggested a longer route to access the West Fjords that avoided some gravel sections. When I called GTI to try to get more information on the gravel road sections (that looked more interesting) I was only told that it was 'your choice where to go' by a staff member who admitted that he had never driven the roads in question. I was looking for information and that was not helpful. Eventually I got the simple information I needed (the gravel sections were hard-packed and in good condition) from a clerk at an N1. I consider that a minor issue, and would recommend GTI. I would use them again.
We are just back from an absolutely fantastic 14 days in Iceland. We wanted to do a self-drive tour around the entire country and Guide to Iceland put together an itinerary for us and booked us a different hotel for each night of our trip except for one place (Stykkisholmur), where we stayed for two nights so that we could explore more of the region. We also pre-booked three tours through Guide to Iceland (Solheimajokull Glacier Hiking, Jokusarlon Zodiac Tour and Under the Volcano Tour) and they were all really fantastic experiences. The car rented through MyCar was great, the GPS was highly appreciated, and the driving was pretty easy. The most dangerous thing on the roads are the other tourist drivers who are so awestruck by the views that they randomly cross the centreline while they are looking around! The hotels were all terrific, comfortable and clean. Each time we had a hotel near the water we had a room with a water view. The breakfasts each day were just right. The buffets had something for everyone, and it was possible to have a hearty protein-filled breakfast that would carry you through the day. Most days we skipped lunch. The only glitch that threatened our itinerary was the cancellation of our afternoon Under the Volcano Tour when the weather deteriorated on our final days. We were promptly notified of the change by Guide to Iceland by email the night before and that gave us time to change our booking to a morning tour and to rearrange our driving time the following day so that we could make the earlier time slot. Thanks to Guide to Iceland, we didn't miss this Under the Volcano opportunity that we were so looking forward to. It was a fantastic holiday, well organized by Guide to Iceland, They provided us with so much good clear information about our itinerary before our trip that we were able to enjoy every moment of every day fully informed about where to go and what to see. I highly recommend using Guide to Iceland to organize your Iceland adventure. We had a fantastic time.
My family truly enjoyed our time in Iceland. We got to see stunning scenery along our drive. The itinerary was laid out well but does take some additional planning to make sure you have enough time during the day. We felt that our time in Isafjordur was a bit too short and were a little rushed in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. However, we have a 5 yr old so we couldn't just whisk through the day like we did without kids. It is a different trip then most would take on the first time to Iceland; however, we felt it was well worth it. Car rental was good, and the company used was very responsive. I would definitely do the recommended insurance due to the road conditions you will experience on this trip. Hotel options were good as well. I did enjoy the scenery and experience at Vogur Country Lodge, but it did add about an hour to our trip up to the Westfjords due to it's location. The Viking Sushi tour will be remembered as the freshest scallops and sea urchin that we will ever eat. While planning the trip, I found the Guide to Iceland staff to be professional, helpful and timely in email correspondence.