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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Good overall tour encompassing Iceland's main areas. Iceland is an expensive country and some parts of the tour were quite basic versus high cost. Would recommend that you visit Iceland as it is surprisingly greener than you think.
1. The sheer scale of the the geology
2. Aurora Borealis at Godafoss
Rakel Jonsdottir was excellent. Very knowledgeable, organised and spoke clearly in English. Loved her Trolls and Elves, oh and must not forget the sheep!!!
Try and select a better class of accommodation as the guest house type offered was quite basic, verging on the backpacker type. Please note though the accommodation was spotlessly clean and in very good order.
Weather can be very changeable one minute sunny with blue sky, the next torrential rain but that is to be expected in an island in the far North. It certainly added atmospheric mood to the sky in the photos.
Since the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, tourism has boomed in Iceland, and the Icelanders have embraced it. The affection Icelanders have for their country is obvious. There is a very relaxed and welcoming vibe in this land of few stop signs and many yields.
Having read some sagas before the trip, I was fascinated by Thingveillir and where the law rock might have been found. I had been unable to visualize the fault but had several opportunities to explore it over the course of the trip. And actually walking on an old lava flow at Leirhnjukur with steam rising through the rocks and lava fingers reaching out over the landscape was an incredible experience. These are just a few of many inspiring moments.
Rakel was a true ambassador for her country. She inspired and educated us with her stories and language lessons as we drove. Her demeanour was calm even in the face of difficulties (e.g., dead bus battery) which were handled almost immediately even in remote areas. Rakel livened up our al fresco lunches by intruducing local breads, meats and cheeses and how Icelanders would combine them. She found sheltered places for us to eat on wet or windy days and used her extensive local knowledge and personal network to make sure we saw all that Iceland has to offer. On a long day of driving, Rachel shared her own collection of plant and geology books with us to help pass the time.
Be prepared to dress for 3 seasons of weather on any given day. We chased glaciers in the rain yet had a very worthwhile experience. Don't let the prices of things dampen your spirit of adventure - your photos and memories come free of charge! Yes we had several nights of shared facilities but every place we stayed at was scrupulously clean and I will remember the delightfully quirky spots long after I have forgotten the standard hotels.
I would have appreciated an opportunity to interact with an Icelandic family, perhaps lunch or dinner at one of the fabulous farms we saw named along the roads. We had an unplanned fish and chip lunch at a restaurant that was a pleasant change from our picnic lunches - perhaps one or two of these could be planned into the schedule. If you try the chocolate covered licorice and you like it - take one more bag home than you think you will need, and yes, Skyr can be bought in Canada!
Certainly a very complete tour of Iceland, I felt we explored a lot of the country, really only missing the far northwest. So much to explore, great waterfalls (AFW), areas of previous volcanic activity, wildlife, sea landscapes, new foods, a unique language, geothermic areas.
The recent volcanic activity left old lava fields that allowed you to visualize what the lava looked like as it flowed. My old geology classes came alive.
The geothermic activity and the way Icelanders have harnessed it was fascinating.
How unique Iceland is, so far north but a country that has embrassed what this unique environment gives them.
Great, Rakel was so adaptable to changes we wanted, to finding us covered areas to picnic by calling friends of friends, taking us to unique places not on itinerary, buying unique Icelandic foods for our picnic lunches everyday. She also noted people who needed extra help at certain times, she was great.
Weather can be cool, cloudy and rainy. Some long drives! Shared bathrooms in quite a few residences, rooms basic but I was impressed how very clean everything was. Virtually everyone speaks English, little cash needed because many meals included and everyone takes credit cards. Keep change (1-200 Kr) for toilet use. VERY EXPENSIVE when buying meals on your own or for excursions.
Lunches are picnic style, everyone helps, the meals can get a bit repetitive but our guide tried to vary the food we had. I would suggest a group hot meal would be could for a couple of lunches, take out or simple restaurant.
No tipping expected allow we did tip our guide.
I would suggest you go if you can, the exodus tours offers a very complete look at Iceland
And very good value considering the high cost of living in Iceland.
This tour is based on a mixture of hotels and simple guesthouses. As with everything in Iceland accommodation is very expensive, so we have tried to choose places with prices that allow us to keep the holiday affordable. The accommodation consists of twin rooms, although single rooms are also available. You may however, be required to share facilities. While we pre-book all accommodation according to the itinerary, as space is limited we may move to alternative accommodation according to availability. In rural areas of Iceland, where hotel accommodation is scarce, there are a number of ‘seasonal hotels’. These may be day schools, boarding schools or social centres that offer good standard tourist accommodation for the summer
Katarzyna Crompton - Iceland Operations
A great thing to do is to go to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja for wonderful views over the city, on a clear day. The church itself is also fairly imposing and worth wandering round. For a typically Icelandic experience you should head to one of the swimming pools in the city. There are 7 in total all offering differing amounts of geothermically heated pools. These pools are very much a part of local culture with Icelanders heading there to relax, catch up and even do business!
Tom Wilkinson - Product
Unfortunately, yes. Costs can be very high and you should be prepared for this. Any dinners not included weill cost about £30-£40 and a beer about £6. The local currency is the krona, and can be easily obtained on arrival. ATMS are availabe in most towns as well.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Iceland is on the northern edge of the temperate zone, meaning it has cool summers. Daytime temperatures in the summer months can be anything from 10° to 20°C, though in 2008 they reached 25°C and could equally drop close to zero. As we are in some mountainous areas, you must be prepared for some days of poor weather with strong winds and rain, but usually the weather is quite pleasant, though cool. There is constant daylight, but not midnight sun, in May, June and July.
Kai Aylward - Sales
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