Most Inspirational Moment
The fact that Icelanders were very resilient and have caring, close communities with a relaxed way of life. This is very refreshing, coming from a pressured western lifestyle. A small example is that cars are very likely to stop if they see you looking to cross the road.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Jon was well-organised and very caring, looking to the needs of each individual. He had a great sense of humour and relaxed delivery. He was very enthusiastic, obviously enjoys guiding and shared a wealth of knowledge about Iceland, the country and its people. It was lovely how he shared snippets of his own family life to illustrate how life is like for people living in Iceland. He told endless entertaining stories relevant to where we were travelling at the time. He saved me from eating fermented shark from a buffet and shattering my taste buds at the start of the meal! We really enjoyed his company.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Take walking shoes/boots as the terrain is quite rough in places and don't be afraid to use walking poles. We did use waterproof trousers, especially near waterfalls. As you move on every day, clothes that easily dry out are handy and also small laundry bags to group stuff in your suitcase. A waterproof cover for the back pack would have been handy and plastic or waterproof carrier bags. A large refillable water bottle is essential for the journeys. Keep your window shut at the Hotel near Lake Myvatn to keep out gnats.
If you want to see Reykjavik book an extra day there.