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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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Very different country. Great trip, great guide and a great bunch of co-travellers. If you like wild scenery, don't mind a bit of rain and a lot of wind, this could be the trip for you.
A dip in the thermal pool (in the rain!)
First rate guide with a humorous approach to most things
Take multiple layers and multiple waterproof So!
The 'rough and ready' picnics were excellent - especially the smoked salmon!
What an amazing place. You can almost hear the landscape breathing it's so dynamic and alive. Varied, challenging and beautiful I kept feeling like I was on a film set. We really made the most of the long summer days on this well organised and well run trip, eating up the miles to enjoy a great range of landscapes and experiences. We were lucky enough to enjoy sunshine everyday, which often seemed to arrive just as we did and the group was a fantastic mix of interesting people, led by our lovely and resourceful guide Höskuldur.
The whole trip was amazing but if I had to, I'd pick 2 outstanding moments. The first was bathing in the hot springs at Landmannalaugar. With campers preparing for the day in the chill of the morning, we headed straight to the hot springs. Once again the sun arrived as we did and we spent the next hour or so enjoying the Icelandic bathing culture in the most beautiful summer meadow setting. Absolutely unforgettable. The second was in Vatnajokjull national park, where we walked over a ridge to suddenly see the amazing glacier stretched out below us. It literally took my breath away.
Höskuldur, affectionately known as Höski, was absolutely great. Easy going but well organised, he worked even harder than our little bus making sure we got the most out of our trip. Driver, guide, caterer, tyre changer and ultimately friend, he obviously cares about what he does and his enthusiasm for his great country really came through.
Take an eye mask. Surprising lack of blackout blinds for a country with 24 hour daylight. It was in the trip notes which I foolishly ignored. Be prepared for varied weather by taking layers. We were incredibly lucky the week we went but the landscape is often exposed and layers should enable you to deal with anything. Do everything, go everywhere, eat the curried pickled herring.
If you can, go.
Our age range was 35 to 76 and all fairly fit, which is essential I think to get the most out of this active trip.
This was one of the best Exodus trips I have done. It was a brilliant introduction to Iceland, spanning a wide variety of landscapes and locations. Yet it also felt that we spent a good amount of time in most of the places, a great balance between 'sightseeing' and active exploration.
Without a doubt, Haifoss was the most spectacular moment of the trip. It was the climax of a particularly amazing day with dramatic scenery and equally dramatic weather. I also particularly enjoyed the day we spent in the highlands on the remote tracks and trails - even when we got stuck in the river! However, every day was a highlight as they were each so different.
Orri was quite simply amazing, endlessly enthusiastic (but not over the top) and good company. He made subtle adjustments to the itinerary when the weather got particularly horrendous and maximised the time when things cheered up. He had a wealth of stories ranging from Icelandic sagas to his own hair raising adventures. He complemented these with a vast knowledge about his country and an ability to answer any question thrown at him. He was also very patient with our endless requests for him to pronounce place names over and over again. His run to the top of a mountain to get phone signal when the bus got stuck in a river was positively heroic. Our bus driver, Thor, was also brilliant, again with a wealth of knowledge and driving skills, complemented by an eclectic taste in music and the ability to play the accordion! It was a genuine pleasure to spend a week in their company
Take good quality waterproof trousers! These should really be on the essential packing list as they are handy for very windy weather as well as rain. The trip would have been pretty miserable without them. Rain covers for backpacks and camera equipment are also useful. But don't worry about the weather, Iceland is just as spectacular in the rain and fog as bright sunshine. Don't worry about the quality of the hotels, I thought they were all perfectly nice, very clean and comfortable and certainly to the standard I would expect. The food is also good, as a veggie, dinners were absolutely fine and the choice at the amazing buffet lunches produced by Orri and Thor was great.
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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