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Duncan Campbell

Iceland touched me like no other place has before. It's vast sweeping vistas, its powerful, evocative elements, and its sheer beauty - at times desolate, at others, luxurious - has for me made it the premier travel destination bar none.

Having been born and brought up in South Africa with an innate passion for nature and the outdoors, I have always been drawn to explore the diverse landscapes and inhabitants - human and otherwise - of this wondrous and curious world. It's also a means to really getting to know oneself, which I've found is a life-long endeavor, and it's taken me to places as distinct and dissimilar as the Namib desert and Zanzibar, Patagonia and the Utah slickrock country, the Italian Apennines and Delhi's Chandni Chowk, and now, the mother of them all, Iceland.

As an avid traveller, maps are my bedrock, and while poring over them is a delightful pastime in and of itself, they also fuel the excitement that builds through that most essential aspect of the trip: planning. My experiences have helped hone my approach to travel preparation so that efficiency and openness to spontaneous opportunity are harmonious bedfellows. Thus far, it's a mantra that has served me well.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Tailor-made trips to explore the untrodden paths and untouched beauty of Iceland: help travelers discover lesser-visited parts of Iceland and add flavor to the more frequently traveled routes; provide personalized service to make sure your holiday is all about you; offer local expertise to provide an authentic experience."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Having lived for almost 20 years in the US, I moved to Italy in 2006, launching myself into travel-related initiatives such as self-publishing an online magazine focused on monthly events, local personalities, seasonal food recipes, and "hidden havens"; making presentations on the appeal of my adopted home in Le Marche; and conducting tours to local attractions, all with an off-the-beaten-track bent. When my new-found passion for Iceland guided me to Iceland Offbeat, I realized I'd found the ideal environment to channel my energies through a shared philosophy towards travel."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"On a moody, overcast morning in northern Iceland, along with my wife and son I walked up to the rim of the Hverfjall crater. Upon getting to the top, I was immediately filled with a raw emotion that brought me almost to tears - the black earth sweeping away in every direction, the sense of a living earth beneath my feet, a feeling that I was in the presence of the gods."

Duncan is part of the following groups: Iceland Travel Agents
Explore Iceland on a road trip of a lifetime
2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords

With 2 weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire ring road and add some great detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.

Vibrant Atlantic puffin rests on Latrabjarg
10 Days in Iceland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days in Iceland is a perfect amount of time to complete the rightfully famous Ring Road. Alternatively, you have time to explore up to three areas in-depth. A great option is to visit the popular Golden Circle and South Coast, coupled with lesser-known destinations like the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula or the Westman Islands. If you prefer to escape the crowded south, consider summertime itineraries to the West, North, and Westfjords for off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Active travelers can work the trails of Thorsmork or the Laugavegur Trek into their itinerary.

Iceland
5 Days in Iceland - 7 Self-Drive Itinerary Ideas

Have only 5 days to explore Iceland? While it might be tempting to stay in Reykjavik and do day trips from there, we recommend to head out into the country side using one of these unique itineraries that help you make the most of your time.

Iceland
2 Weeks in Iceland - 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife like you've never seen: fourteen days is plenty of time to experience Iceland beyond what you'll find in any guidebook—both on and off the beaten path. Here are two itineraries that make the most of two weeks in the Land of Fire and Ice.

Recent trip reviews for Duncan

Reliable, resourceful, responsive and fair
Iceland | Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2022

Marcos
Marcos M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

Our trip to Iceland was unusual in many predictable and unpredictable ways. The Iceland Offbeat team stepped up to the plate and provided a high quality of service and support before and during the trip.

Starting at the planning phase, they had to deal with different expectations and requests from the 2 travelers, both for activities and hotel stays. Duncan did a great job in showing different options for both of us.

During the trip we faced unpredictable challenges, beginning with me... read more

Our trip to Iceland was unusual in many predictable and unpredictable ways. The Iceland Offbeat team stepped up to the plate and provided a high quality of service and support before and during the trip.

Starting at the planning phase, they had to deal with different expectations and requests from the 2 travelers, both for activities and hotel stays. Duncan did a great job in showing different options for both of us.

During the trip we faced unpredictable challenges, beginning with me missing the departure flight and culminating in a wind storm that left us stranded in the southeast of the country for 2 days. Duncan and Sigurður were there on every step of the way providing updates and adjusting the itinerary to the extent possible. They went above and beyond and managed to negotiate refunds for a couple of activities and hotel stays we missed because of the wind storm.

We are grateful for having them as our specialists for this trip and recommend them for the next travelers to Iceland.

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Thanks for your kind words, Marcos, I hope that despite the disruptions to your schedule, your trip was still compelling, energizing and fulfilling.

Five of the most amazing days ever.
Iceland | Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022

John
John F.
Columbus, IN | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

We did so much in five days that my head is still spinning. The detailed plan, with driving directions and all confirmations and reservations made it possible to stay on schedule and see as much as we possibly could. Duncan worked with me to make changes as needed before the trip, including some last minute changes due to a traveller not being able to go with us. It all worked out with minimal stress for me. Duncan's expertise and knowledge of Iceland was invaluable, and resulted in a... read more

We did so much in five days that my head is still spinning. The detailed plan, with driving directions and all confirmations and reservations made it possible to stay on schedule and see as much as we possibly could. Duncan worked with me to make changes as needed before the trip, including some last minute changes due to a traveller not being able to go with us. It all worked out with minimal stress for me. Duncan's expertise and knowledge of Iceland was invaluable, and resulted in a week packed with activities and no wasted time.

Iceland itself is an incredibly beautiful country, with dramatic, and at times otherworldly landscapes that have to be seen to fully appreciate. Waterfalls everywhere, history that goes back over a thousand years, and the "Fire and Ice" aspect make it a destination for anyone, but especially those who enjoy the outdoors. We bought new hiking boots for the trip and they were well used every day. We were cautioned that a fall (October) trip meant potentially mixed weather, and this trip didn't disappoint in that regard, but we got three nice days out of five, with one incredibly windy day, and one very rainy and cloudy day to round it out. We packed layers, with a good winter coat and rain pants to keep us warm and dry, and they worked. Our rainy day was just as full and fun as the others.

Must see spots from our trip and our perspective would include the lava fields at Fagradalsfjall. Parking area P2 is a short hike to the tip of the flow, and about a ten minute walk to the edge of the lava field where you can collect a sample for a souvenir and photo. If there's an active eruption (which there wasn't for us) it will take a much longer hike to see it, but this stop is easy. There are other trails that go farther to other parts of the valley and lava fields.

The Bridge Across the Continents is another quick and easy stop. There isn't much to it, but the impact of standing at the rift between two active tectonic plates is pretty impressive to contemplate, and it's fun to walk across the bridge from Eurasia to North America (and back).

The Blue Lagoon is a classic, and while more touristy than other hot springs, it is big and impressive, and warm and nice. I would recommend it for a final day activity to relax and unwind before flying home.

We spent the first night in Reykjavik and enjoyed the town. If seeing the city itself is on your list, then plan to spend one or two days there. It's a great town, and worth seeing, but we had a quick afternoon before dinner and bed and then on to the next day's adventures.

Whale watching at Reykjavik harbor was fun and easy, and we got to see whales! Several white nosed dolphins, four Minke whales, and two Humpback whales. The boat is large and comfortable, with inside seating to keep you warm, as well as full weather suits so that you can go up on deck without freezing when it's cold outside. On deck is definitely the best experience, even if it's cold. Our crew did a great job of looking out for whales, and helping us all look in the right places to see them. The two humpbacks came up alongside the stern for photos, which was a real treat. Do be careful with the directions to the ticket office; there is more than one operator, with different locations at the harbor. You don't want to be at the wrong one and miss your boat. If you are heading out of town afterward and want a good burger for the road, I recommend the Plan-B burger place on Grandagarður street. Very tasty.

Þingvellir National Park was a great stop for us. The visitor center has a large area that shows the history of Þingvellir back to its use in the earliest days of Iceland's history as a place of government. You can easily spend an hour in the visitor center, and there's a lot of park outside of that, so plan your time accordingly. We took a hike to the waterfall and then back past Thingvallakirkja (church). There are many hiking trails that you can follow if you want to spend the day.

The Geysir geothermal area is small but a fun visit. It doesn't have to take much time, so it fits into the schedule pretty easily. There were two highlights for us; one was visiting the place where all geysers got their name (though that original Geysir is no longer active), and the other was the very active geyser that erupts on about a five to seven minute cycle, so you never have to wait long for a show. More for the "fire" list. We were scheduled to go to Gullfoss after Geysir, but we spent so much time in Thingvellir that we ran out of daylight, so that will have to be on the "come back for more" list.

Kerid crater is a good stop for a short hike. The crater adds to the "fire" checklist, and there is a hiking trail around the upper rim, as well as inside along the water's edge. The blue-green water is beautiful. It makes for another easy and impressive stop.

Waterfalls. What can I say? Each is different, and all of them are beautiful. Seljalandsfoss was especially fun to walk behind the falls. The climb to the top of Skógafoss is a steep and long one, but the view is impressive. On sunny days, when the sun is right, the spray from the falls creates a beautiful rainbow.

The black sand beaches are really impressive, and there are many to choose from. We stopped at Dyrhólaey, which has a few hiking trails, one leading to the ideal spot for a photo of the "door hole" arch. Just up the road from Dyrhólaey is Reynisfjara, which was a big hit with my son, who loved to explore the caves and climb on the rocks. The scenery is dramatic, so be ready with a camera, but stay clear of the waves and be aware; the surf is dangerous and bitterly cold. Don't mess with it.

Vik is a charming little town on the south coast. We didn't have time to explore but it would be worth going back to. In Vik there is a "Lava Show" where they melt lava rock and black sand in a furnace and then pour it down a sloping display in front of the crowd. The heat and sound and sight is really amazing, as is the information provided by the guide who runs the show. You learn a lot about lava, how it forms, how it flows, as well as some local history about the nearby Katla volcano and the glacier that covers it. We enjoyed the show a lot. There is a nice little cafe outside of the theater where you can have lunch. They have some really great soups and light sandwiches.

Further east is Jökulsárlón, where icebergs break off from Vatnajokull (say "vat-na yokurk" and you'll sound like a local) glacier and float out to sea past the "Diamond Beach". There are lots of icebergs to see, as well as some harbor seals swimming among them. You don't need to go out on a boat to enjoy the bay, but we took the amphibian boat tour, which was fun just for the amphibious boat, but also for the informative tour and ability to get closer to the icebergs. The tour guide did a nice job of presenting information about Jökulsárlón and Vatnajokull. It was interesting and a pleasant half hour tour. There are also tours that go out on smaller, faster, inflatable boats.

On the beach side of the road is "Diamond Beach" where pieces of ice from Jökulsárlón wash up on shore and sit on the black sand like diamonds in the sun. It is very pretty and you can get some nice photos, but be aware that, like Reynisfjara, and other popular places, it can be crowded, so you will probably not get that "lonely beach" photo.

Further east was our easternmost stop, for the Crystal Blue Ice Cave tour under the Breidamerkurjokull glacier. The tour begins with a ride in a large off road capable van, which carries you down a bumpy, twisty, though flat, "F road" for about a half hour to a parking area where you then hike across the glacial moraine to the foot of the glacier. The walk is about twenty minutes and is not difficult, though the path is not paved. The view of the landscape is dramatic and enjoyable in and of itself. Our tour guide Andrea was a wonderful resource, providing history, and natural science information about the glacier and its moraine valley. Once at the glacier it's similar to entering any cave, but this one is made of ice. The color and shapes were spectacular. The cave is large, and although there were a fair number of people there from multiple tours, there was plenty of room. Again, be aware that you aren't likely to get a photo without people in it. This tour was one of the real highlights of our trip. The folks at GlacierAdventure.is were great and provided a very memorable experience. If you've worked up an appetite on your tour, there is a restaurant just across from their office that serves Icelandic dishes. "Ice theme"; check, check, and check.

Along the ring road is Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which was formed by a glacial lake that overflowed and cut the canyon long ago. It is deep and dramatic with a waterfall down one side. It doesn't take long to see it, and is a nice stop that won't take all day.

Back toward the west the "Lava Tunnel tour" is a cave tour of a lava tube that formed during an eruption long ago. If you have toured a cave before, this one is nothing unexpected, and in some ways less dramatic. There are no stalactites or stalagmites, but there are basalt formations and some mineral colors on the walls and ceiling that are unique to the lava tube. What makes this tour interesting is understanding how the tube was formed and seeing how the lava created the structures that cover the walls and ceiling. This tour isn't long, and it's not too far off the main road, so it would fit into a busy day without too much time taken. If you've seen other caves, and don't have a lot of time, this might be one to skip. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't give up a glacier tour or famous waterfall for it.

Iceland is a spectacular country; from the mountain climbing sheep to the volcanos, and glaciers, it is dramatically beautiful and full of surprises. My advice is to pack well for all types of weather because you are likely to see them all. Bring rain suits or a waterproof coat and rain pants. Waterproof hiking boots are a must. Most of all bring an adventurous spirit because this place has a lot to offer and it's almost all outdoors. Make sure that you pay attention to the cautions and advice about driving; there are some "gotchas" like the gasoline pump handle being green and the Diesel handle being black. Don't mess that one up. Make sure that your cell phone works in Iceland for voice as well as data. Mine (Verizon) worked fine for text and data, but was hit and miss for voice calls. Food was a question in my mind, especially in some of the less built up areas, but in general it's not hard to find something to eat, and as long as you are flexible, you will not go hungry.

October in Iceland was beautiful and amazing. We need to come back to see the summer, hopefully very soon.

Thanks to Duncan and kimkim for the excellent trip plan and coordination. It made getting the most out of our time so much easier. I have a memory with my sons that none of us will forget.

Hotel Reviews
Room With A View Apartment Hotel
Reykjavík

This hotel is downtown on one of the main shopping streets. The location is very good for someone staying to see the city for a day or two. The rooms are nice, with a European style. The restaurant for breakfast was great. You'll want to figure out where to park in advance since there is no parking associated with the hotel itself. Street parking is available if you can find a spot, and there is a parking lot not far away but you don't want to be searching at the last minute.

Authenticity & Character
The decor was nice, it was contemporary European style, which fit the area.
Location
Right in the shopping district.
Staff
Friendly staff, especially at the restaurant.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable beds, everything was clean and working as expected.
Blue Hotel Fagrilundur - On The Golden Circle
Bláskógabyggd

The hotel is right on the Golden Circle, which makes it a good stop. The check-in area has a sort of family feel, while the separate building with the rooms is more like a traditional hotel. Breakfast in the morning is a continental buffet as at most places, and it was good. They have hot tubs out back in the evening to relax in.

Authenticity & Character
The layout of the hotel was different, the rooms were simple and nice. It was just a pleasant place.
Location
Right on the Golden Circle. Very convenient. There is a nice restaurant "Restaurant Mica" right next door. It was very good, with a varied menu. Note that this is the only restaurant in the area, so be prepared. They're open for lunch and dinner. There was a 1 hour wait for dinner when we dropped in unannounced. Not a problem for us, but it pushed bedtime back a little.
Staff
Very friendly, helpful and nice people. Everyone in Iceland is nice.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Laki
Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Hotel Laki is an interesting mix for me. The location is stunning, with scenic countryside all around. The hotel itself presents well in the exterior and public areas. The restaurant, though a bit expensive, is nice and puts on a great buffet for dinner and breakfast (maybe lunch too?). There is a roof terrace that has a beautiful view, and is a great place to view the northern lights at night (if they cooperate). The surprise that cost them a star was the corridors and interior of the rooms. Both were clean and in good condition, but the decor was what I'd describe as "cell block chic", with plain, undecorated surfaces, and steel doors with turn-key deadbolts. It gave the impression of being fairly old, but maintained reasonably well, though it could definitely use an update. The rooms were compact but perfectly comfortable and clean. I would stay there again, but not if I was trying to impress a traveling companion. Any shortcomings were more than made up for by "Lady", a delightful Border Colley puppy (ca 2022) who met us in the front yard and invited us to play "fetch the stick", which of course we did.

Authenticity & Character
The rooms and corridors need a make-over.
Location
Very convenient location between Vik and the more eastern glacier areas.
Staff
Nice, friendly, and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was clean and working.
Eldey Airport Hotel
Reykjanesbær

Eldey is nothing fancy, but it is very convenient for staging prior to a departure the next morning. The rooms were simple and comfortable. There was a continental buffet breakfast in the morning, which helped get everyone going before heading out to our flight.

Authenticity & Character
It's just a hotel. No special theme, none needed. It doesn't have "character", but it was a nice stay.
Location
Right on the airport, it's a ten minute drive to the terminal.
Staff
Very friendly staff. The woman at the reservation desk gave us an excellent recommendation for a restaurant for dinner.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable rooms. Nothing fancy, but they did the job. The rooms have very large closets and a counter with a sink that suggests maybe longer stays would be suited to it, though I'm not sure why you would do so in this area.
Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

This is probably the most "touristy" thing we did on our visit, but it's almost required. They have a kind of spa theme now, that has been added since I was last there many years ago, but it is still warm and wonderful to soak in the water while the cold Icelandic air swirls around.

Quality of Experience
Well organized and easy to get in and out. Everything was clean, the water was wonderful.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Helpful, friendly.
Transport
We drove ourselves there. Parking was close and sufficient. It's easy to find the entrance.
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Reykjavík

This was a great activity. The boat and crew were wonderful, with constant communication about what we were seeing outside, where to look for whales, and dolphins, etc. There was a large indoor cabin where you could stay dry and warm, and they provided cold weather coveralls so that you could go out on deck without getting too cold. Being on deck was the best place to be for seeing the wildlife. We got to see several Minke whales, two Humpback whales who came alongside for close up pictures, and many white nosed dolphins and countless sea birds.

Quality of Experience
The great crew kept us informed and entertained. There was a place inside to get snacks and things to drink. The boat was large and comfortable. We got to see whales!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Excellent staff. They were constantly working to help us find whales and other things to see.
Transport
We drove ourselves. If a tour operator takes you there, it's no fuss, but otherwise you have to find your own parking and then walk over to the ticket office.
Icelandic Lava Show
Iceland

I really enjoyed this presentation. They have a great presentation where the presenter talks about the types of lava, how it forms and flows, the geology of the local area and the huge Katla volcano that sits under a glacier just outside of town, complete with a story from the last eruption in the early 20th century. The lava show itself is impressive. The heat and sound and bright glow of the lava as it flows out is very cool. The presenter does a great job of helping the audience learn about the nature and behavior of lava. It's a great activity, especially on a rainy day.

Quality of Experience
It was dramatic, beautiful, and educational.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our presenter was very knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor and personality. He gave us a great show.
Transport
We drove ourselves. Finding the place was easy, and there was plenty of parking available.
Crystal Blue Ice Cave
Iceland

Wow. This was my favorite activity of our trip. From the bumpy van ride to the parking area to the hike through the glacial moraine valley to get to the cave, just getting there was an adventure. The cave itself is beautiful and dramatic. Large enough to have many areas to see and photograph. I consider this a unique experience. There aren't many places where you can explore underneath a glacier.

Quality of Experience
Magnificent scenery to and from the cave, and the absolutely beautiful cave itself. The whole trip was an adventure.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide, Andrea, was excellent. She was engaging, and knew the area well, providing history, science, and climatological information all along the way, as well as being a great driver and entertainer.
Transport
The ride to the parking area was an adventure in and of itself. Some will disagree because it is very bumpy and twisty, but it's clear that you are going somewhere off the beaten path!
Lava Tunnel Tour
Iceland

This was an interesting and fun stop. Anyone who has gone on a cave tour will recognize this, however unlike a "normal" cave, the geology of the lava tunnel is very different. For example there are no stalagmites or stalactites, but there are basalt formations and colors created by the minerals deposited by the lava as it flowed through. I would say that this tunnel is not as visually dramatic as a lot of traditional limestone caves, but I found that the reality of what it is, a tube that lava flowed through and formed, was really special.

Quality of Experience
Different, educational, unusual type of cave to see and experience.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. The staff was very friendly and extremely helpful, even accommodating a change in tour times for us.
Transport
We drove there ourselves. It was easy to find the location, there was adequate parking, and the ticket office is right at the entrance to the lava tunnel.
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Thanks so much for your glowing review, John. It's great to get such detailed feedback on all aspects of your trip. You and your sons certainly packed it all in, never wasted a moment, and truly immersed yourself in the country. I'm so pleased that the rewards you received were commensurate with the effort you put into it. Now for the east, the north and the west! :)
Duncan

Iceland 11 Day Self Drive
Iceland | Sep 23 - Oct 3, 2022

Kathy
Kathy S.
Clovis, CA | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

Thank you Duncan for arranging our 11 day self drive adventure in Iceland. Also, thank you to a local agent, Sigurdur, who provided much needed information when our wifi didn't work.

We definitely recommend KimKim to all our friends. Your complete plan was easy to follow and allowed for just the right amount of time to drive from one destination to the next. The hotels were all clean with great beds. All the little things really do add up. We would never have been able to see as... read more

Thank you Duncan for arranging our 11 day self drive adventure in Iceland. Also, thank you to a local agent, Sigurdur, who provided much needed information when our wifi didn't work.

We definitely recommend KimKim to all our friends. Your complete plan was easy to follow and allowed for just the right amount of time to drive from one destination to the next. The hotels were all clean with great beds. All the little things really do add up. We would never have been able to see as much of Iceland as we did had we planned this self drive trip by ourselves.

KimKim seems to have everything covered and was timely in negotiating our trip plan. Duncan was quick to redo our plan when we added a day and also delayed our departure.

We look forward to arranging another adventure in the future with KimKim.

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

Thanks so much for your review, Kathy, it was a pleasure working with you. Your positive outlook throughout made it easy, even when things weren't going quite as planned. I wish you and Bob all the best in your future travels!
Duncan

Duncan was an amazingly responsive and intuit...
Iceland | Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2022

L
Laura W.
Los Gatos, CA | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

Duncan was an amazingly responsive and intuitive specialist, understanding the types of adventures & experiences, places of both common and unusual interest, and level of difficulty (hiking) that we sought for our first trip to Iceland. Given that we were traveling in fall, we had to make a few "audibles" given the weather, and he was able to redirect our itinerary without missing a beat. He checked in on us during our trip (which was a positively wonderful touch), and made some additional... read more

Duncan was an amazingly responsive and intuitive specialist, understanding the types of adventures & experiences, places of both common and unusual interest, and level of difficulty (hiking) that we sought for our first trip to Iceland. Given that we were traveling in fall, we had to make a few "audibles" given the weather, and he was able to redirect our itinerary without missing a beat. He checked in on us during our trip (which was a positively wonderful touch), and made some additional recommendations during our trip to compensate for poor weather. The accommodations and restaurant recommendations were spot on, and honestly, we could not have had a better trip! Most memorable places were the Blue Lagoon, the challenge (given conditions) of the Glymer waterfall hike, the Reykajadalur Valley (and corresponding hike), the fantastic Skaftafell Glacier Hike (spectacular!), and the Jokusarlon Glacier. Every day was full of new adventures, beautiful landscapes and amazing experiences. The digital platform worked out beautifully and made navigating the country as easy as could be!

Hotel Review
Hotel Geysir
Bláskógabyggd

This is a beautiful hotel in the middle of a geothermal wonder. The staff and amenities are amazing, and the food is wonderful. It is a perfect choice!

Authenticity & Character
Loved the "sustainability" emphasis, and natural beauty respected by the hotel
Location
convenience for traveling to/from other locations
Staff
Genuinely wonderful, polite and helpful staff.
Cleanliness & Comfort
everything was perfectly clean and comfortable.
Activity Review
Skaftafell Glacier Hike
Iceland

Beyond the pure beauty, adventure and unique experience that this hike offers, we were impressed with the level of expertise and knowledge of the guides, as well as the attention to "safety". This was one of the best experiences we had..purely awe inspiring and breathtaking!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Thanks so much for your generous review, Laura. I am so glad your trip turned out as well as it did, and that you left feeling fulfilled and full of Iceland's rare energy. It was a real pleasure to work with you and to 'meet' you (albeit virtually). Now you need to plan a return to see the country's other diverse wonders - the Eastfjords, the North and the Westfjords! I wish you great travels in the future.
Duncan

This has been an amazing trip, Duncan has bee...
Iceland | Sep 19 - Sep 28, 2022

Aleksandra
Aleksandra D.
Blytheville, AR | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

This has been an amazing trip, Duncan has been extremely efficient in always providing responses very quickly and in great detail. I would not hesitate to work with Kimkim again!!! Special thanks to Duncan for all the support he has provided to us.

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Thanks so much for your great review, Aleksandra, you've been a pleasure to work with. I hope your trip was rewarding and all you hoped it would be, despite the storm and all the cancellations.

Great planning by Duncan!
Iceland | Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2022

Rom
Rom S.
San Leandro, CA | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Duncan did a great job planning out our trip and accommodated for our flight days by mixing in high energy and low energy days. He even had restaurant suggestions for our specific dietary needs! read more

Duncan did a great job planning out our trip and accommodated for our flight days by mixing in high energy and low energy days. He even had restaurant suggestions for our specific dietary needs!

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Thanks Rom, I'm pleased you got some footage and enjoyed the food, personally I enjoyed putting it all together. It was a full 5 days, from what I can tell!
Regards
Duncan

Beautiful and fulfilling Iceland vacation!
Iceland | Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2022

Kannan
Kannan M.
South Laurel, MD | Reviewed on Aug 28, 2022

We had a great trip to Iceland that was planned out by our guide Duncan. He was very responsive to questions and helped coordinate based on our requests. The trip was based on the Golden Circle.

The trip started easily with the car rental. Driving around Iceland was quite easy. Duncan had given us a route and itinerary based on location so we can maximize our time. The weather was amazing so that made the site seeing easier. The waterfalls were amazing and each was different from the... read more

We had a great trip to Iceland that was planned out by our guide Duncan. He was very responsive to questions and helped coordinate based on our requests. The trip was based on the Golden Circle.

The trip started easily with the car rental. Driving around Iceland was quite easy. Duncan had given us a route and itinerary based on location so we can maximize our time. The weather was amazing so that made the site seeing easier. The waterfalls were amazing and each was different from the others. We did the touristy Blue Lagoon which was fun but we liked the more natural Secret Lagoon. We did the glacier hike as well and that was a great experience too. We were able to see many sites and had time for other hikes and excursions.

We were surprised by the day trip to the wonderful Westman Island and were able to see the many puffins at the lookout point.

Each town we stayed at had a different feel from each other too. The accommodations were quite comfortable and very clean, with breakfast each morning. They were all in great locations. We stayed at the city center, Reykjavik, Vik, Westman Island. The restaurant recommendations were great as well.

Overall Iceland was a fantastic experience and one of the best trips I ever had. The incredible scenery, glaciers, waterfalls, seeing the horses and puffins. We were independent but had a great plan set up through Duncan and Kimkim and actually felt like we were exploring and discovering the beauty of Iceland rather than a flock of a big tourist group.

Hotel Reviews
Blue Hotel Fagrilundur - On The Golden Circle
Bláskógabyggd

Feels remote but very peaceful. Clean rooms, comfortable. Loved having a passcode and self check in. Restaurant right across street.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Peaceful
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hótel Kría
Vík

Incredible view from Restaurant that was part of hotel. Vik felt like a beautiful resort town. Rooms were very comfortable and clean.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Right in walking area of different hikes and paths.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Vestmannaeyjar
Vestmannaeyjar

Wonderful hotel and had view of island next to our island. Attached restaurant was good albeit slower service. The hotel staff were very polite and friendly. Clean and comfortable.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room With A View Apartment Hotel
Reykjavík

Our room had view of parking lot but we only slept in room. It was very clean and comfortable with great shower. Located in city with great restaurant choices and walking distance to different areas but we didn’t have time to enjoy as our flight was the next day.

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Location
Staff
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Activity Reviews
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland

Very different experience with the warmth and feel of thermal spring heated pool. Should bring own towel as they charge higher for renting one . Food and drinks available but we didn’t use. Felt cozy and natural rather than touristy.

Quality of Experience
Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
Iceland

It was worth to actually go onto the glacier to get a feel of what it really is and walk on it, especially knowing it is quickly receding.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

It was necessary to at least experience the iconic Blue Lagoon and most reviews will all say it probably isn’t worth the cost. The water and steam rising were pretty but it felt like it could have been man made like a Vegas resort.

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Sep 02, 2022

Kannan and Rom, thanks so much for the great review! I'm thrilled you had such great weather, enjoyed the accommodation and the food, and also saw puffins! Seems like you had a very active 5 days, I hope you returned home suitably tired yet energized at the same time, and also fulfilled.
All the best
Duncan

South Iceland & Snaefellsnes 1 week trip
Iceland | Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2022

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Anil S.
Ann Arbor, MI | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Duncan was a fantastic guide. He listened to our preferences and clearly tailored a trip to our desires. He spaced the hotels well to keep the driving very manageable each day, but at the same time we covered a lot of ground and felt like each day we still saw a lot! His food and hike recommendations were great. He was responsive and helped give us options to adjust our trip if we needed based off how the day was going.

Our favorite moments of the trip were:

Glymur waterfall hike
Blue... read more

Duncan was a fantastic guide. He listened to our preferences and clearly tailored a trip to our desires. He spaced the hotels well to keep the driving very manageable each day, but at the same time we covered a lot of ground and felt like each day we still saw a lot! His food and hike recommendations were great. He was responsive and helped give us options to adjust our trip if we needed based off how the day was going.

Our favorite moments of the trip were:

Glymur waterfall hike
Blue Lagoon
Driving around the perimeter of the Snaefllsnes Peninsula checking out the recommended stops and coast hike along the way
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Fjadrargljufur canyon
Hjorliefshofdi Cape and Cave hike
Staftafefell Glacier Hike
Diamond Beach
Reykjavik walking culinary tour

It was a truly amazing and memorable trip that my wife and I will cherish!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Geysir
Bláskógabyggd

Location is excellent. Hotel is new and modern. The dinner at the restaurant was an excellent meal as well!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
Stykkishólmur
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hótel Geirland
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel was kind of dingy compared to other hotels we stayed in
Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Apótek Hotel Reykjavík by Keahotels
Reykjavík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Was interesting and an hour is definitely enough. Not a must do stop, but was nice

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland

I would skip if you have the chance to do Blue Lagoon. It was crowded when we went and was just less relaxing than the Blue Lagoon

Quality of Experience
Skaftafell Glacier Hike
Iceland

Truly special experience, was fascinating to learn about the glacier structures and changes over time. I would opt for the 5 hour tour to get to explore further on the glacier

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Reykjavik Food Walk
Reykjavík

Our guide was knowledgeable about the Icelandic culinary scene and culture. Learned a lot, got to see more of Reykjavik and the food was excellent!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Thanks so much for your review, Anil, and the feedback on activities and hotels, it's great input for the future. I'm so glad that everything worked out well.
Duncan

Once in a Lifetime Ring Road Adventure!
Iceland | Jul 22 - Jul 30, 2022

Kalley
Kalley K.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Our trip to Iceland was nothing short of amazing! Our Kimkim specialist, Duncan, suggested that we follow the Ring Road, and we are so glad that we did.

Every hotel that we stayed at was lovely, with a delicious breakfast included each morning. We loved the flexibility of our itinerary; we felt like there was a perfect mix of guided tours and self-guided exploring. Everyone in Iceland was incredibly hospitable and we were so impressed at how little language barrier we experienced.

The... read more

Our trip to Iceland was nothing short of amazing! Our Kimkim specialist, Duncan, suggested that we follow the Ring Road, and we are so glad that we did.

Every hotel that we stayed at was lovely, with a delicious breakfast included each morning. We loved the flexibility of our itinerary; we felt like there was a perfect mix of guided tours and self-guided exploring. Everyone in Iceland was incredibly hospitable and we were so impressed at how little language barrier we experienced.

The Dettifoss waterfall was definitely our favorite sight of the trip. The view is absolutely breathtaking--but definitely bring a rain poncho as you will get soaked :). Our horseback riding tour at Skorrahestar Icelandic Horse Rental was perfect: the guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and gave us a great restaurant recommendation for Hofn called Hafnarbudin. The Solheimajokull Glacier Hike was a great way to push us out of our comfort zone and is perfect for anyone looking for an adventure.

Overall, the Ring Road should not be missed because of the views and relaxing lagoons, made even better by amazing tours and guides. Thanks again to Duncan for an incredible itinerary!

Hotel Review
Blue Hotel Fagrilundur - On The Golden Circle
Bláskógabyggd

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Blue Hotel! The staff were incredibly welcoming and were great sources for information about the area. There is a lovely hot tub for guests to enjoy. Overall, the rooms were very comfortable and we would absolutely stay here again.

Authenticity & Character
The property felt very homey with amazing Icelandic hospitality.
Location
Easy access to restaurant, gas stations, groceries, and lagoons.
Staff
The staff were great for recommendations and answered all of our questions!
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room was very clean and comfortable (and even had Netflix, which is always a plus)!
Activity Review
Horse Riding Tour
Iceland

Our horseback riding tour was amazing! The guides were very knowledgeable not only about the horses but also about the area. The views were absolutely incredible and it was easy to see that the guides truly considered the horses their family. We cannot recommend this tour enough!

Quality of Experience
Once in a lifetime views and experience!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Super friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable.
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Thanks so much for the great review, Kalley, I'm so glad you and your sister had such a wonderful time. It was a real pleasure working with you, and without doubt your positive attitude contributed in no small measure to a highly successful trip.

Amazing trip to Iceland
Iceland | Jul 3 - Jul 11, 2022

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Ellen P.
Appleton, WI | Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Iceland was beautiful. Duncan put together an amazing trip for us on very short notice. Our itinerary included everything we had on our list and we had a very long list. We went to several lagoons and baths (the Blue Lagoon, the Forest Lagoon, the Sky Lagoon, the Bjorbodin Beer Baths and the Myvatn Nature Baths). All of them were special in their own way and very welcome after full days of hiking, seeing Iceland’s amazing waterfalls, rafting, touring the Vidgelmir lava cave and whale and... read more

Iceland was beautiful. Duncan put together an amazing trip for us on very short notice. Our itinerary included everything we had on our list and we had a very long list. We went to several lagoons and baths (the Blue Lagoon, the Forest Lagoon, the Sky Lagoon, the Bjorbodin Beer Baths and the Myvatn Nature Baths). All of them were special in their own way and very welcome after full days of hiking, seeing Iceland’s amazing waterfalls, rafting, touring the Vidgelmir lava cave and whale and puffin watching. We had one issue with our lodging that turned out to be the fault of the hotel. We called the Kimkim emergency number and Preeti and the hotel host had a new place worked out for us in about a half hour. I should also mention that Duncan answered all of our pre-trip questions and he checked in with me several times during the trip to see how things were going. Great job Kimkim. I would definitely book another trip with them.

Activity Review
Sky Lagoon
Iceland

The Sky Lagoon was one of the most relaxing places I have ever been. The scenery was beautiful - you looked over the edge of the infinity pool into the bay beyond and the sky beyond that. The facilities were very calming and relaxing. We purchased the Pure pass which included a seven step ritual meant to relax and rejuvenate. It worked.

Quality of Experience
I honestly liked everything we did. Driving gave us a lot of flexibility. Visiting Iceland in the summer gave us 22 hours of daylight to do it. We never felt like we were rushed.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
I liked the individualize itinerary.
Transport
I liked that we had a hybrid car that was great on gas mileage.
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Hi Ellen, thank you so much for your positive feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed putting it all together for you and your daughter, and I'm so glad it was such a success, hotel snafu notwithstanding!
Duncan

Our trip to Iceland was too amazing for words...
Iceland | Jul 4 - Jul 13, 2022

Donna
Donna T.
Columbus, GA | Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Our trip to Iceland was too amazing for words. I love to plan trips but I knew that for this trip, I’d need assistance from knowledgeable people. Duncan at Kimkim did not disappoint!

We took nine days to drive around the entire island. Our itinerary was customized perfectly for us! The activities and tours we took were all top notch. Having each leg’s driving plan mapped out took the stress off of figuring out directions and distance and helped keep us on a nice pace throughout the trip.... read more

Our trip to Iceland was too amazing for words. I love to plan trips but I knew that for this trip, I’d need assistance from knowledgeable people. Duncan at Kimkim did not disappoint!

We took nine days to drive around the entire island. Our itinerary was customized perfectly for us! The activities and tours we took were all top notch. Having each leg’s driving plan mapped out took the stress off of figuring out directions and distance and helped keep us on a nice pace throughout the trip. Our pre-booked hotels ranged from small, old, and historical to unique and modern. Each place was clean and offered a delicious spread for breakfast each morning.

Picking favorite places and activities is difficult in a country that’s full of such overwhelming beauty. The activity that was the most fun and gave us the biggest laughs was rafting the West Glacial River outside Skagafjörður. Our guides Amy, Scottie, and Cam with Viking were so much fun!!

I personally loved Husavik and the whale watching-mostly because of the special encounter we had. Our boat had a humpback come right up to our boat not once but twice! Our guides were beside themselves with excitement as this type of encounter was rare. The crew on the Salka were very knowledgeable and kind. We were served delicious cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate on the return which made it more special. Highly recommend!

My husband and daughter loved our ATV to the Black Beach and Plane Wreck tour because it was just plain fun riding fast on the black beach, seeing the plane wreck, and driving our ATV across a river all while having beautiful glacier and mountain views!

Our most unique activity was snorkeling the Silfra Fissure and touching two separate continents with our hands! It took a lot of preparation to get our bodies ready to enter 38 degree Fahrenheit water but seeing such crystal clear water at a depth of 150 meters was like none other! Our guide, Sebastien with Dive.IS was kind, patient, and knowledgeable.

And finally, after leaving the best hotel, Hotel Hallormsstadur on Lake Lagarfljot, our most favorite part of our drive of the island was between Egilsstadir to Hofn. It was littered with one beautiful waterfall after another and the mountains were breathtaking!

There wasn’t one part of this trip we would not do and we know that if we return, there’s infinitely more places we could explore without repeat. If you’re thinking about Iceland, think no more. Go and book now!

Hotel Reviews
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Myvatn

Loved this hotel from the moment I walked in. The decor was warm, welcoming, and sophisticated. The bathroom was so relaxing having both a soaking tub and a shower. Breakfast and dinner in the hotel was among our favorite meals of the trip. A little extra bonus was walking into our room after check-in and seeing sheep grazing right outside our window.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Hallormsstadur
Egilsstadir

This hotel was special because of the retro European decor and the magnificent view of Lake Lagarfljot from our bedroom window. Make sure to drive to Vok Nature Bath and experience the best and most scenic geothermal bath we had!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

This was great because of the proximity you get to The glacier, icebergs, and seals. It was a magical and breathtaking scene.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Lava Cave Explorer Tour
Iceland

Our tour guide was from England and had a Masters in Geology. She was an enthusiastic teacher and learning all about the types of rock that make up Iceland early in the trip helped improve our understanding of the topography there.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
West Glacial River Family Rafting
Iceland

Such a fun experience!!! We laughed the entire trip thanks to Scottie and Cam. We were lucky and had a beautiful day too. We stayed for lunch and so glad we did! They served us fresh lamb and vegetables from a farm next door. It was our favorite meal of the trip! Don’t hesitate to book this family rafting trip!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Myvatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn

This bath was ok. After seeing the super organized and efficient process at The Blue Lagoon, here it was not as fluid. I had issues with my locker twice and the scenery around the bath was a lot of dirt and construction equipment. Also know that this bath has an extremely strong smell of sulphur. It bothered my teenage daughter and I saw other people at the bath having some issues with the smell. My advice would be to skip this one. There are other much better baths in the country.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Husavik Whale Watching
Iceland

We had a great experience watching whales on the Salka. We had two very up close encounters with the whales and saw many more at various distances! Highly recommend.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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The Geothermal Vok Baths
Iceland

My favorite bath. It’s natural water from the lake and has no sulphuric smell. The infinity pools look out into the lake and mountains on the other side. The facility is clean and well organized. Strongly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Silfra Snorkeling
Iceland

A most unique experience! The water is so clear and gorgeous! Dive.IS we’re very friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. We were well dressed to snorkel in 38 degree water. You won’t regret doing this!!

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Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Thanks so much for the glowing account of your trip, Donna, your enthusiasm and enjoyment are palpable in the descriptions of your experience, and I'm thrilled it all turned out so well for you!
Duncan