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Rico Bittner

I'm actually from Germany but it seems my heart always belonged to Iceland. So it's been inevitable to move to that beautiful country which I eventually did in October 2015. Before that I spent most of my holidays in Iceland, mainly hiking at remote places and trekking in the wilderness but also doing classical sightseeing.
I work in tourism since I like the idea to help people to realize their perfect Iceland trip, to make their particular wishes come true and to advise them so they will get the optimum of the Iceland experience.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in customized holidays all over Iceland, and small group tours in the Westfjords region. We plan a lot of sightseeing road trips (self drive and private guided), multi-day northern lights hunts in the countryside, hiking trips, day tours and shore excursions."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Traveling has always been my greatest hobby at all and so I chose to convert this passion to profession. I worked for a German tour operator and was in charge of many destinations, f.e. East Africa, Turkey, Morocco, Greenland, Norway, Canary Islands and Iceland. And the ladder had the strongest appeal to me, it got and is almost like an addiction. :)"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Oh, there are so many of them... but I guess it must have been my first northern light seeing. Laying on a remote beach, starring to the canopy and being filled with wonder. I still get goosebumps thinking on that moment."

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Recent trip reviews for Rico

Iceland ring road, Iceland - Aug 30 - Sep 8, 2017

Traveler: Erin D. - Local specialist: Rico Bittner

The service from Rico and Halldor was fantastic. They were very easy to work with and communicate with.

Our trip was excellent, actually, however there are some things related to our itinerary that would have helped us manage our time better during the day. For example, including how much time we might need for certain hikes and warning us which roads might be gravel/dirt and might take us extra time to navigate would have been helpful suggestions. We had a dicey drive heading out to... read more

The service from Rico and Halldor was fantastic. They were very easy to work with and communicate with.

Our trip was excellent, actually, however there are some things related to our itinerary that would have helped us manage our time better during the day. For example, including how much time we might need for certain hikes and warning us which roads might be gravel/dirt and might take us extra time to navigate would have been helpful suggestions. We had a dicey drive heading out to Elephant Rock and ultimately had to turn around and skip that stop because Route 54 was full of potholes and impassable with our smaller 4x4 vehicle. We also had to skip a hike to Skaftafell because it would have been 3-4 hours round trip and we didn't get to Vatnajökull National Park until later in the afternoon. Also, the GPS we received from the car rental company wasn't useful. We should have ended up getting the wifi hotspot instead. We did end up using Google Maps for the whole trip, though, by downloading our itinerary for the day in the morning before we left the hotel.

Walking iceland, Iceland - Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2017

Traveler: Marc B. - Local specialist: Rico Bittner

Beautiful country, friendly people. The itinerary was good, but one day was ridiculously impossible given the distances to cover. The real issue was the hotel in Rejkavick. Very poor-4th floor hotel.
Given the price I paid for everything, I felt grossly overcharged. I did the math, I think you guys made $1500 US on a $3900 trip. I am the sort that tells everyone about great vendors; I will not be doing so with you. Too bad, as your fee was so short-sighted.

I had no contact with him after the trip was paid for. He was helpful in the planning process. The super jeep tour was fantastic.

Louanne, Iceland - Jul 22 - Aug 4, 2017

Traveler: Jeff J. - Local specialist: Rico Bittner

Minor amounts of additional info would have help. Example is one of the guest houses did not serve breakfast. We did not bring food. Minor