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Christina Degener

I am originally from Germany and have a Master degree in International Business. I first came to Iceland for an internship in 2007 and immediately felt home on this small island in the North Atlantic.

I work for Iceland Unlimited since 2012 and simply love to prepare unforgettable and unique trips for my clients. I traveled already all over the country and my favorite region in Iceland is Snaefellsnes.

I also have a good knowledge about Greenland. It is very popular among our guests to add some extra days in order to explore Greenland as well.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I have very detailed knowledge about all areas in Iceland. I organized already numberless customized tours all around Iceland.

I love to travel in Iceland and I went already on many different day tours. I can give you more details about almost each single activity you can do in Iceland. Here are my personal top 5 day tours in Iceland:
- Whale Watching
- Glacier walk
- Zodiac boat tour on the glacier lagoon
- Puffin watching tour in Ingolshöfði
- Inside the volcano tour"

How did you get involved in travel?

"When I permanently moved to Iceland in 2012, I started to work for Iceland Unlimited travel service. For me it is a privilege to sell what I love. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"As a former whale watching guide I love to go on whale watching tours all around the country. I will never forget my first orca watching tour in Grundarfjörður in the West of Iceland. When we arrived in town, we saw the orcas already from the harbor and I was almost freaking out. The boat only went for 200 meters and then we spend a full hour surrounded my approximately 30 to 50 orcas. It was sometimes difficult to decide on which side of the boat to go since the whales were all around."

Featured trips & expertise

Best Day Hikes in Iceland

In a wilderness as wild and dramatic as Iceland’s, you’re sure to find countless opportunities for long day hikes. Here's a list of the best day hikes, ideal for a day’s adventure from your road trip around the Ring Road, or from a base camp in the highlands.

The Countryman's Bathing Pool at Landmannalaugar
The Ultimate Guide to Iceland's Best Pools and Hot Springs

If you do one activity in Iceland, make sure it’s a hot spring. Swimming in hot springs or geothermal pools are a time-honored tradition among Icelanders, ever since the days of the sagas. Families, couples, and friends get together regularly to soak, play, and share the latest gossip or news in hot waters. Depending on where you are, hot springs range from natural hot pools carved from the rock, to man-made pools with carbonated thermic waters, to more typical swimming pools, heated with geothermal energy. While the Blue Lagoon can be a bit crowded for some people, this guide will show you the best-kept secrets awaiting you all over Iceland. So don’t forget to pack your swimsuit.

3 Days in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, South Coast, Reykjavik - 3-day itinerary

If you are short on time, or perhaps you are looking for an extended layover on your way from Europe to North America or vice versa, your options in Iceland are limited to closer to Reykjavik. Here is a 3-day itinerary that will still let you experience some of the spectacular beauty of Iceland.

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.

Recent trip reviews for Christina

Explore iceland in 5 days - seven optimized itineraries to help you make the most of your short trip to iceland , Iceland - Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2018

Traveler: Terri C. - Local specialist: Christina Degener

Fantastic, couldn’t have asked for better planning or customer service. Thank you so much for all your great recommendations and we can’t wait to get back to Iceland! We will certainly be a returning customer.

Explore iceland in 5 days - seven optimized itineraries to help you make the most of your short trip to iceland , Iceland - Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2018

Traveler: Lauren C. - Local specialist: Christina Degener

Our trip to Iceland was excellent! Christina made a wonderful itinerary for us and the entire experience was seamless. We felt like we received a great value for the price. Thanks! LC

Iceland vacation, Iceland - May 23 - May 31, 2018

Traveler: Chrissy B. - Local specialist: Christina Degener

We loved our trip...great planning so much accomplished!!! Thanks Christina

Christina Degener, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chrissy,
Thank you very much for the nice review, I am delighted to hear that you were happy with your trip. It was a pleasure to work with you.

All the best from Iceland,
Christina

Iceland vacation, Iceland - May 23 - May 31, 2018

Traveler: Michael M. - Local specialist: Christina Degener

We loved our trip to the Arctic Circle. Enjoyed the Nature Baths. Our trip was well planned and we even had time to change a few things along the way. Great job Christina.

Christina Degener, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael,

Thank you so much for your kind words. Thanks as well for sharing your wonderful photos. Great to hear that you enjoyed your time in Iceland.

All the best from Reykjavik,
Christina

Iceland winter adventure 2018, Iceland - Jan 21 - Jan 27, 2018

Traveler: Lesley S. - Local specialist: Christina Degener

This whole trip was wonderful! Cristina was very knowledgeable and open. I requested that our trip to be manageable for my son who is 6 years old and my in laws who are in there 60s. It turned out great! We really liked our driver who brought us to the Blue Lagoon and afterwards to our hotel. He was helpful and polite. We especially liked our guide from the 4x4 tour, Ruben. He was really nice and accommodating. I could not remember the names of our guides from the Mountaineers of Iceland... read more

This whole trip was wonderful! Cristina was very knowledgeable and open. I requested that our trip to be manageable for my son who is 6 years old and my in laws who are in there 60s. It turned out great! We really liked our driver who brought us to the Blue Lagoon and afterwards to our hotel. He was helpful and polite. We especially liked our guide from the 4x4 tour, Ruben. He was really nice and accommodating. I could not remember the names of our guides from the Mountaineers of Iceland though but they were great too. Highly recommend to do snowmobiling with them. The hotels we stayed at were very nice and comfortable. All the staff were great. We loved our stay at the Fosshotel and Hotel Ranga( where we saw the Northern lights!) We liked Hotel Hilda too. Its was a quaint hotel near thr harbor. Overall the trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommended!
Sidenote: We went on a Game of Thrones tour and was really entertained by the guide. He was fabulous! Loved the inside jokes and his passion for the show. I wish I knew his real name. I just remember his facebook name: Swordbiter. I made my whole family join the tour ( only my husband and I saw the show) but they still enjoyed the tour.

Christina Degener, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lesley,

I am very glad to hear that you were happy with your stay in Iceland and thank you for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that everything worked out well and that your whole family enjoyed the excursions.

Best Regards,
Christina