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Arctic Travel Designer

Emanuela Grieco: a certified Travel Designer, specialised in the Arctic region: Iceland, Greenland, Lapland, Svalbard and Scandinavia.

Tailor-made and experiential travels, private or self drive tours, activities, nature, off the tourist path destinations, weddings and honeymoons, meetings with the local communities, sailing and much more in the remote regions above the Arctic Circle.

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Ice Cave and Northern Lights
Iceland's South Coast Guided Tour - 5 Days

This 5-day tour of Iceland's South Coast hits the top natural sights. Visit Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall, see the Reynisfjara black sand beach, and drop by the small village of Vik for coffee and local history. Stop and see the Jokulsarlon lagoon and Skaftafell National Park's many glaciers. Enjoy viewing the Northern Lights in comfort.

A light snow covers the quaint town of Vik along the south coast
Best of Iceland's South Coast & Golden Circle - 6 Days

Starting in Reykjavik, this 6-day Icelandic road trip lets you visit classic highlights along the country's south coast including waterfalls, black sand beaches, basalt columns, massive glaciers, and icebergs at your own pace. You'll then join the popular Golden Circle route where you can see Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal area of Geysir (watch Strokkur erupt like clockwork), and Thingvellir National Park where tectonic plates meet. Finish the adventure with a soak in the Blue Lagoon before your return flight home.

Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Iceland South Coast Family Road Trip - 6 Days

Drive Iceland's south coast for a memorable family adventure in just under a week. After getting to know Reykjavik, you'll check off blockbuster natural sites in the Golden Circle like Thingvellir, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Finish the self-guided tour with two nights among glaciers and black sand beaches in Vik and the Skaftafell area.

Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfalls with Kirkjufell in the distance
Iceland West Coast & Golden Circle - 5 Days

This fast-paced itinerary combines popular Icelandic highlights with off-the-beaten-path gems for a fun road-trip adventure. After a day in Reykjavik, you'll head west for hiking, lava fields, and small fishing towns along the rugged and remote Snaefellsnes Peninsula (called "Iceland in miniature"). You'll then hit the blockbuster sights of the Golden Circle before finishing with your choice of lesser-known natural attractions on your way to the airport.

Kirkjufell's mountain landscape on the west coast
Iceland Highlights: West to East - 9 Days

This Icelandic self-drive itinerary covers territory on both horizontal coastlines, from Snaefellsnes to Seydisfjordur, with fun detours along the southern portion of the Ring Road. With a bit more than a week, you'll experience volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, black sand beaches, small fishing towns, and massive glaciers in protected national parks. Start and end the trip in Reykjavík for culture and nightlife in Europe's most northerly capital.

Recent Trip Reviews for Arctic Travel Designer

Iceland west coast & golden circle - 5 days, Iceland - Aug 6 - Aug 13, 2019

Traveler: John B. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

I appreciated the detailed itinerary and arrangements that Emanuela prepared for our Iceland trip. She had lots of activities and suggestions for how to make the most of our time there, visiting Reykjavik, the Snaefellsnes, Thingvellir, Golden Circle, and southern coast. As we travelled at a self-pace, we were not able to do all the suggestions, but I think that we got the highlights. The recommendation for the Iceland Lava Show in Vik was great, the show is informative, entertaining and... read more

I appreciated the detailed itinerary and arrangements that Emanuela prepared for our Iceland trip. She had lots of activities and suggestions for how to make the most of our time there, visiting Reykjavik, the Snaefellsnes, Thingvellir, Golden Circle, and southern coast. As we travelled at a self-pace, we were not able to do all the suggestions, but I think that we got the highlights. The recommendation for the Iceland Lava Show in Vik was great, the show is informative, entertaining and interactive!

One suggestion that I have is that while the rental car (Kia station wagon) was fine, there are many places where the roads got a little rough (pot-holes in gravel). Having a little more ground clearance (such as an SUV) would have been better. Also, we didn't use the GPS much, and opted for an in-car WiFi hotspot and used our phones for navigation.

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Emanuela Grieco, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your feedback, John.
I am very glad to hear you had a perfect time in Iceland and I hope you enjoyed your Ed Sheeran's concert, too.

Thank you very much for your suggestions. I find them very useful and I will definitely keep them in mind for my next trips.

I also would like to take the occasion to thank you once more to have booked your trip with me. Please feel free to contact me again, should you decide to come back to Iceland for a visit.

All the best,
Emanuela

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

Traveler: Amanda M. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

We appreciated how hard Emanuela worked to ensure that we had a great trip. We found him to be knowledgeable throughout the pre planning stages. It helped to make for an awesome trip knowing that everything was looked after. Even when there was a mix up with our Glacier Hike, he was readily offering a refund but thankfully we were able to have the company squeeze us in.
My only feedback would be to offer more support in answering questions once we were there. We had asked about a pool,... read more

We appreciated how hard Emanuela worked to ensure that we had a great trip. We found him to be knowledgeable throughout the pre planning stages. It helped to make for an awesome trip knowing that everything was looked after. Even when there was a mix up with our Glacier Hike, he was readily offering a refund but thankfully we were able to have the company squeeze us in.
My only feedback would be to offer more support in answering questions once we were there. We had asked about a pool, which was listed on the website of the hotel but was unable to locate it. We reached out to Emanuela but he only stated he didn't know and that we would find it. In the moment, I was frustrated as we literally had no one to ask and really wanted to find the pool.
Besides that, it was glorious! I can't wait to come back:) We especially appreciated the bday treat on our last night.
Thank you!!

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Emanuela Grieco, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Amanda,
Thank you for your kind feedback.
I really appreciate your gentle words and I will take your notes as constructive ones to improve my service in the future.

I am sorry about the waterfall. As you may have seen on the road, Iceland south coast is full of waterfalls, so without a name it was impossible to understand which one you were meaning.

I am glad to hear you and Sarah you had a fabulous time overall, and I hope to hear back from you if one day you decide to come back to Iceland.

Wish you all the best and thanks for again for booking with me.

Emanuela