Iceland Variety Trip

  A couple visited Iceland in April 2017

“We would like to try to do a little bit of everything, but if possible would like to spend most of our time away from large crowds and tour groups, and away from the city (although we would like at least one day in Reykjavik to relax). We definitely want to see the dramatic physical beauty of Iceland.

We live in New York City, have never been to Iceland before, and are fairly physically active and adventurous. We are both in our 40's with 2 children.

If possible, we would like to try Ice Climbing and also if possible to see the Northern Lights. We have been on guided tours before, and find that a good guide is almost always worth having.”

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Lake Myvatn, East Fjords, South Coast

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik, fly to Akureyri
Day 2: The North: Godafoss, Whale Watching, and Big Waterfalls
Day 3: Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn
Day 4: Scenic Eastern Fjords
Day 5: Djupivogur to Hofn (optional trip to Jokulsarlon)
Day 6: Jokulsarlon, South Coast and Vik
Day 7: Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches, and start of Golden Circle
Day 8: Golden Circle and back to Reykjavik / KEF
Day 9: Departure
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Traveler Review

We had an amazing time, and thought that KimKim did quite a good job, especially given the short notice for our trip. There were several issues that could have been better:
1) There was several recommendations of places to go that were simply impossible to see at the time of the trip - as an example, the Leirhnjukur Lava Fields were completely inaccessible. This happened to us on several occassions, which caused us to spend time that could have been better spent at places that were simply not accessable.
2) In some of the itinerary, there could have been more detail in terms of actually finding the locations. As an example, where exactly is Hvalnes Nature Reserve? It would be useful, when doing a self guided tour to have more specific directions and suggestions about what to look out for, where to turn, and where to park, etc.
3) In the town of Vik, it would have been I good idea to let us know that we needed to call ahead to make reservations for dinner.
4) There was some really sketchy and somewhat dangerous driving, and I think that we could have been better prepared for that. In addition, the driving times in many instances were a severe underestimate of the actual driving time.

These things being said, we did have an exciting and unforgettable trip!

We thought that Chris did a very good job, and was quite helpful when I reached out to him during the trip.