“In a last minute decision, my boyfriend and I may be coming to Iceland for New Years and a few surrounding days.
Seeing (now) how busy everything seems.... was hoping for some insight on what's even possible around then?
If it is possible, we would love to go on a photo-tour of the ice caves and maybe some other day/night excursions that would be fun. (hunting for northern lights, day trips in a jeep or off-road vehicles, etc...)
Would you recommend where to find accommodation a few hours away from Reykjavik and closer to Vatnajokull ?
Open for suggestions. Thank you for your time.”
Chris McCarty, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Southern Highlights, and Golden Circle: 7-9 day Itinerary.
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Trip planning highlights
Snaefellsnes Peninsula, NYE in Reykjavik, Golden Circle, South Coast
Summary of the trip planning conversation
Hi, welcome to kimkim! I'm Chris and I'll be your kimkim specialist for your trip to Iceland.
Given the timing, we'll have to move rather quickly, but I can put together a custom trip plan for you and make reservations for you. Are you interested in guided tours or self-driving options? the later will give you more flexibility.
You'll want to be in Reykjavik for NYE, as there is an incredible fireworks show that night (no limits on fireworks that day). Since you'll have about 8 days or so, how about an itinerary like the following? You will visit the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, South coast black sand beaches and waterfalls, the Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach, and several Glaciers as well, with options for tours of the crystal ice caves and glacier walking if you like.
Everything was pretty great about our trip. Details were well drawn up and explained a lot of sites to see on the way as we drove. All very well done.
Only thing that was any sort of a snag was that our Waterfall Ice Cave tour that we booked for Jan 3rd at 10:30am apparently was transferred.... to another tour service without telling me? So as we showed up at 10:15 to the meeting area for our 10:30am tour - with my ticket saying 'paid in full' to Arctic Adventures (whom I had received my email confirmation from) they looked at them and then their lists and said 'you're not on our list'.
So the nice man made a call.
He came back with "Apparently this tour was Cancelled Dec 12th and your money was refunded".....
He said his guy was going to make a call and look into it further, but it was now 10:20 and tours were leaving at 10:30 so we were hoping it would be worked out before then...
He then came back and said 'So I guess due to scheduling or booking this tour was booked, cancelled, and then you were transferred to another tour company? So go over there to Iceguide van and they should be taking you now..."
So we did, and a nice man named Oskar said 'Yep, you're with us.' and we went on a tour.
But it was concerning that at no time was any info about us not being with Arctic Adventures was shared... Had the nice man not made a call to try and figure it out we would have just went home and the correct service provider may have just left without us and our two seats being wasted...
Just was bummed I never got any sort of 'your tour has been cancelled, or transferred to another tour service' update...... with another tour companies name to find.
Aside from that everything went off without a hitch!!
So thank you!
Such great input on all questions asked, he really helped make the trip happen.