Oplev den dramatiske, sortsandede strand Reynisfjara, de tordnende vandfald Seljalandsfoss og Skogafoss, og tag med en certificeret gletsjerguide på en kort gåtur på den mægtige Solheimajokull-gletsjer på denne dagstur direkte fra Reykjavik.
Efter morgenafhentning i Reykjavik, tager du på en smuk køretur langs Islands imponerende sydkyst, går en tur rundt om vandfaldet Seljanalandsfoss og følger en erfaren guide langs Reynisfjara-stranden. Fortsæt til Solheimajokull-gletsjeren til en kort gåtur på gletsjeren, og beundr det storslåede Skogafoss-vandfald, inden du begiver dig tilbage til Reykjavik og passerer foden af vulkanerne Eyjafjallajökull og Helka.
Amazing trip overall! The guides, the company and the experience was phenomenal... if we could rate them more than a five out of five, I would have rated them a seven.
I was comparing multiple South Iceland tours from different tour companies and zoomed in on this for the simple reason that this offered the Glacier hike... even though this was about 75 higher compared to others... but I am glad I chose this trip! The whole tour takes about 12hrs and they are spot on with their timings.
The trip begins at 8:00am and wrapped up by 7:45pm. The pickup arrived at 8:10am and we went around town picking other passengers and by the time we went on the tour it was around 8:35am. We were 19 of us... our guide Gulli Tisco was amazing overall. He was friendly, professional, friendly, patient and had a great sense of humor. He did a great job of keeping us all engaged, providing fun facts throughout the drive and keeping us entertained and ensuring we were all taken care of... it's been a while since I have experienced such amazing hospitality! Thank you Gulli:-
The waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss falls were amazing to view and were mystic in its own ways. To me, the best part of the trip was the Glacier hike. We arrived at Solheimajokull Glacier after having lunch at the Reynisfjara black sand beach... and oh my, am I glad that I ate something there as the hike was 3.33miles 5.2km roundtrip and took about 3hrs!
At the parking lot we were broken into groups of 12 as we were 36 of us. We were separated from Gulli and assigned to Josh and immediately my hear sank as I wanted to be with him. Well I couldn't have been more wrong as Josh turned out to be an amazing guide. He was funny, knowledgeable, adventorous, very caring and cautious yet allowed us to take safe chances if that makes sense... multiple times he carved out steps using his axe making it easy for us, took care of all the questions and yes we had a climate change activist who kept on pushing climate change topic, yet Josh calmly talked about facts and did a phenomenal job of directing there and not taking any sides! He is the guide I always want to go hiking as I know I am going to be safe and yet have fun, who knows the ins and outs of the trail. We traversed routes the other guides didn't take and got to explore so much more but at no point did I feel unsafe. He was always there for all of us and made sure that we all stayed together. We had some of us who were fast and others slow, yet Josh made it a point to ensure that all of us were together! Simply put he was logical, knowledgeable, entertaining, friendly and loved what he did. If I have to describe customer service and professionalism, I would simply say - Be like Josh!! Thanks Josh:-
Gulli came in a close second and in hindsight maybe I would have wanted to hike with him and see how he compared to Josh... but no complaints about that! I thoroughly enjoyed the company of Gulli and his entertainment throughout the day.
Based on this, I have already recommended my friends and family to look up Gulli and/or Josh for their South Iceland Tour. Thanks a ton Gulli and Josh for making this an amazing experience:-
Brilliant Tour! Definitely worth the money and the very long day. Highlight was the walk on the glacier. (Make sure you have boots that go above the ankle for the crampons). The waterfalls were great especially walking around the back! Waterproofs needed! Hint check your pick up hotel is on the list
Amazing sights, the bus driver didn't give any commentary or info on any of the places we visited so if you want an informative tour I would book elsewhere. Much preferred the guide on Grayline tour I did. Glacier walk was run by a seperate company and they were really fantastic, cool experience!
This is a long day....from pickup to drop-off at my downtown hotel it was about 11 hours. Worth every minute of it. Our guide's family was from the south coastal area and he had a detailed knowledge of the history and the famlies whose farms we passed. The views of the volcanoes were fantastic as well as the stories from the 2010 erruption as well as the lava flows from much earlier erruptions which formed a goodly portion of the land we were traversing. At the furthest part of the tour we saw the black sand beaches which were absolutely breathtaking. The highlight of the day's tour was 3 hours spent on the glacier. We were fully equipped with survival gear and made the ascent in a small group 14. Again, the guides for this portion of the program were very good, knowledgable. One note, this trip onto the glacier is somewhat physically taxing I had spent the previous week hiking Hadrian's Wall, so was in prime condition. If you are not able to handle the heavy exertion of the climb you may want to book the Into the Glacier tour instead for your glacier experience. We also stopped at numerous waterfalls, with time to explore. On the way back we even got to stop at an unscheduled waterfall which will soon be destroyed by a hydroelectric project. If I had one day for an Icelandic tour this is the one I would take.
I rated this tour poorly because of the bus guide. This was the 3rd tour with this company and all guides were terrible. He barely spoke while we were on bus and completely forgot to tell us we needed to eat lunch while at the black sand beach. I thought we just hadn't heard him because we were toward the back, but no one on the bus had eaten either. Had we actually eaten lunch during this time, we would have completely missed the beach as we only had about 40 minutes there. I get the guide has to stick to a schedule, but if its so tight I suggest building in more time for lunch and not making it an eat lunch or see the sights option. If you do choose to take this tour I highly recommend eating breakfast prior to pick up and checking in with your guide on when you're supposed to eat lunch. I would also do research ahead of time on what you are seeing as you won't learn much from your guide. As with all the tours we took, it's great for transportation between sites, but don't expect to learn much.
One positive thing about this tour was that our guide for the glacier hike was great! He went slow and constantly checked on us to make sure we were going at an ok pace. He answered all our questions and even made sure we had time for the cave.