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“GOOD COMPANY” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saga Travel

Saga Travel
Kaupvangsstraeti 4, Akureyri 600, Iceland
+354 558 8888
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Owner description: Saga Travel is creative and dynamic family company. The core goals of Saga Travel is to provide exceptional courses and guided experiences that is fun, safe, exciting and educational. All our guides are local professionals that are highly qualified and experienced, who know the land like the back of their hand and are storytellers at heart.
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“GOOD COMPANY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Took a day tour with Gisli of Saga Tours, he is a character who describes himself as a Viking. . Went to the waterfall of the gods (Godfoss). Beautiful. Went to the geothermal wells that produce the power and heat for the area and saw the boiling mud and steam vents. Had an excellent dinner at Vogafjos "the cowshed cafe" of fish and beer. Karen had the meat balls and proclaimed them wonderful. This is a unique restaurant that does have a dairy operation on the other side of a glass wall. We proceeded to the Myvatn Nature Baths for a relaxing swim in the hot baths. We finished the day with the drive home to Akureyri watching for the northern lights. Unfortunately we came up empty. If they try and are not able to find any lights they will honor that for a second try the next night..

The next day did the coast tour with Katta in a 12 person van. Saw lovely country going north on the coast tour. Saw the "fish factory" and the herring museum in Siglufjordur. Quite interesting to learn of the rise of the industry and the fall from over fishing. Went through the one lane tunnels in the north of the island up to the lighthouse. The tunnels are an adventure as they may be four or five kilometers and not straight. So anyone driving must know that local "rules of the road.". .

Later (about ten) Saga tours picked us up for a second try for the northern lights This night we got a few miles from town and pulled off the road as some small lights were seen. We all piled out of the big bus and watched as the show grew more and more intense. We had about an hour show with lights directly overhead on a cold but clear night unfortunately with a 70% moon. Any person wishing to photograph the lights does need to remember to have a tripod (get a good one as mine broke in the dark) and a "cable release" as you will shoot about thirty second exposures.

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“Talk about a local guide!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Sigurour Erlingsson was out guide as we visited Akureyri. As there are only 1,800 residents in the area, Sigi knew everyone. This allowed us to go to a resturant where he knew the special (smoked arctic char, smoked raw lamb, homemade cheese, bread and dssserts) the owner who met me in the barn sharing 1/2 the resturant, and be introduced to some Icelandic horses whom he could call over to the fence. Find Sigi - he'll make your trip twice what it could be!

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“Lake Myvatn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We went on the Lake Myvatn nature tour with Saga travel, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide Siggy was a local who grew up on a farm outside Akureyri, so he was incredibly knowledgeable about the area. The tour was wonderful, and the sights we saw were breathtaking. The contrast between the snow and the black lava fields made for some wonderful pictures. The soak in the geothermal pool to end the day was awesome, much less commercial than the blue lagoon. It was worth every penny, and definitely enhanced our trip to Akureyri. I would highly recommend Saga travel and the Lake Myvatn tour

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“Your perfect introduction to Akureyri and its region”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I booked the "Jewels of the North" package which includes winter tours of a variety of attractions around Akureyri over three days. I couldn't have been happier with my experiences! The guides were all friendly, professional, punctual and yet flexible, giving you information that only locals would know and allowing you to really discover the places at your own pace. The trips feel like a day out in a friend's car rather than a guided tour with a tight schedule. All my tours (farmers' passion, Myvatn, Dettifoss, Northern Lights) were invariably interesting and informative and gave enough time to soak in the unbelievable scenery around.As a guide pointed out to me, tourism is still fairly new to this part of the world, which explains why the locals are so welcoming with the tourists. I would strongly recommend Saga to discover the beauties of the region in a relax manner and presonally, I can't wait to go back in summer time to go on their other tours. Full marks!

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“great trips, and Gisli is a great guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

we took the 1pm-12am trip to Myvatn with Gisli, the gourmet trip (we took full day but the best bits are in the morning including the mussel boat trip), and the northern lights, and managed to see everything including the aurora. Gisli was a good driver, an informative guide who knows everything and everyone in Akureyri and we hope he becomes a great opera singer

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