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About Glacial Experience
We offer tailored private tours in and around Iceland: The south coast with its glaciers and black sand beaches or come with us on a unique tour on a super jeep to the highlands, the unbeaten path that few experiences.
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Melanie S wrote a review Dec 2019
Eindhoven, The Netherlands9 contributions1 helpful vote
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Our time in Iceland can be described as nothing less than Phenomenal!! Together we spent an incredible 5 days on the Kona Tour with Kjartan, the best guide I've ever had the pleasure to tour with. We (my friend, and another Kona tour participant) asked Kjartan question after question, and were always provided with a comprehensive history. Kjartan is extremely knowledgeable, providing facts and tidbits throughout the entire experience, while also wanting to engage in dialogue, and learn about us as visitors and people. The Kona tour is a Gender Equality tour, which included meetings and discussions with noteable feminist women in Reykjavik, along with getting to see the endless natural beauty of Iceland. Getting to meet prominent Icelandic feminists gave us a comprehensive overview of the current issues Icelandic society is facing in the struggle for equality. Touring with Kjartan was such a personal experience- we became fast friends, and felt like we were in Iceland just visiting with someone we had known for years. It seemed like everywhere we went he would know someone there, and had friends and contacts throughout the country. Our tour was extremely customizable, with Kjartan taking our feedback and requests and adapting our itinerary accordingly. We drank so much coffee, some of the best while traveling along admiring the stunning views in the cozy van. Our hotel/accommodation was great- sleek Nordic design, central location, superb breakfast (Skyyr and smoked salmon are not to be missed!). Iceland is breathtaking, even more so when you have a knowledgable guide there to explain whatever it is you're seeing, and give you a comprehensive overview to increase your understanding. I could not recommend the Kona tour more! It's an absolute must-do, and when I find myself in Iceland next, I will definitley be touring with the Glacial Experience again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Piyush S wrote a review Dec 2019
Mesa, Arizona24 contributions2 helpful votes
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Our family of 4 recently completed ten-day trip of Iceland - Golden Circle, South Coast, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Reykjavik, and more with Kjartan and his most comfortable van (which could accommodate 10) - and what an amazing experience we had that brought lots of smiles to our family including our 2 daughters. It was a perfect family get-together and everything was just PERFECT !!! It all began with a reference from Jurga of Full Suitcase.com - we wanted to do a private family tour. She recommended Kjartan of Glacial Experience. With the first email and a lot more emails thereafter, Kjartan (patiently) and our family planned our detailed day-by-day itinery including our hotel stay including our special vegetarian breakfast. We landed at KEF on November 26 and our tour began on Nov 27. It started a bit ominously - with a visit to the car dealership to fix the gas tank opening issue. After that, there was no looking back: 1. As we travelled through the Golden Circle, South Coast - we had 4 days of sunshine and clear skies - and Northern Lights display for several hours on two nights. Kjartan commented that he has not seen a family "so lucky" to have this kind of weather and Northern Lights during this time. I corrected him slightly not "so lucky" but "so blessed" !!! 2. All our hotel stay was wonderful including the stay in Reykjavik - which turned out to be the residence of a former Iceland Prime Minister. How cool is that !!! 3. Kjartan took extra care in making sure we had the best time in Iceland. He took us on hiking trips including the one to the "Steinn" or the Stone on Mount Esja trail - what a wonderful hiking experience - we managed to break his stereotype of us Indians not wanting to do physical activities. He planned the smowmobiling, glacier hike, and blue ice caves, blue lagoon (with a stay at Silica Hotel) activities for us. he went an extra mile in doing so many things for us - way beyond what a normal tour company would do. We felt completely safe in his driving - and the driving time always seem short with him sharing so many stories of Iceland and its culture , politics, etc. Kjartan became our family member - he and his wife came to our place for a vegetarian dinner. 4. The temperatures were in the range of 26 to 32 F while we were there - very little wind - again "so Blessed". Kjartan suggeested fullsuitcase.com for tips on what to bring and wear. We followed that and never felt cold. Kjartan: Takk fyrir for this special Icelandic experience for our family !!! I highly recommend Glacial Experience Tours very much for a wonderful Iceland Experience and lots of memories and pictures.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Linda Li wrote a review Oct 2019
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8 of us from China had a wonderful time in our trip to Iceland from 16th Sept to 30th Sept. We took a 4 days Highland Tour with our excellent private guide Ingolfur before we had our self drive around the ring round of Iceland. Iceland is such an amazing country we all love! Our stunning photos and happy memories in Iceland have already attracted many of our friends who would make Iceland as their next destinations! We were very lucky to see the magnificent northern lights five times. The northern lights lasted almost 3 hours just in front of the cottage where we stayed over night on 24th September near Lake Myvatn. We also saw the fantastic northern lights again in a consecutive two nights (28th & 29th Sept) before our departure in the morning of 30th September. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank to Glacial Experience again from all of us. Much appreciate for all their help to organize the highland tour for us. Thank you very much for Ingolfur to let us get off the car and took a lot of beautiful photos! Our great appreciation for all his kindness and patience were beyond descriptions. We would definitely spread our good words for him and Glacial Experience. Especially the highland tour was so amazing once in a lifetime adventure! If you would like to see the unique wonders in the world, Icelandic Highlands Road Trip with private guide is the One For Your Bucket List!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Grace N wrote a review Oct 2019
San Francisco, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
We were a group of 9 retired individuals (4 couples and 1 solo traveler). Our adventure was a road trip around the entire island and then embarking for 4 days/3 nights on Glacier Experience’s Highland Adventure. It was absolutely incredible. Our super Jeep took us over rivers, up mountains, through the Highlands and places that most people never see when in Iceland. We sometimes felt we were the only people there - only meeting some folks at our lodgings. Because our group consisted of individuals in their late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s the tour was structured in such a way that everyone could participate - short or long hikes, easy or more difficult walks and frequent stops for photo ops. Our guide, Mimir, kept us all enthralled with all of his stories and explanations about Iceland. This was truly a fabulous and memorable adventure for us!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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rameshpatelphd@yahoo.com wrote a review Sep 2019
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Ramesh Patel Bridgewater, NJ, United States Iceland Vacation We travelled to Iceland in August for about 12 days. Our Itinerary was made for us as per our personal interest for group of six friends by Kjartan of Glacial Travel Tours. Knowledge and experience of travel tour owner (Kjatran) was amazing knowing which places to visit starting from southern to northern Iceland. He diligently work with us create entire trip. HE was our guide as well as came with us to entire Iceland trip. We ask for a private van for six people in our group. He provided excellent van which can accommodate about 10 peoples. He provided us much flexibility in starting time, daily travelling time and ample of breaking points as we requested. We saw all sites of interest as we requested n our itinerary and he added many more as he thought which all we enjoyed the most. We stayed in very clean and comfortable hotels which he book for our trip. He took us to the excellent places for lunches and took care of our need of vegetarian food. He went out of his way and picked us up from hotel, drove about 2 hours out of city to see the Northern Lights. He was very personable, reasonable, patient and knowledgeable. I very highly recommend Glacial Travel Tours for anybody who wants to enjoy wonderful Iceland.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from GlacialExperience, Owner at Glacial Experience
Responded Sep 19, 2019
Thank you Ramesh for your kind words. It was a pleasure travelling with you.
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