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Glacial Experience

Reykjavik, Iceland
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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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Trip52012 wrote a review Jun 2022
Greensboro, North Carolina4 contributions1 helpful vote
Where should I begin! From the beginning Kjartan and Tobba at Glacial Experience did an amazing job with reaching out and coordinating our trip. I had contacted 2 other companies but felt Glacial Experience would give us a more authentic curated experience based on the wide age ranges we had in our group ( 5 y/o to 50+). We were able to see many of the waterfall highlights and national parks in the southern region; crossed multiple rivers and visited the highlands in a super jeep, hiked and snowmobiled on a glacier, rode in a zodiac boat in the Glacier Lagoon and saw icebergs up close all in 7 days! In addition we had time to see all the wonderful sights in Reykjavik. Our awesome guide, Haflidi, was integral in this process. It seems like he knows everyone in Iceland and was so abundantly knowledgeable with Iceland’s history, culture, geology and its current vibe, we couldn’t help but learn something new each day. The folks at Glacial Experience turned a family vacation to Iceland into an incredible memory!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Caren R wrote a review Jan 2022
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My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Iceland with Glacial Experience through Zicasso over New Year's Eve to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The trip completely exceeded our highest expectations! The itinerary they created was fascinating and packed just enough in every day that we were able to do so many things without feeling like we were rushed from place to place. The accommodations were very good with a special shout out to Hotel Ranga for their amazingly friendly staff! Our private guide, Thor Tulinius, was simply incredible and brought such depth and color to the trip. His personality is outgoing and engaging and we felt as if we'd made a new friend by the end of the week. His knowledge of history, geology, and folklore brought each experience to life. He was also able to adjust on the fly a few times when we decided to change the itinerary a little bit. We absolutely plan to return in summertime and would most definitely request Thor again. The trip was great on it's own, but Thor made it spectacular! We had an unexpected surprise at the end of the trip and tested positive for Covid on our pre-departure testing so had to stay an extra week in a government provided hotel for quarantine. Thor and Tobba (Glacial Experience staff) went above and beyond helping us navigate the health care system for official testing (the rest of the world could learn a lot from the ease and efficiency of the Icelandic system!) and checked in on us multiple times during our quarantine. We highly recommend Glacial Experience!!! Thank you for a magical trip!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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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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