I just toured Iceland with my family and our close friends, in total 13 of us. My husband started his research about Iceland since Aug15, and later found Friend in Iceland. Through few emails correspondence, we decided to use "Friend" as our land tour operator.
As the travel date got nearer, Mr Gunnar Sigurdsson (Gus), GM of "Friend", will email us with some weather forecast, reminder for what to bring for our 1st stop at Blue Lagoon upon arrival etc etc and we got real excited to get ready for our trip.
Gus is a very experience guide and he really knows everything under the beautiful blue Icelandic sky. There's almost nothing he doesn't know. He's very sharp (especially his ears :p ), attentive and gone the extra miles, does lots of extras so that we get to see and play and enjoy as much as sceneries as the time permits, especially the day is long during the summer (mind you, the temperature is still a single digit!!). We don't come to Iceland often, or maybe just this once, so he wanted us to see and experience as much as possible.
Gus drove us up the glacier, past the highest point, and we get to play on the snow. Not once, but twice. These have saved us a lot of money from the helicopter ride which costs hundreds of Euros. He also proudly brought us to many waterfalls, each gotten their own beauty. We all love the geysers at Geysir region.
He even treated us to the best homemade ice cream and well known in Iceland, Brynja.
There are so many things we love in Iceland. We have very good weather (other than cold, especially the wind). Rain when we were travelling in the coach, stopped when we reached destinations. Experienced light snowing when we just checked into the hotel in
A little tips for people who want to tour Iceland. When they say summer (I meant in the month of May) in Iceland, don't ever think of hot!! It can still be a single digit weather, still need gloves, scarves and warm jackets. Heat pad also can be on the list. Sunglasses is a MUST!! Need a pair of good, comfortable, non-slip and light walking shoes.
There are so much to see and enjoy, so cameras are needed, although 98% of us only used our mobile phones to take photos.
Icelandic Kronas can only be exchanged in Iceland, either by Great Britain Pounds or Euro. Either changed at the airport, the bank counter is on the left after the Customs exit, but that is always long queue. Otherwise can change from Banks.
Before I end off, anyone who wants to tour Iceland, lookout for "Friend in Iceland", they are really your only Friend you must have in Iceland.
They can custom-made your itinerary and cater to your needs.
A special thanks to Gus who made our holiday most fulfilling and thrilling and worth every single cent we spent.