On our second day in Iceland, we hired a private tour guide (Icelandic Guide from these forums) who took us on the most amazing tour of our lives! He picked us up at our bed and breakfast in Hella and drove us up through Hrauneyjar into the deep interior of the highlands. He was so warm and friendly, we enjoyed his company very much. It was like being driven around by an old friend rather than just a tour guide operator. In addition, the landscape, the scenery, the colors, they seemed surreal (like something out of a Dali painting).
Wow, that man can drive! We drove up and down hills, mountains, and through snow drifts. He made the driving seem so effortless, I felt very safe. Before the trip started, hubby and I talked about how we hoped that he would point out the famous Hekla volcano. Well, he didn’t point out the volcano to us, he drove us right up to it’s doorstep! At one point, we got a little stuck in the snow, but this only gave me the opportunity to hike up the snow covered mountain and sit on a rock gazing out as far as my eyes could see filled with mountain landscapes. It was just so nice to listen to the “silence.”
We aren’t very well versed in the geographical landmarks names, even though I planned this vacation well over a year in advance. Icelandic Guide seemed to know everything about everywhere we went, it was fascinating to listen to him describe the things that we were seeing. He has a long familial history around the area, his grandparents even owned a farm near Hekla. The tour lasted all day long, with each site becoming more exciting than the last! He even took us to the famous Landmannalaugar hot springs, but after changing into our suits, both hubby and I were too chicken (cold) to jump in. But they were beautiful
On the way home, he even stopped at a nearby farm. The owners of the farm were so warm and welcoming and even let me hold one of the calfs.
When hubby is able to upload the photos, I will post the link so you can see!
For anyone that is thinking of travelling to Iceland, I must say that if at all possible, bite the bullet and hire the private superjeep tour guide, it will be the experience of a lifetime!
P.S. Sorry mods, I changed the title of my post so that it might be most useful to other readers to find a review on this subject