We had booked our tour well in advance of our trip and as you know, the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable. Our tour was scheduled for the day after a major snow storm. To get to Lake Myvatn, you need to go through 3 mountain passes. Our guide called us the day prior to let us know that the pick up time would be delayed by 1 hour to allow for the ploughs to clear the roads. When we got to the moutain pass, the road was still being cleared. Our guide, Stephan, gave us the option of going back or follow the plough. We chose the option to wait it out. As we made our way, the banks of snow where so high that at times it felt as if we were in a snow tunnel. The trip through the mountains ended up taking 3 hours - through out the journey, Stephan kept us engaged in conversation and more importantly, kept us safe.
Although it took such a long time to get to the Lake Myvatn area, our tour was not shortened. We were still able to visit all the sites although at times, it meant that we had to hike in because of the amount of snow. When we were leaving the bubbling mud pits, another tour group's vehicle had gotten stuck in the snow. It was refreshing to see Stephan fully prepared - there was no hesitation. He quickly got out his ropes and towed them out. Stephan definitely earned his keep that day - what was to be a 6 - 7 hour tour was close to 11 hours. Throughout the tour, we never felt like we were on a schedule. He always gave us the option to explore areas where it was safe to do so.
If I'm ever stuck in snow, I hope Stephan is there to rescue me!! He is an excellent guide.
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