In the summer, 2016, my husband, a friend and I spent 8 incredible days touring around Iceland with Teitur, who had been recommended by a friend. To call it a memorable trip is a total understatement.
We had done a fair amount of research into places we hoped to see and, before we left LA, exchanged emails with Teitur telling him our preferences—the types of landscapes we hoped to visit and that we mainly wanted to hike. And then we left it all up to Teitur. He picked the itinerary (which he kept a little flexible to take advantage of good weather and avoid rain and crowds) and he made all the plans.
We tooled around in Teitur’s SUV, listening to amazing Icelandic music, as Teitur drove us from one breathtakingly beautiful location to another. We hiked through the incredible colors of Landmannalaugar and along black sand beaches that reflected the image of the adjacent mountains. We hiked up to, behind and through magnificent waterfalls and saw virtually no one, even though it was the height of the tourist season. We spent nearly 3 hours hiking on a glacier (using the equipment Teitur had brought for us) and managed to stay far away from the tour groups that came and went while we were able to continue exploring as long as we wished. We took a zodiac tour in a spectacular (and less-traveled) glacial lagoon. We spent two nights at the Volcano Huts in Thorsmork, where we took jaw-droppingly beautiful hikes, one of which we began around 10PM and ended after midnight, always in the light. On another hike, we took off our boots to cross freezing rivers and were rewarded by extraordinary vistas from the top of the mountain and rest stops in a field of lava rock covered by moss as thick as a mattress. Once, as we passed a mountain with what looked like dozens of waterfalls,Teitur said he had always wanted to hike there so we did, following a sheep trail up the mountain with no one else around.
The trip wasn’t all nature. We explored a viking house, sheep houses and farm houses from the early 1900's, and swam in a thermal pool. We had some amazing dinners in quaint restaurants and in a fancy hotel. We stayed in a B&B, an apartment, and hotels. We really experienced the flavor of Iceland when we stopped at a diner to watch the Iceland/England World Cup match.
I could go on and on. Teitur is passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland—its history, culture, politics, mythology, geology—and his passion is contagious. This was the best way I can imagine to experience the poetry and unparalleled beauty of that incredible country.
It goes without saying that I recommend Teitur most highly.
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