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“2 day Glacier Lagoon tour”
Review of Extreme Iceland

Extreme Iceland
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Owner description: Welcome to Extreme Iceland Tour Operator! Extreme Iceland is a fully licensed travel agency that offers scheduled tours and private tours, both day tours and multi-day tours. We organize extreme winter super jeep tours, activity tours, day trips, longer tours, car rental self-drive tours, accommodation, all sorts of celebrations or just basically anything you can think of. A strong focus is placed on providing the best available service. The tours are operated by Extreme Iceland directly or teamed up with other accredited travel agencies of high professional standard. We specialize in tour design and travel operation for both scheduled and private tailor-made trips, summer or winter.
Reviewed May 1, 2013

I had to say that with all tours, it's the guides that can make all the difference in a trip. Our guide Jon was exceptional, he was very informative, very accommodating and very friendly. The tour pretty much is as described in their itinerary and Jon even made time to try and make little side trips. He pulled over to pick up bread for the Icelandic horses on our way and we attempted to feed them on our second day. We all had a little stack of bread to give to the horses, which, unfortunately weren't very receptive to our offerings and hilarity ensued as we tried different ways to entice the horses to take our food. Luckily for us, it wasn't a very big group, an intimate group of 8 with diverse range of ages and background. Jon took the time to get to know us right away when he picked us up in the morning and learned a bit about all of us and within the short two days, we all got on really well and it made the tour really enjoyable. Thanks for a memorable experience!

1  Thank Melanie Y
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

The four of us are from Melbourne Australia, 2 60+ and 2 late 20's. Before booking anything we researched heavily, the moon, the weather and the tours. This is very important to see the Northern Lights. We decided on the period 10th April to the 13th April as there was to be no moon and then chose the 3 day Extreme Iceland Northern Lights tour to Hveravellir.
As it was the end of season it was only the four of us and the accompanying driver and guides on our tour.
This was an excellent, beautiful and amazing adventure.
We set of in a Beast, a large comfortable Ford with huge wheels and drove through the normal sight seeing of southern Iceland which in themselves are quite unique and amazing, and then hit the wilderness, past snowy mountains, frozen lakes, lava fields, rocks, along snow covered tracks and across frozen rivers, at least we hoped they were. No, we were in very good hands.
When we arrived we were not quite expecting what greeted us, the accommodation for our two nights was a hikers hut with many pine bunks and mattresses and a small kitchen, this explains why Tours brought everything with them, from gas for the stove, sleeping bags to food. They had hired the hut exclusively for our tour. Do not be put off by this for after the initial surprise we adjusted and enjoyed. The hut is surrounded by a magnificent Geo thermal area which provided the heating, water (most probably the best you will ever drink), and the best of all a natural Geo Thermal pool. Hot water pouring in one end and sparkling cold the other.
We were in the true wilderness, no person for miles, surrounded by snowy mountains, massive glaciers and a wonderful Geo thermal area of geysers, steam and streams, amongst which you could walk. When not doing this we spent hours in the pool (for this I suggest you take some swimming shoes) relaxing, drinking and some even eating. All the time being well looked after by our hosts. Everything was so clean and clear, if you want ice in your scotch, break off the ice stalagtite from the rock, couldn't be purer or cleaner.
The first night we went to the pool after dinner, the traditional Iceland fare, lamb and veg soup. Staring northward hoping for a sighting, about 1am there they were appearing and reappearing dancing across the sky, and forming large arch like structures in the sky. Went to my sleeping bag very happy having sighted the Northern Lights.
The next day woke to a beautiful morning with fresh overnight snow and the sun appearing. We were blessed with lovely weather. Spent the day between the pool, walks amongst the thermals and of course a nanna nap. Dinner was served, beautiful Iceland Barbeque Lamb. Now the lights - not the pool as it was too hard to take photos. Braced the cold in eager anticipation, but went to bed about 1am having seen nothing. Fortunately the young ones had more stamina and woke us at 2.30 to experience the most amazing light show - we were so fortunate, a life's experience.
In all I can only highly recommend this tour. Make sure you clarify with them exactly what you will need to bring, from towels to a bath robe, a lot of things they will supply, but check before you come.
One thing make sure you bring layers,outside it is very very cold, colder than you could imagine you need cover for everywhere, your head, face everything.
Thank you so much for a wonderful amazing experience.

1  Thank Mike L
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Loved this tour. We went with the grayline tour company and saw several waterfalls, the little town of Vik, the blacksand shores and then walked on a glacier. It was very cold when we were there and snowing but otherwise fantastic!! The tour guide was very very knowledgeable.

1  Thank cmiller1016
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We booked this tour on Iceland Guided Tours website but it is run by their partner company Extreme Iceland. Their information about the tour is very accurate so I recommend you take the time to read it carefully! We really enjoyed this well-run and interesting tour and highly recommend it to others!

Our driver, Ragnar, picked us up from our hotel on time and was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire tour. On the way to the cave he gave us a lot of interesting information about Iceland and the things we could see. He told a lot of jokes throughout the tour and has a great sense of humour which added even more to the atmosphere. I think perhaps some people didn't understand his humour when he made jokes about things like not remembering where the cave entrance was!

The caves were only about 20 minutes from Reykjavic and we parked very close to the entrance. The cave is in a beautiful location, surrounded by lava fields covered in moss and ringed by mountains. When we got to the cave we were given a helmet, torch and gloves and left our bags in the coach. The entrance is easy to get into although some people found it a bit steep. Ragnar was constantly checking that everyone was ok. He obviously knows what he's talking about and explained all about the formation of the caves, the different rocks and features and answered everyone's questions.

Exploring the cave was definitely worth doing. I'd recommend you wear clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty. The roof gets quite low in places but it's pretty easy. Just don't expect it to be like going to a tourist cave in the UK!

The bus stopped at a petrol station on the way back so that the people combining the caving with a visit to the blue lagoon could transfer to another bus. We were only there for a few minutes. I had some questions about the tour before we left the UK and the owner of Extreme Iceland was very quick and helpful in answering all of my questions. It's made me want to do a longer caving tour next time I come to Iceland. Thanks Ragnar and Extreme Iceland!

Note: if you're travelling with someone who may need a toilet break during the tour, it's worth being aware that there are no facilities near the cave. You really are in the middle of a large open area.

6  Thank Tom C
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Although achievable, this is NOT the'caving' you do as a tourist in the UK. We spent about 4 hours in the cave, climbing up or going down on a rocky "path" ( there is no real path). For us the most difficult part was when we had to walk through a long section completely covered with ice.
Don't get me wrong, the cave is very beautiful and the ice sculptures are amazing but it was quite physically demanding.
The only minus from organisational point was the lack of head lights, instead we were given hand torches. It would have been more convenient to have our both hands free especially while doing the ice section. The guide said the head torches were not available this time so this could have been just our bad luck.

1  Thank Maya N
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