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“Lava cave tour with family (kids ages 5-13)”
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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.
Boston, MA
2 reviews
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“Lava cave tour with family (kids ages 5-13)”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

We went on a lava tube tour with Ragnar and had a fantastic time. Our kids talk about it as one of their Iceland highlights. We were picked up along the minibus route, right on time. Extreme Iceland provided helmets (essential! so you don't injure your head on projections), flashlights and gloves. They even had a little helmet for our 5 year old and took the time to make sure it was correctly fitted. Ragnar was wonderfully friendly, professional, knowledgeable and really made the adventure fun for all. We walked in over the mossy lava fields which was beautiful in itself. You could go in the entrance of the cave by yourself, but having a guide made it much more safe and interesting. On your own it could be easy to get lost in there. Highly recommend the Extreme Iceland tour.
(It might be tricky if you mobility issues or are pregnant, there is a fair amount of bending.)

Visited August 2013
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“Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Tour”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Don't bother taking the over priced cruise ship shore excursion. Book with Extreme Iceland. We did the Golden Circle tour as well as the Blue Lagoon tour for about 60% of the cruise ship cost. Pus we were in a van with a group of four and were able to taylor our tour to our needs. We spent two hours in the Blue Lagoon and our guide stated that we wasn't on the clock and we should just take our time and enjoy ourselves. Now that's priceless!! No need to be on a bus with 45 people when you can be in a small van and avoid the crowds. Our guide was very aware of our group's needs and abilities and made our tour a pleasurable experience. Give Extreme Iceland a try when you visit this lovely little country.

Visited July 2013
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Groton, Massachusetts
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“Loved the lava cave tour - recommend it!”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Just wanted to post a review of a lava tube tour we went on when we were in Iceland. This was a really cool activity and something we would definitely recommend. We went on a half day tour with Bjorn from Extreme Iceland, which was arranged through our hotel, Hotel Borg. We went to Leidarendi lava tube, which was about a half hour from Reykjavik. Bjorn picked us up at our hotel. It was a really cool tour, and Bjorn was really informative. In a few parts we had to crawl on our hands and knees since the opening was narrow in some parts. I would definitely recommend rain pants or snow pants and a water resistant jacket, since the lava tube is always wet with dripping groundwater. Also, you may want to consider knee pads or extra layers underneath - my knees were black and blue!

While temperatures were in the 30's when we went, I overdressed for the tour. I wore a ski jacket and was sweating, so consider something a little lighter or fewer layers on top. I highly recommend one of these tours, and Bjorn was a great tour guide!

Visited November 2012
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“Golden Circle/Glacier hike and South Coast/Jokulsarlon tours”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

We took 2 separate tours with Extreme Iceland and we loved them both. On the first day we did the Top 10 tour which is basically the Golden Circle with as Glacier hike at the end. The next day we did the South Coast Jokulsarlon 2 day tour. Not sure about the negative reviews on the site, most of which claim that Extreme switched them onto a Gray Line tour. Both our tours were small minibus tours by Extreme Iceland employed guides. Anyways will try to break down the highlights separately.

Jung, our guide picked us up at our hotel and after picking up a few more people we started out. There were 8 of us total. We first stopped at Thingvellir and Lake Silfra and walked around for a bit. Amazing history in that area which definitely enhances the views. Next we went to Geysir and Strokka which were fun to stand under. We then drove to Gulfoss and had lunch. Definitely have the lamb soup! The waterfall was beautiful and the weather cleared momentarily to give us a nice rainbow. We then drove to the glacier which is across a small lake. We got suited up and hopped in some zodiac boats and headed across. This ride was not for the faint of heart, it was very windy so the lake was really choppy. We got airborne a few times I believe and I was holding on with a death grip, only imagining how cold it would be if you fell in. Once we go the glacier, looking up it was beautiful. The sun came back out, and the glistening blues and white were amazing. We strapped on our crampons, had an orientation in mountaineering , and started up the glacier. To see all the crevices, holes, streams up close was breathtaking. My favorite part was when you got thirsty, you just found a stream and stuck your face in to drink the coldest most refreshing water you will ever taste (that's high quality H2O for Waterboy fans). We finally came back down which is a bit dicier that going up, de-cramponed, and jumped back on the boat. Wouldn't you know the sun left, and the wind and chop picked back up again, but we didn't care at that point. We then jumped in the minibus and headed home, close to 12 hours door to door. A great start to the trip.

Upon waking up the next day, right on time Bertlind picked us up the next day. She's a great guide, very lively and hilariously funny. We ended up having 10 on this tour and it was a really fun group. We started heading along the South Coast, stopping at multiple waterfalls along the way, each having a different character. We then stopped at Vik Beach to see the beach, the cave, and the "troll" formations in the ocean. The beach and ocean are beautiful, the basalt columns are almost alien in appearance. The troll story is great. We then headed into Vik, had lunch, and went to the wool factory. We then continued down the coast and stopped at some more waterfalls. Eventually we arrived at Jokulsarlon at around 6:30pm. We spent about 1/2 hour there all the while knowing we would be doing a boat tour and seeing more of it the next day. We then went to the guesthouse, Gerdi, and got settled in before dinner. We had a nice dinner then all sat around getting to know on another and before we realized it, it was after midnight.

The next day, we met for breakfast then headed to Jokulsarlon, we took the boat tour which was interesting to see the icebergs up close and we even saw some seals. We then walked a little more around the lagoon, then crossed the road to the ocean to see some of the icebergs make there way out. Some get beached and it is a great picture spot to get icebergs with the mountains in the background. We then hopped in the minibus and went back up the coast where we stopped for a hike, and also at another glacier lagoon which is just as majestic as Jokulsarlon (can't remember name of that one.) We had lunch, then went on a glacier hike. This hike was a little different from the one on Top 10 tour. First, you park right at the base so you can walk right onto it, second it is not as steep so it is a little easier, and finally it is melting at a much faster rate, so it is essentially changing very rapidly. Bertlind was telling that each week new things are there and old things are gone. We finished and headed back into town stopping at one more waterfall. We ended up back home around 9pm.

Again both trips were phenomenal. Don't know what could have been improved. Would definitely recommend both and the only thing I can say is that there is an element of extreme in both so as long as you know that and are looking for that , you can't go wrong.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fabulous Iceland courtesy of Arnie the Fantastic!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Arnie was recommended to us as a guide for a private day tour. We are a family of 5 with the children in their teens and twenties. Normally, its hard to please everyone. Not this time thanks to Arnie and the wonders of Iceland! Day one we climbed a glacier, saw several fantastic waterfalls and hiked in some almost lunar looking areas. Arnie was accommodating, entertaining, patient and knowledgeable throughout so we decided to have a day two. Day two was standing between the continental plates, snorkeling (see my review of Scuba Iceland and Miha), even better waterfalls, geysers and lava tubing! We also boiled eggs in a hot springs! We did both the Golden Circle and the South Shore in those two days. The scenery is incredible here in Iceland and really unique - so many different and breathtaking things to see. And Arnie makes it all easy and accessible. He managed to take everyone's "wish list" into account and made the things that some of us didn't wish fun for us all. Nothing in Iceland is inexpensive, but this was worth every penny. Thank you so much to Arnie and to Iceland for totally exceeding our expectations.

Visited August 2013
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