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“Best part of our vacation”

Icelandic Mountain Guides
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Half-Day Lava Cave Exploration Tour from Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Icelandic Mountain Guides is Iceland's premier adventure tour operator. For over 20 years we have been in continuous operation of offering adventures in the wilderness of Iceland and Greenland. The company was established in 1994 by four young mountain and outdoor enthusiasts and pioneers whose aim was to introduce the wonders of Icelandic nature to travelers from all over the world. We started by offering Glacier Walks in Skaftafell and later on Solheimajokull. Hiking, backpacking and other adventures and expeditions in Iceland and Greenland soon followed. Today Icelandic Mountain Guides is a company that offers adventure tours ranging from short day tours to longer multi-day expeditions in the great outdoors in both summer and winter. So whether it is the exploration of the icescapes of glaciers, crossing of impressive highlands, trekking in the extraordinary rhyolite massifs or hiking in fascinating valleys, our aim is to Make Every Moment an Experience.
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Denver, Colorado
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“Best part of our vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

We went on a Northern Lights and Glacier Hike tour that was included in our vacation package so while we did not initially select the tour company, I would recommend them without any reservations. Our guide Björg (Björgman?) was fantastic. He was friendly, knowledgable and above all patient. Our group had a variety of ages and abilities and Björg adjusted accordingly on the glacier. The staff assisted everyone with putting the cramp-ons on and Björg explained all the equipment and how to use it including demonstrations. Our group kept up a good pace but if someone stopped to take photos or was lagging behind, they were accommodated and never rushed. Except for when the sun was starting to set and we did need to keep pace was their any sense of urgency, but even then Björg was calm and accommodating.

The glacier was a phenomenal experience but definitely not for everyone. Dress in warm layers. It's cold, but you're hiking and will want to be able to adjust easily. Don't forget your camera!

Afterwards we went to a couple of different waterfalls. One we saw near dusk and the other we saw at night lit up. That was really beautiful seeing the waterfall lit up with the dark starry sky behind it. Before we went to the glacier we got to see from a distance the volcano that caused so many issues a couple of years ago and the farm below it that was in all the photos. After seeing the waterfalls, we went to the Eyjafjallajokull museum run by the family and learned more about the eruption. A nice little detour we definitely wouldn't have seen otherwise.

Next we had dinner at a different farm. The fresh bread and soup were very good (they had meat soup or a tomato soup that was more vegetable stew like than tomato soup I'm used to). After that we went hunting for the Aurora Borealis. While there's no guarantee you'll see the Northern Lights, Björg and the other guides worked very hard to find them and pulled over several times in different places for us to watch them dance.

If we go back to Iceland I will definitely book another tour with this company.

Thank Momo800
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Riverton, Utah
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“These Guys Are Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

We booked two trips with IMG and enjoyed both days. The first was the glacier/northern lights trip and was the one we enjoyed the most. Our guide was young, energetic, fun and knowledgeable. The time on the glacier was the highlight of the trip. The waterfalls were incredible. As others have said, the fact that we did not see the northern lights was a non issue. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would do again. FYI, the we here is my wife and me.

The next day we went on a Super Jeep tour with IMG. Another superb day. We saw lava fields, went into a lava cave, spent time on a glacier and saw hot springs and a waterfall. The fun of the day was riding in the super jeep through snow, ice, mud and snow. We went through rivers that were fairly deep. It was great fun.

If you are planning an Iceland trip and want solid guides to take you around, this outfit is for you.

Thank Glen K
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Nyack, New York
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“Solheimajokull Glacier Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We booked the Solheimajokull Glacier Walk through Extreme Iceland, but it wound up being with the Icelandic Mountain Guides. What a great few hours! I highly recommend a glacier walk for anyone that wants to see and learn about a glacier up close. Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke perfect English (and other languages) and was accommodating to the array of comfort levels on the trip. While it was a relatively easy walk, some people were more comfortable on the ice than others. Cramp-ons and ice axes were provided. Our walk was about 3 hours, and I wouldn't recommend doing anything shorter - this way we got a great feel for the ice, a nice long walk, and had a blast!!

Visited February 2013
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“Northern Lights Off Road Adventure with Lobster Feast was great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We booked this excursion through a package with Icelandair. I was not sure what to expect, or if it would be good or terrible because it was such a great deal. I was so pleasantly surprised. We had a fantastic experience. Our guide, Hulda, picked us up at our hotel in Reykjavik in a super jeep, and we headed off with another jeep full of people. We drove out of Reykjavik and ended up on a desolate black sand beach. It was dark, but so beautiful. This was March 1, so it was not warm, but we dressed appropriately, so it was not uncomfortable at all. On the beach, we got to speak with our guides, admire the beauty of the black sand against the waves, and just take it all in.

From the beach, we then went to the lobster feast. This was a highlight of our entire trip. We were in a big room with long tables for communal dining. We enjoyed getting to know some of our fellow travelers. The drinks were not included, so keep that in mind, but the prices weren't too high. The lobster was FANTASTIC. They are smaller than what we are used to in the US, but the flavor was fantastic, and we got to eat a ton of them. Probably one of the better meals I've ever had. The sides were great too, but the lobster was SO good.

As we were finishing up, the guides were getting excited, because there was some activity outside. It started to feel a little bit like we were in the movie Twister as everyone bundled up and ran out to the jeeps. We then went chasing through the night trying to find the best places to view the Lights. It was incredible. We were told that these were not the greatest lights, and our guide was disappointed that they weren't better, but for us, who have never seen the Northern Lights, it was fantastic. The couple in our jeep with us was very cold the whole time and rarely got out of the jeep, but we spent long stretches of time outside at each spot gazing at the sky and taking it in. It was very enjoyable and memorable. If you are a person that tends to get cold very easily, really dress warmly for this. We were wearing long underwear under our jeans, with hiking boots, fleeces and jackets and hats and we were comfortable.

We did not a have a tripod, so didn't get great pictures of the lights. If you hope to photograph them, don't forget your tripod as you need to leave the shutter open for 30-40 seconds.

This was a great experience. Getting to see the Northen Lights was obviously the goal and we were lucky enough to see them, but had we not, the beach and dinner was still great and I'd recommend it! Hulda was a great guide. She had a lot of great information abotu Icelandic history and culture, and about the Northern Lights. We had a lot of fun!

Visited March 2013
Thank Beth M
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“wet but well worth it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

we booked this tour as part of a package with Icelandair.It was a very wet day and we all got soaked through walking to the glacier, but it was well worth it. We were given crampons and ice picks and were able to see sink holes and crevices. The landslips and rock falls on the way back were a little scary with big boulders falling down the opposite mountain! The waterfalls were amazing with a huge volume of water thundering over them, a real experience of Iceland in the raw! The presentation about the volcanic eruption was fascinating and it was great to meet the lady who lived in the farm nearest to the volcano and hear her first hand experiences. The lamb soup and bread meal was very welcome and tasty. It would be lovely to comeback again and experience the trip in better weather, but Iceland is not a theme park and I feel we certainly experienced a taste of the real Iceland. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and drove like a maniac!

Visited February 2013
Thank Jan M
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