Three of us went to Iceland in early March 2014 and we had pre-booked several private tours in various locations throughout this spectacular country. Our final tour was out of Reykjavik with Goecco Eco Adventures.
This particular tour was called the South Coast tour (about a 15-hour adventure) and we were not fully prepared for how overwhelmingly stunning our experience would be. Jonas, our local guide, story teller, and bon vivant, picked us up about 8:00am and told us to be prepared for something super special, and, he was right, of course. He was friendly, informed, educated, well-traveled and funny. His passion for his country is evident. He knew how to avoid the crowds of other tourists by timing his tour well--and traveling further than the big buses did--YES!
Our first stop was to a secret waterfall, while the big tour buses visited a different one nearby. The secret waterfall was awe-inspiring and sacred. We were alone. The cascading spray was a true baptism of beauty.
Off we went to visit a hidden ice cave that was along a dirt road and tucked into the side of a snow-covered hill. A small entrance hole in the hillside and a meandering diminutive stream exiting the cave was the only clue to its existence. Inside, the large and winding cavern was a crystal cave of glossy blue ice that sported multiple worm-hole tubes in it's ceiling that illuminated the cave. A small stream criss-crossed small wooden bridges, allowed us to explore the cave throughly. It was other-wordly and,to make it even more intriguing, local legend indicates there may just be a frozen Viking hidden buried within the slick frozen walls. And why not. . . ? I saw strange things behind the ice. Ha!
The rest of the day and evening was filled with more fantastic features introduced with historical perspective to us by Jonas: the largest lava field in the world frosted with snow, a melting glacial river flowing to the sea, chock full of icebergs, iceberg-lets and brown-eyed frolicking seals. We walked along a silky, black, lava-sand beach, with various sizes of ice chunks tumbling in the surf line and scattered across the beach. A photographer's dream: snow white and jet black highlighted by green ice and ocean blue-grey.
We stopped at local places for bathroom breaks, food, and coffee. Everyone was friendly, the places clean, and the food was good. What else is there? I would encourage any traveler that wants to have a private tour with a great guide to go with Goecco Eco tour. He offered great tips and insider information. He speaks three languages and was engaging and fun. If you are going to spend hours on a tour, this is the one to go on. . . worth the money and the time. A true TOUR EXTRAORDINAIRE!
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