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Iceland Guided Tours
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Guided Day Trip to Golden Circle from Reykjavik by Minibus
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Owner description: IG Tours offer a variety of different day tours to all the major highlights of Icelandic nature and sightseeing locations. We also offer private tours for groups and families. All our Scheduled tours are operated in mini buses, groups are small and the service we provide is more personal.
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We booked two tours with IG Tours and were very impressed with the knowledgeable guides, clean vehicles and direct pick-up from our hotel. We toured the Golden Circle and South Coast, both of which were amazing. The Icelanders are wonderful, friendly people. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Fond Memories of Iceland
Our most recent Retired Teachers of Ontario District 37 excursion was to Iceland.

Travel to Iceland - "Why?", some people asked. Now I know the answer to that question. Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice. Settled by Vikings, it is an island of many contrasts with dark black fields of lava rock, beautiful snowcapped mountains and green valleys sculpted by massive glaciers leaving thundering waterfalls, plunging fjords, and deep blue ocean. Half of the newly formed volcanic rock is high enough to be covered in snow and ice. Brush like birch and soggy pasture grass covers the lower coastal areas, but the uplands are either black basalt or red rhyolite rock and ash...red and green*. Iceland has retained a uniqueness that is not yet spoiled by "over" tourism. Hopefully the Icelandic people are able to retain this uniqueness, even though tourism is quickly becoming the new economy over fishing and farming.
Yes, the weather is changeable - sunny, cloudy and overcast, light rain, and wind all of which would come and go and come again. We were reminded on more than one occasion to take our "impermeables". We had some great weather on our trip. And when it did rain - the rainbows were perfect! We learned that in the early days of settlement, the trees were cut down to build boats and for other uses. Tree plantings now are small due to the lack of nourishment from the soil. Sheep are plentiful and we did see some cattle. The Icelandic horses are small with beautiful eyes and thick, flowing manes. Please do not call them ponies! We were given a tour of Reykjavik exploring the old town and the waterfront noting the location of places we wanted to visit when we had time for further investigation. We traveled the Golden Circle, a route which encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. We visited Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100 foot double cascade. On route we stopped at the Thingvellir National Park, the nation's most historic area and where the world's oldest existing parliament first met in AD 930. The Thingvellir rift valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. We also stopped at Geysir and were rewarded with displays of large bursts of hot water and steam erupting on a regular basis at Strokkur. Leaving Reykjavik, we traveled the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and saw Hallmundarhraun, which is the largest lava field in the region. No trip to Iceland would be complete without a stop at the Settlement Museum at Borages where we
explored the saga of the Settlement of Iceland and the life and works of Gill Skallagrimsson a Viking and poet. On to a family farm that keeps a 400 year old tradition of preserving Greenland shark (hakari). Yes, I did a taste test...thank heavens for the Brennivin, an Icelandic liquor which is distilled from potatoes and caraway seeds. Brennivin in Icelandic means "to burn". Even still, the taste of shark lasted for some time!! From there we headed to Grundarfjordur a small fishing village where members of the tour boarded a fishing vessel for a trip to see puffins birds and have an opportunity to fish for their supper. I am so glad that the fishing trip was successful as we dined on baked cod caught only two hours before dinner. Excellent!!
The next day, a stop was made at the home of Erik the Red which is now a museum on our journey north to Akureyri. I was reminded of my visit to L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland/Labrador. While in Akureyri some of the group chose to go horseback riding while others luxuriated in the natural, geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths and had a tour of the original bath which is in a cave and now much too hot to enter. Our bus driver shared with us the folklore surrounding the Islanders belief in trolls and showed us where they sleep. Two of our fellow travelers hired a taxi to take them to the golf course that was hosting the Arctic Open golf tournament that ran for five days and nights*. There are several golf courses in Iceland. I can only imagine what the "rough" would be like. A short flight from Akureyri took us back to Reykjavik. We flew over the tundra and snowfield interior, right between two of Iceland's flowing glaciers*. Back in Reykjavik, we visited the Blue Lagoon (created from the run-off of a geothermal plant). If you have a choice - choose Myvatn as it is less of a tourist attraction than the Blue Lagoon. In Reykjavik, we stopped at the Hallgrimkrkja, a Lutheran church with a stark grey tower that defines the skyline. Inside, the church is quite stunning in its plainness and is home to the largest organ in the country with its 5,275 pipes. Oh, how I would have loved to attend a recital; maybe next time. The last full day was spent in Reykjavik with some travelers heading to the ocean to watch whales while others decided to crawl and roll through a volcanic cave. I chose to head off on my own - time to walk by the water, visit an art gallery, do some shopping, and visit the Harpa concert hall, home of opera, symphony and pop stars, like Bjork. The last part of our tour was a farewell dinner on Videy Island. We boarded a ferry for a short ride to dine at Videyjarstofa (Videy House) which is the original residence of Skuli Magnusson who founded Iceland's first industrial enterprise woolen workshops which led to the development of the country. On Videy Island you will see the monument Yoko Ono had created, "Imagine Peace" in honour of John Lennon. During the trip, my traveling partner and I were glad to have free time. This provided us with just enough time to visit the National Museum, Culture House where manuscripts dating back to 1278 can be found, and the National Art Gallery. We strolled through an old cemetery, checked out Magistrates Square which was once a Viking burial ground, and noted the number of embassies in Iceland. We explored most of the streets in the three places we stayed. We had some very good food! We found good restaurants and enjoyed fresh fish, arctic char, cod, lamb, smoked lamb and good wine and beer. Skyr is Iceland's dairy delicacy described as a thick yoghurt by some and others as sour curds. We enjoyed it at breakfast, lunch and also as a dinner dessert. At our welcome dinner, I tried a piece of whale and loved the cured salmon. Yes, Iceland is expensive. I decided I could not afford the shoes at 450,000 thousand krona
(approx. $387.00). I did however purchase Icelandic Christmas ornaments, Blue Lagoon and Myvatn body and hand creams, black lava salt and a book on Icelandic folklore. Some travelers purchased polished lava rock and silver jewelry and Icelandic sweaters. Returning to our hotel in Reykjavik in the evenings, we enjoyed watching the young people doing their skateboard and bike tricks in the square. On our last Sunday in Iceland, people were out enjoying the sunshine and the twenty-four hours of light. We ended a good trip by raising a glass of scotch in a toast to Iceland in the late, late evening in the square. Thanks RTO members Doug and Gail Puddicombe for their part in planning the trip.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

I booked a tour with Iceland Guided Tours (IG Tours) because I wanted to tour the Golden Circle with an expert guide but not on a big bus and IG Tours was perfect. Our guide, Brian, was courteous and very knowledgeable on each aspect of this tour. He not only shared his thoughts but his own Icelandic viewpoints, which were much, appreciated. Our second tour with IG Tours needed to be cancelled due to only two people booking that day to visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. They offered another tour at the same price but we had our own plans. I really appreciated the personal touch that IG Tours offered and extended. Yes, I would recommend them for future visitors.

3  Thank Jeanne_desert_AZ
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Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

The Golden Circle Tour is a must see when in Iceland and living in the Reykjavik area. Spectacular sites, Icelantic history, and great nature all seen from a non crowded minivan with Dooley as a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. Go with IG tours if you want the extra from the Tour without paying more.

2  Thank Nyland07
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I would like to commend Gate1 Travel for it's commitment to each traveler's interests, comfort, education and enjoyment .
The 9 Day Classic Iceland Tour was a stellar example of the services Gate 1 provides.
Our Icelandic guide was with us from arrival in Keflavik to the departure gate gate 9 days later.
Bjorg could not have been better prepared or more attentive and energetic! Our full days left us satisfied and hungry for the next day.
The comfortable bus was a moving classroom of history, extreme geography, native culture and local lore and customs.
Our lodging, most meals and attractions were included, well-planned and appropriate to the area.
Gate1 Travel offers quite a bang for your buck and does it superbly!

2  Thank Susan K
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