We did a lot of research when we were planning our four-day, three-night trip to Iceland. We took three 16-year-old girls, who we very much wanted not to be on their phones all day. We looked for active tours that would give us a sense of the countryside and make our short time in the country memorable. Discover Iceland turned out to be terrific, from planning to execution. We emailed them with questions as we were planning our trip; they gave us terrific advice on which tours to book. We communicated by email; they responded quickly and fully, and helped us make all our reservations and arrangements online (including help booking a third-party carrier to take us to the Blue Lagoon on the way back to the airport). The driver/guides who took us on our private tours were excellent. Ívar was incredibly well-read and thoughtful about the history and present politics of the country. He knew as much about mythology as he did about geology, and gave us a very thorough and personal understanding of the countryside he took us through (we spent our first day with him on the Golden Circle tour). We also took the snowmobile excursion that day, the five of us riding on three snowmobiles across a magnificent glacier. This was a peak experience. But so were the waterfalls and geysers we saw, and the short hikes we took around the landscape.
The second day, we took the South Coast tour with Orri, another terrific, knowledgeable guide. This tour goes around a different part of the island, tracking the coast-line near the Atlantic and then winding back toward the volcano that erupted in 2010, stopping air traffic over Europe. We saw magnificent vistas, black sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls, each of which was different, one more beautiful than the next. We drove up to cliffs and had memorable views, and learned even more about this remarkable, inspiring country. These two tours complemented each other well.
Discover Iceland was terrific throughout. The only snafu came at the end, when it turned out the Gray Line bus we were scheduled to take to the airport from the Blue Lagoon wouldn't leave us enough time at the spa. We called the office and they sent someone personally to pick us up and take us on to the airport instead. This was unparalleled service and really sealed the deal. We’d book Discover Iceland again in a second, so happy we were with the experiences and memories they helped us make.