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“Hands down, the BEST TOUR COMPANY in Iceland”
Review of Midgard Adventure

Midgard Adventure
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Hvolsvollur
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Owner description: South Iceland Adventure is now Midgard Adventure - same team, same family feel and same passion for Iceland. Midgard Adventure former South Iceland Adventure is a highly regarded, award winning Tour Operator and Travel Agency, authorised by the Icelandic Tourist Board, and focuses on year-round, individual, small/large group and tailored tours to both popular and well-off-the-beaten track locations. Often travelling in specially adapted super jeeps, Midgard Adventure aspires to introduce our clients to not only the glorious sights of Iceland's very varied and most wonderful, unspoilt nature but also to the more intangible and magical emotions and feelings that emanate from being immersed in Iceland's nature. Our professional guides ensure not only safe and exciting passage but also impart many stories, factual and mythical, to enhance the tour experience and to deepen the wonders that Iceland evokes. Our website fully describes all of our many tour offerings, active and passive.
Reviewed March 18, 2014

I didn't read any of the reviews on SIADV before we went on our trip. But having read them now, I agree 100% with everything that has already been said. This was one of the best trips that I've ever been on, and our guides, Vedis and Stepnir, were the ABSOLUTE BEST people that we could have asked to host us! We cannot say enough good things about Vedis and Stepnir (aka Superman)!!

We booked the trip via Eskimos. Although initially hesitant at first, our contacts at Eskimos allayed our concerns and said that it was one of the best trips in Iceland. Afterwards, we couldn't have agreed more. Gissur picked us up from our hotel in Reykjavik. We didn't know that a tour of Southern Iceland was included as well, which was absolutely delightful. Gissur introduced us to some of his favorite bands (including mentioning his own), and took us on a tour of some of his favorite spots, including Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss and his home town. When we expressed an interest to see the ocean, he made a special stop while also pointing out the prison nearby. When we kept on asking questions about Eyjafjallajokull, he called the museum and asked if they could screen the documentary especially for us. Who does this?! He was really patient with us - especially with me, as I was peppering him with questions about the cabin in Midgard.

We met up with Stepnir and Vedis at the SIA offices, and proceeded to Midgard in the Super Jeep. At times, visibility was approximately 0%, but Stepnir was relaxed throughout the drive, chatting with us and expertly dealing with the adverse conditions. It was apparent that he's very comfortable in those kinds of conditions. We had good laughs the whole way up. Once at the cabin, Stepnir and Vedis made us feel so comfortable and safe. Even though the wind was howling and there wasn't another human being within a 3 hour drive (this turned out to be false - more on that later) AND there was a pair of ravens and an arctic fox stalking us (or rather, our trash), Stepnir and Vedis inspired confidence. Vedis waded through a 4 ft stream and chipped away 3 feet of ice to take down our fishing net left overnight. Poor little fish. There wasn't anything that Stepnir couldn't do; he carried 3 jugs of water, made an igloo, fixed a snowmobile, and then lulled us to sleep every night with his accordion.

The food was terrific. We couldn't have eaten better had we been back at Reykjavik. Everything was planned, with back-up plans and weather-dependent contingencies.It was very clear that everyone associated with SIA knew Iceland intimately, understood her stories and legends and had a huge amount of respect for the weather and its variability. We felt we had a truly authentic Icelandic experience that cannot be replicated or fully explicated.

Everything about the tour was customized and we felt as though we were with friends the entire time. We had some great times. Thank you Gissur, Stepnir and Vedis! I already want to go back to Iceland and when I do, I'm calling you!

(As for that other human soul - on our way back we rescued an Austrian kite-skier who was 20 km away from the cabin)

Thank doobieny
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

The landscape was simply stunning driving towards and along the black beach and viewing the Westmann Isles across the water. Parts of a whale skeleton were on the beach. We'd had lots of snow over the last few days and as we climbed the volcano it got deeper and deeper. It all looked so beautiful with a partial blue sky and glistening snow. We climbed and climbed and then the jeep broke down, a head gasket blew. We called out Siggi to be able to use another jeep. While waiting we ate lunch and decided that if you were going to break down anywhere this should be it!
We climbed up further but got stuck in the snow twice, luckily there were other jeeps nearby to tow us out. It certainly wasn't viable to go any further so we headed off to the glacier.
Magic, the ice a glorious blue but then it started to snow heavily again. There were several times on the way back that the storm cut out the driving view. The GPS didn't work well in the area. And then our next adventure, the jeep tipped over a ledge landing on it's side. There were four of us plus the guide, we had to climb out over the huge wheel as we couldn't get access through the back. Siggi and another driver arrived, it took two of them to tow us out.
Luckily we were all ok and taken back to our hotel, I must say that despite this happening and a little shaken we did enjoy the day and the staff kept asking if we were ok.

1  Thank 49Pam
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We signed up for the "Surprise Tour" which sounds like a terrible idea (surprises are not always a great idea when on a super jeep tour in the middle of Iceland in March) but it was, of course, INCREDIBLE! Our guide, Steiner, was fantastic the whole trip. He put up with hours of questions about living and guiding in Iceland. Come to find out he is a firefighter/paramedic/mountain rescuer on the days he isn't doing super jeep guides. Yes, this person really exists. :) I could not have been put more at ease by knowing all of this. The day worked out perfectly as it had snowed so much the previous night that driving in our rental car would have been a terrible idea. They picked us up and dropped us off right at our B&B in Hella. We went up into Þórsmörk which I kept referring to "the place no one can get to in the winter." It was stunning. We had a small hike to get a view of the valley, visited and glacial cave which I will never forget, and even stopped by a hut in the valley to have warm soup, tea and great conversation. I would highly highly recommend any tour from this company.

Thank JJCZGR
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Started off with a whirlwind super jeep drive up Eyjafjallajokull to the crater edge, magical meeting place for locals out enjoying the wonderful weather. Headed off into the mountains, stopping off at the glacier before heading into Porsmork. Took a hike up a hill to a great view and topped it all off with learning to bum slide safely back down. Joined up with another jeep to make a deep river crossing and then walked up to Gluggafoss for more great ice formations and a spectacular waterfall. Siggi is a great guide, a true man of the mountains who tailored the day to us, gave us an adventure and looked after us really well. We highly recommend contacting SIA in advance as there are so many possibilities with this team whose local knowledge is outstanding.

Thank Jes_Maz
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Incredible guides: kind, knowledgeable, very impressive.
Tried lots of new things,
lots of fun excursions and activities,
unforgettable experience.

1  Thank Elodie O
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