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  • 10

    Warming winter moments

    When asked what my favourite part of the trip was this was my response soon after I returned ...."Mine...the spontaneous stop off to chill by the glacial pool in falling light - to capture the sunset en route to the hostel ...we saw the Northern lights - so chuffed - Vik, Whow! - homemade tomato soup on the spot where they were grown - all the food. Oh and I missed the pictures of Gulfoss in the books, so imagine my face when I walked to the edge of the path!! Snow, muted crashing rollers on a lava beach, ice, sun -such feast for the senses...then lastly the feel of the lava between the toes in the blue lagoon. Still pinching myself.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Gulfoss, because of the above, closely followed by the beach at Vik, with crashing rollers

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Clear, concise, there with answers to questions and prepared to go the extra yard to make this short trip to Iceland most memorable. His performance on the line was truely memorable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Layers, lots. It doesn't matter what you look like but you'll only enjoy it if you are warm.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Iceland Northern Lights

    This was a superb, action-packed holiday. And now that I have seen some of Iceland, I want to go back and see more of the island. Each day was full to the brim with different sights and experiences. We didn't see the lights (well, only a faint line in the sky) but that didn't spoil the holiday for me given the sheer beauty of the sights which we took in over the course of the holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't limit myself to one single sight. Instead, I will pick the day when we visited the Seljalandfoss waterfall (it was fascinating to walk behind this waterfall), the green house project for the best tomato soup lunch ever, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, the hot spouts at Geysir, and finally walking along the fault line of the tectonic plates at the national park. It was completely dark for this last stop but we did the short walk as a group and had some fantastic laughs along the way.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ibi was fantastic. Her style was very much understated but she made sure we knew what we needed to know, without "being on top of us". She was always on hand if we needed extra equipment, e.g. letting us know when we would need the (Exodus supplied) spikes for walking.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The only downside for me is that there was limited opportunity to explore Reykjavik itself. We drove through it early morning when everything was shut and I would love to go back and see more. Therefore, adding on extra days at the start or end of the trip would be a good option.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go ahead and book it, and hopefully fall in love with this country like I did. I need to mention the Blue Lagoon experience as well - what a beautiful way to end the holiday - serious rest and relaxation in the thermal spa whilst the snow was falling around us!

  • 10

    Iceland experience

    This was an awe inspiring trip with excellent company and a splendid guide. Personally, I achieved 2 firsts: glacier walk and lava tube caves.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Experiencing the continental divide between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America

    What did you think of your group leader?

    David was very understanding and excellent at getting us to places at the opportune time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a physical holiday

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus did a great job in keeping us posted and preparing us for the trip

  • 10

    Beautiful Iceland

    Well-thought itinerary that allows you to see the highlights of Iceland in just 5 days with stunning scenery and great activities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were lucky to see them for one night only, but seeing the Northern Lights is truly magical, especially with Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon as the backdrop. Jokulsarlon black beach is stunning too and glacier walking was amazing. Great photos opportunities, the striking contrast of the black sand and the blue ice at the beach, and the layers of black ashes and blue ice on the glacier.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristjan is an excellent guide. Landscapes are beautiful, but he also made me interested in the culture and the people. He's very knowledgeable, full of interesting stories, he made sure everything run smoothly and managed to avoid the crowd. He did his best for us to see the Northern Lights depending on the conditions and made various stops en route to take photos.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take lots of layers, I think we were lucky with the weather as it wasn't that cold, but it's better to have more, as it's safe to leave things in the bus. There was still a lot of snow on the ground. Seeing the Northern Lights is hit and miss, sometimes the forecast is promising but you don't see them, sometimes the forecast is not great but you see an amazing show. So when you do, be prepared to stay out late at night in the cold. Also, they can appear a bit dull to the naked eye, they look more greyish than vivid green, but you can still see the strands and the flares and don't get me wrong it's absolutely fantastic. But I would advise to have a DSRL camera with a fast lens (at least F2.8) and a tripod, then with the correct settings, Kristjan will help you, but usually ISO 800, F2.8 at 15 seconds, and the colours will pop on your photos. I truly recommend renting a camera and/or a lens if you don't.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I know it's called 'Northern Lights Iceland' but don't expect to see them, and if you do, it will be a real bonus. This trip has enough activities and stunning landscapes to keep you busy all day and being an amazing trip on its own. Just go, either way, you won't be disappointed. If you want to visit Reykjavik, go a day or 1/2 day earlier. The city center is small enough to walk around, feeling very safe, everyone is friendly and speaks English, with a nice 'arty' atmosphere.

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    A packed itinerary that gives you the opportunity to experience a lot that this fantastic country has to offer. Stunning scenery and a fantastic guide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The amazing glaciers and ice on the beach - very difficult to describe if you haven't seen it. Breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristjan was absolutely brilliant from the moment we met him at the airport. He's so passionate and knowledgeable about his country that I've learnt loads about Icelandic culture, geology and history. Nothing is too much trouble for him. Thank you so much!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take LOTS of thermal layers you'll never have enough! You can get soaked at the waterfalls so waterproofs are a must. I could've done with something to cover my face as the windchill is painful without it (especially when it's raining/snowing at the same time). There are a few long drives as other reviews mention but there are many stops to break it up and Kristjan made sure we had lots of opportunities to take photos of the stunning landscape.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My first (and definitely not last) Exodus trip - I was a little apprehensive about it but I needn't have worried. Will definitely like to return in the summer.  The only slight negative is that we didn't spend much time in Reykjavic itself - would be good to have the opportunity to do a day tour of the city. 

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    A brilliant trip! Would love to visit Iceland again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were really lucky to see the Northern Lights on our first night. Wasn't the brightest night but still an experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip, particularly enjoyed the morning we got up early to watch the sunrise on the beach and the lagoon full of icebergs. The glacier walking was good fun, something I've not done before. Quite easy to get the hang of but coming back down was a little scary if you're not steady on your feet. Was really interesting going into the lava tube and learning about its formation and the Blue Lagoon is a must. Wish we had more time to spend there!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristjan is a brilliant group leader.  He looked after us really well and was incredibly informative about Iceland, its culture and history. He took us to some lovely restaurants, one which served some every tasty horse steaks. Felt we were in every good hands.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Layers are definitely the key and waterproof trousers.  It got pretty windy at some points and waterproof trousers were essential. Also the right socks, as I found my feet got very cold very quickly even though I was wearing 2 pairs of thermal socks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip didn't disappoint, loved that we had so much to do. Would of love to go back in the summer.

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    This was probably one of the best holidays that i have been on and a great taster for seeing what Iceland has to offer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Where do i begin? There were so many. Iceland is a fantastic place - stunning views of snow covered volcanoes; black sand beaches covered with 'diamonds' of  ice decorating the shore and waves crashing in over the Icebergs in the sea; lichen covered fields of lava that seem to go on forever; waterfalls that take your breath away; a truly stunning iceberg lagoon that i could have spent the whole day watching and a walk on a glacier - something i never thought i would experience.Of course the one big reason for going is to see the Northern Lights and i wasn't disappointed. To see them dancing across the sky is a view i will never forget - even if my own photos of the event didn't turn out too well.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur was brilliant and really made us all feel so welcome to a country that he obviously loves. His ' No Stress Bus' was well stocked with great snacks to keep us going on our trip in the south of the island. He helped make the trip so special.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of warm clothing and layer up to keep the chill out. Iceland can have all seasons in an hour let alone a day so be prepared. You'll need warm gloves for Northern Light watching unless you have ones that you can use your camera with. A good hat that will cover your ears is also very useful. I took both good walking boots for the day and insulated snow boots for the evening when you are standing around and not generating too much heat.  One thing i would recommend is if you are a photographer make sure you know exactly how to set up your camera for taking photos at night. There are some good YouTube videos that might help. It's an experience that you won't want to miss and being prepared will make sure you see the lights with your own eyes and not just through the lense of a camera all the time. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have been way as a solo traveller for last few years but never on an organised trip. This was my first time and although i wasn't at all worried , there was an element of apprehension of how everyone would get on. Why did i worry ?? The 'Icelandic Crew' were brilliant and we all got on very well from day 1. That's what helped to make the trip so special. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to get a taste of the country. It's definitely a place that i would like to re-visit and see more of. 

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    Iceland is an amazing country with some very dramatic scenery.  Although a short trip, we packed a lot into the time available.  Seeing the Northern Lights (as we did) is undoubtedly a bonus - but even if you don't get an Aurora sighting, the trip is still very worthwhile.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without doubt the glacier day.  We awoke to bright blue skies and sunshine.  The walk over the glacier was amazing.  Because of the excellent weather conditions, we were able to spend longer on the glacier than usual and also got a lot closer to the glacial lagoon.  Next stop was the glacial lagoon from "the tourist side", and then down to the beach to see the icebergs.  After an action-packed day, there was just time to pop into the small museum before a sustaining meal.  It was then off again in search of the Northern Lights, which we were fortunate to see.  A perfect end to a perfect day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour.  He was willing "to go the extra mile" to ensure that we got the most out of our relatively short trip.  He was full of interesting information and told us lots of tales - we even watched "The Deep" on the Iceland Air flight on the way home, after hearing his story about "a troll".

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take LOTS of warm clothing.  Practise with the manual settings on your camera before you go.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Four nights is quite a short time to spend in Iceland, although we packed an awful lot in - we were just beginning to get to know each other when it was time to go home!  If possible, try and tag some extra days on to the trip, either at the beginning or the end.  We spent three nights in Reykjavik at the beginning of the holiday (stayed in the Reykjavik Residence Hotel, which we can thoroughly recommend).  We were fortunate to see the Northern Lights on our very first night (on an organised tour from Reykjavik).  Unfortunately, we didn't get any photos as we were still getting to grips with the manual settings on the camera.  However, it meant that by the time we saw the Northern Lights with the Exodus group, we were much better prepared and got some good photos.

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    Wow, what can I say, it was brilliant!!! My first group holiday and I definately chose well.  Glacier trekking was awesome, we were lucky to have fantastic weather on this day, we also saw the iceberg lagoon and yes, later that evening we saw the Northern Lights too.  While in the East we stayed on a farm which was located in front of mountains and just in front of the ocean, a beautiful setting!  Petur the guide was great, incredibly knowledgeable about Iceland - past and present, we had all sorts of stories from him about the Vikings, he was a good laugh, oh and he has a very large box full of nibbles on the mini bus, this went down very well! :)  .  Caving was great too, but I was very nervous as I'm not good with small spaces, you didnt have to do the caving, but Petur reassured me and looked after me the whole time, definately worth doing! All together an excellent holiday, there's some travelling but lots of stops to see waterfalls and sites, oh and the food was good too, especially the trout at the farm, yummy.  The whole experience was that good that I'm planning my next holiday with Exodus already.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Glacier trekking, absolutely loved this, it was difficult to take in the views around you, it was like you were in a picture postcard, so peaceful and beautiful and very breathtaking.  Everytime you looked up (you had to concentrate where you were walking) you just simply said to yourself.....WOWWW!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant!  Looked after everyone, was fun and interesting too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take salopettes, it's not on the list of items to take, but you do need them, most people had them and were greatful for taking them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't hesitate, book it!

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    A fairly intense itinerary that enables you to see stunning scenery and magnificent waterfalls and if you are lucky, some fantastic northern lights.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the immense and beautiful Skogarfoss waterfall. The dramatic landscape is amazing. Just watching the amount of water pouring over the edge was so incredible. Hearing the noise and standing in the spray from the water was awesome. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on two nights. Worth going just to see the thousands of stars as well. So pretty. A trip to the blue lagoon was a relaxing end to the holiday.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur was well organised and was able to tell us a lot about the geography, geology and cultural history of Iceland.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take enough warm clothing as night viewing was extremely cold. We wore ski gear and thermals at night. Practice your night photography before the journey as trying to familiarise yourself with manual settings is not ideal in the dark whilst trying to watch the Northern Lights.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    An excellent short trip to Iceland, made unforgettable by being fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights only a few hours after arrival.  But sorry not to have had a few hours available to explore the heart of Reykjavik which looked both interesting and charming. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Undoubtably seeing the Northern Lights.  We were so fortunate, as they appeared only a few hours after we arrived, before we'd even had chance to check-in to our hotel.     

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good.  With a pretty good command of English, and a decent sense of humour.  Knowledgable and good company when relaxing over dinner in the evening.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm clothing - lots of it as you may well end up spending a long time standing about in the middle of the night waiting and wanting to see the Lights.  Knowing that as soon as you decide to give up because you are too cold they will probably appear.  Thermal socks, thermal gloves, a thermal hat and thermal underwear (despite being about as sexy as a cold shower) are essential.  And a good pair of boots.  Also, learn how to use your camera in the pitch darkness whilst wearing gloves to enable you to take night-time photos.  Tip - wear an inner pair of light woolen gloves inside your thermal gloves, so that when you take your outergloves off to fiddle with your camera your fingers don't freeze.  Alternatively, ask one of your travelling companions - the one with the expensive camera, tripod and all the kit - to emal his/her photos to you when you get back home.  A couple of beers / glasses of wine will probably be sufficient to complete the deal.  Then just enjoy. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be the envy of your friends - catch the Lights while you can.  

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    This was an amazing trip - Iceland proved to be a very interesting and beautiful country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking on the glacier definitely, closely followed by the lava cave and seeing the Northern Lights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristjian was great, very knowledgeable and passionate about his country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is well worth doing, even if you are not lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.  Be prepared for any weather.  Gerdi guesthouse was comfortable and catered well for vegetarians, but if you are eating out, Iceland is not particularly veggie-friendly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fab-u-lous daaarling!

  • 8

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    Overall a fabulous trip - expect alot of time travelling (hazard of the desire to go further afield than just the usual 'Golden Circle' combined with ever changing weather conditions), but then you get to see some incredibly beautiful sights.When you come home and think about all the wonderful lasting images you have seen and things you have done you will wonder how it all fitted into 5 days!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Viewing photos of stars taken in the pitch black - we had never taken time delay shots at night before so seeing amazing images of the glacial lagoons and the milky way was nothing short of astonishing, (with a hint of the Northern Lights thrown in that was tricky to see with the naked eye, fab results!). We found our fellow exodus-explorers all really helpful with hints & tips on night-time and low light photography, all much appreciated!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic. Kristjan is a man than can do everything. Tour leader, crampon wielding, bus driving, (& what driving conditions! Ice, ice ice, snow storms ...!), biscuit supplying, magic lunch producer, hot drinks maker, lava caving instructor, information souce, photography improvised genius. Is there nothing this man can not do? Friendly, knowledgeable and never seems to need sleep. Kristjan deserves a gold medal for energy and improvisation! Kristjan is just the nicest and enthusiastically most sincere and generous person you could ever hope to meet.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't over pack evening gear. This trip is all about getting out there and cramming in as much as you can. You do cover big distances so have long periods of time travelling on the bus but the scenery changes every few K's so you just dont tire of the incredible scenery. Take a tripod if you're into photography and a small low level light torch so you can see where your gear/shutter release is!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If in any doubt about this trip DO IT! We felt as though we were away for significantly more than 5 days, we came back exhausted but brimming with excitement over some of the memories and great shots which are incredibly difficult to edit down to a sensible number. Kind of says it all.

  • 10

    Incredible first taste of Iceland

    After a 4 hour flight delay and miserable weather the first morning, our luck changed and we had glorious sunny weather for the rest of the trip which showed a wintry Iceland off in all its glory. Although the trip is short, a lot is packed in and we did and saw more than I'd anticipated. The scenery really was stunning and I would love to go back in summer to explore further. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip to others, although I think the weather can have a really big impact on how enjoyable it will be.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The northern lights appearing for us on our last evening in Reykjavik, and Day 3 of the tour when we visited the glacial lagoon and diamond beach then donned crampons for hiking the glacier.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gudni was fantastic and looked after our group very well. He was very calm and personable and provided lots of interesting information about the country as we drove around. It was the first trip where I've seen the guide also do the driving, but with the help of his Madonna-style headset microphone it worked perfectly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Clothing: We were extremely lucky with the weather, but I would definitely recommend lots of layers, and a scarf/buff/balaclava to protect your face is essential. I took both walking boots and snow boots but didn't wear the snow boots at all. They provide you with chains for your boots (which we found to be essential) and you need walking boots really to use them. You also need walking boots to fit the crampons for the glacier hike. I used a Peruvian-style hat with ear flaps for most of the trip, but you also need a beanie-style hat (no bobble) for the two occasions where you need to wear a helmet. Waterproof trousers and coat are essential as you may get wet in the cave and from waterfall spray, even if it’s not raining (a lens cleaning cloth for your camera is also useful as you’ll end up with lots of droplets on it near the waterfalls). I’d also highly recommend two pairs of gloves – the thin inner pair will protect your hands when taking photos. Other equipment: I took a flask but didn't use it. There was a kettle in the room at Hotel Laki, but not in Reykjavik. You can easily fill up a bottle with drinking water throughout the trip. It may sound strange, but sun cream may be useful, especially if you go later in the season; it had clouded over a bit by the time we did the glacier walk, but otherwise there would have been a fair bit of exposure and reflection from the sun. Northern Lights: We were extremely lucky and saw a great display on the last night. However, be prepared to be flexible and keep extra layers on the bus with you just in case. We headed straight from the day's activities for dinner with the intention of then checking in to the hotel and getting extra layers on etc before heading out into the countryside (away from light pollution) as the forecast was looking good. However, the lights had other ideas and appeared for an hour at 8.30 pm, just as we were finishing dinner. We all piled into the bus and headed 10 minutes to a peninsula near the harbour in Reykjavik. So whilst we didn't get to see them against dark skies, we did avoid a long drive and hours of standing outside in the cold, and were back at the hotel by 10 in time to head out to a bar. A friend who went on the trip in January had a 2 hour drive each way to find them on the last night and got back to the hotel at 3 am! When you are at Hotel Laki, if you hear people moving about in the middle of the night and doors going, don’t lie in bed wondering why people were being noisy like I did; it probably means somebody has spotted the lights, so throw your warm clothes on and get up to the viewing area on the roof! I only have a compact camera (Panasonic Lumix TZ30) but managed to get some reasonable photos after doing a bit of research online before I went. I used the manual mode with F3.3, ISO 800, a 15 second exposure, and self timer to avoid camera shake. The key was having a mini tripod with me (that allows you to angle the camera upwards) – even though it’s small enough to fit in my pocket and I looked a bit silly next to everybody with their proper gear, it worked perfectly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotels were both clean, warm and comfortable and the food in Hotel Laki was great – a buffet of salads, pasta, meat, fish and vegetables with lots of choice. The only thing we didn't manage to fit in from the itinerary was the baths in Reykjavik, but that didn't really matter as we were going to the Blue Lagoon the next day.

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    One of the best ever short holidays! With every type of weather imaginable to contend with our guides Paul and Christian found us some of the best photographic opportunities on this wonderful island including the northern lights on two of the four nights. What more could you ask! 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the sun rise on the glacial logoon Watching the northern lights in freezing temperatures dance above our heads Taking photos of the sea breaking over ice-bergs on the beeach and getting thoroughly soaked by seawater because Paul showed us how to capture the waves at their optimum!     

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul and Christian worked hard to ensure we found the best locations to see the northern lights. We are indebted to them. Paul was a 'no nonsense' leader and a highly capable photographer - just the man to lead this trip 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of spare, warm clothing!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Make it at least a day longer  

  • 8

    Northern Lights (and much, much more)

    A very enjoyable trip and a perfect introduction to Iceland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many highlights but, as you might expect, finally getting to see the Northern Lights (after two largely unsuccessful previous trips – one to Norway, and one to Sweden - to see them) was a big deal for me. And this was despite an abysmal forecast (“Aurora Activity=0”!) Our tour leader, David, somehow managed to magic them up from somewhere. Other than that, Gullfoss (waterfall) is particularly spectacular and photogenic and the crystal clear lumps of glacier ice on beach are beautiful and fascinating.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    David was very good. He worked very hard for us and, thanks to him, we took in a very full itinerary without ever feeling rushed or short-changed. I have no doubt we benefitted a great deal from his knowledge and experience of the country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t underestimate how cold it is/can be. Make sure you’ve got plenty of suitable clothing. If you’re (primarily) going on this trip in the hope of seeing and photographing the Northern Lights then make sure you know what you are doing and are very familiar with your camera’s controls (including how to operate it in the (near) dark). In order to take photographs of the Lights, you do, of course, need a camera that can take long exposures (typically 15-20 seconds) and a sturdy tripod. I would emphasise “sturdy” as it can be very windy and, especially, with long exposures, you need things to remain as still and stable as possible. And don’t forget to remove any and all filters from your camera lens before trying to photograph the Lights.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I made my own way to Iceland a few days before the start of the Exodus group holiday and, due to duff information on the Trip Notes, I wasted a few hours hanging around at the hotel waiting for the group to arrive when I could have been out exploring Reykjavik. This was, ultimately, attributable to (yet another) problem with the "new" Exodus website. Now, many, many months after its launch, there are still a lot of problems with the “new” website and these problems undermine my confidence in any and all information on there. The old website did look a bit dated and basic but it was reliable and fully functional!

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    An amazing 5 days capturing images of Iceland and the Northern Lights that we stay with me forever. Paul, Jon and Kristian worked hard so that we got the best that could be had.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching Paul get wet?  Walking on ice behind a waterfall (using crampons)?  Seeing the Northern Lights? Admiring the colours of the icebergs? Too many to mention!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul and the local guide Kristian worked hard studying weather and light acivity reports to make sure that whatever the weather conditions were we were doing the best activity. Paul was tireless in ensuring that all were getting what they wanted from the trip, whether that was good pictures, walking, sighseeing or just plain fun. he managed it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm waterproof clothes and shoes, a good camera and don't forget your tripod!  Also be prepared to wait for the Lights - they are not like Oxford Street and come on with a switch but they are so much better!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No, think I've said it all above!

  • 10

    ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

    Karen and I would like to say ‘a big thank you’ to you Paul, and Kristian for an amazing introduction to Iceland and its’ glorious scenery; the group friendliness; your professional expertise and organisation and the vast amount of knowledge we gained from our photographic experiences with the group.....     We only came to see the Northern Lights but you gave us a far better view through the camera lens – thank you again

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This was the first evening in the initial hour or so with the view of the Northern Lights over the Jokusarlon Lagoon to the glacier 2 kms away. Initially, we thought it was low lying mist but when the camera took an extended time exposure, the lights came out in glorious colour with amazing reflections on the lagoon. The second night was even better with 3 hours of viewing over a famous and beautiful waterfall. This was the night to remember with the lights in many configurations over the night sky. The camera captured it all in glorious colour. Brilliant!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul Goldstein has a brilliant personality, is very enthusiatic and a professional leader. The trip was arranged purely for the photographer to capture amazing images that make Iceland a beautifal country to visit. He had several followers in the group who had previously travelled with him to Africa and Antarica. We are photographically challenged but we learnt a volume of information from Paul and the rest of the group who helped us with camera settings to move away from our usual 'auto' settings.  Also should be mentioned is Kristian, who is the local Icelandic organiser. His photographic input and organisation of transport, accommodation and amazing meals was invaluable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip was all about the Northern Lights and capturing professional images that Iceland presented to us. Travel light with a good to reasonable camera and accessories and you will not be dissapointed with your results. I only had a Canon G12 and a tripod and captured great images, the more 'professional' girls and guys in the group took brilliant shots..... 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You might need some warm clothes and 'toasty' feet warmers and gloves.....

  • 10

    Northern Lights - almost

    I have no hesitation in deeming this to be an excellent tour. I wanted to see weird and wonderful landscapes. I also wanted to get a glimpse of what it was like for the population to live in such an unusual place. Both curiosities were satisfied.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is difficult to pick one moment as each setting is almost jolting. Perhaps the spot where the tectonic plates meet (where the settlers had their annual political talk-fest circa 1000 AD...yes they did!) particularly gripped me. Significant land and political movements in the one spot! Our group experienced it close to end of day so there were less crowds and tour leader gave us a taste of its significance.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Well Kristjan is simply remarkable. He makes tour guiding into an art. You get the information and a taste of the life (in this unusual place) via stories, working knowledge, wit and finely-tuned planning. He also had good antenna for group and individual dynamics.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't assume you will see the Northern Lights with the naked eye. I didn't; however, my fellow travellers vowed and declared they did! Best take a camera cause that's where they most show up; hang around, and don't be too disappointed if you don't see them. There is so much else that is intriguing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go there. But respect this small country that punches way above its weight. They are still recovering from the global financial crisis so our cost of being there has to take that into account.

  • 8

    iceland 4 nighttrip

    good varied program

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    seeing the northern lights on a beautiful clear night and then viewing a photo of same to really see the colours.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ibi was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    make sure you have warm, windproof clothes

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had expected better accommodation for the price of the holiday. Hotel Laki was very basic. Our group had the worst rooms. Should have had 3 course meals included in the price

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