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  • 10

    TSF 150801 - Iceland Fantastic !

    This was a super trip that didn't disappoint in any area. It did exactly what it said in the itinerary. The scenery was fantastic we had a mixed bunch of nationalities and ages, 3 in their 60's and everyone managed the walks. Weather! it was summer in Iceland for UKs this means Autumn / winter temperatures so 3 season sleeping bag and thermals on two nights, merino layers great during the day warmest 150 / 190 coldest 150+190+320 (others wore their tech tops and fleeces) one walk the weather came in and warm jackets came out, covered in light ice shower. Photos - fantastic picture postcards of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls. This is camping to be willing to wash up, need to put tents up and down in the rain - tents generally remained wet throughout but luckily rain was in the night or days when we were travelling. Food - plenty of food its surprising what can be cooked in two large pots on the camp burners. prepare to queue for showers - but iceland facilities were clean and plenty of HOT water. Scenery varied - lava fields, pretty towns, farmland, snow and puffins, bubbling sulphur landscape…..take advantage of the nature baths. Don't forget a warm jacket to sit around in the evenings…I did :-(….. despite the summer you will be walking across snow and streams make sure your boots are waterproofed…….sliding down the snow may be quicker than walking….! Our guide was a star.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery particularly the water falls. Standing on top of the glaciers

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Orri was super, we trusted him completely he knew the walks well and guided through some difficult weather conditions. Excellent cook and guitar player….he managed all the background arrangements without us noticing and was very informative about Iceland the places we passed and the treks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    3 season sleeping bag a must, Icelands summer is similar to UKs autumn / winter temperatures pack clothing for layers lightweight tech tops to fleece.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    we recharged phones in the bus, you have to pay at the campsites to recharge - usually overnight, remember technology can't be plugged into a tent !….cameras, phones, iPads……bring batteries or leave at home !

  • 10

    The Best Bits of Iceland

    The Walking Explorer tour is a perfect mix of activity and sightseeing - two nights in each of five campsites let you get a good feel for the area (and recover a little on the transfer days from the walking, which can be quite strenuous!)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A spectacular sunset over Lake Myvatn that seemed to last for hours...breaking through the low cloud on the day of the last walk in the central highlands to emerge into bright sunshine, and managing to reach the peak to enjoy spectacular views...the Arctic Char dinner that Gunnar cooked for us one evening - lots of inspirational moments!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gunnar was a great leader. A man of few, but well chosen words, with a good sense of humour and the ability to bring together 16 very different group members over the course of the holiday. Lots of entertaining stories about his homeland (watch out for those trolls in the mountains). He also struck the right balance between looking after the group and letting people do their own thing if they wanted to. Our driver, Michael, was also exceptional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even if you are not the greatest camping fan in the world (like me!) don't let the fact that this is a camping trip put you off. The tents are easy to put up and down once you get the hang of it, the campsites are generally pretty civilised, even if you do have to queue for a shower on occasion, and they are in spectacular locations. Plus, if you go in July, like we did, it never gets dark, which means that the usual scramble before dinner to get the tent sorted out, locate your head-torch etc is unnecessary. That makes a surprisingly big difference. It also makes the walking/ travelling more relaxed. You don't need to change much money into Icelandic Kronor, as you can pay for almost everything, almost everywhere, with a debit or credit card. The only thing we absolutely needed cash for was the showers at a couple of the campsites. Take good waterproofs!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really recommend this holiday.

  • 10

    Adrian

    An wonderful experience to be able to walk in this volcanic landscape the scenery is incredible with amazing contrasts of which I have never seen any where before. A photograph's paradice.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking around the volcanic lava fields, and the mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Leader Gunnar Bjorgvinsson was excellent, a mine of information regarding the history and geology of Iceland with an unflappable nature and a great cook too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go, to experience this awesome walking trip

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Keep this trip available.

  • 10

    Walking in Iceland

    This was my first organised group holiday so I was a bit anxious about it as I like organising holidays myself. However, I loved every second of it and will be going on an Exodus trip again. The trip was perfectly organised and the guide was incredible....nice, Icelandic, talkative, funny, excellent cook, and lots of stories about the history, folklore and geology of Iceland. I learnt so much on this trip. The trip also allowed space to be on your own if you so desired and there was no compulsion to be with the group at all time. Maybe I was lucky with the group, but they were all nice, down-to-earth people, mostly experienced walkers who were all there to enjoy the scenery and escape their usually busy lifestyles for a few weeks. I also liked this trip as all the walks were very varied. You have 5 big walking days and it varied from volcanic to glaciers to Alpine meadows to spooky, sulphuric mist walk. All excellent. It was one of my best holidays and will definitely go back to Iceland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The tops of the mountains we climbed. Stunning views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Incredible. Very knowledgeable about Iceland's history, geology and wildlife. He worked very hard, cooked excellent food and was never grumpy

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't do this trip if you want to continue camping by yourself where you have to do all the hard work like making coffee and food. This trip makes you very lazy, but I loved it. When you get up the coffee &amp; porridge is already made and when you come back tired from a trip all you have to do is relax while somebody else prepares some lovely food. It will be hard camping on my own again.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It took a long time to be able to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull

  • 10

    Outstanding trip!

    This was a wonderful holiday which way surpassed my expectations. We were probably lucky in that the weather was warm, dry &amp; clear most of the time &amp; we also had a harmonious group of interesting, sociable and considerate people. Exodus did an excellent job.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many special moments &amp; highlights. To name a few - the scenery which was different but always stunning every day, walking around the top of Eyafjallajokull and having a picnic lunch in one of it's craters, icebergs stranded on the beach at Jokulsarlon, the turquoise icy lake in the Dyrfjoll Mountains, fresh arctic char &amp; BBQ camping dinners.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristjan was exceptional in many ways - not only a cultured, interesting, amusing, experienced leader but also a captivating storyteller and excellent cook who was flexible to our wishes and provided many extras along the way. Our driver Thor was also a huge asset to our tour due to his sense of humour &amp; willingness to help out in many ways.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Add a night or two at the beginning or end as there is a lot to do in Reykjavik &amp; the surrounding area. Don't be fixated on dinner time! Days can be longer than expected so dinners were sometimes pretty late, but Kristjan always had biscuits to keep us going. The tents are quite small for 2 people &amp; bags. If you are travelling on your own &amp; sharing, might be a good idea to upgrade to a single for just the camping part if you can. Bring sun tan lotion. Even though temperatures are not high the sun can be very strong.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were 14 of us on our trip &amp; I am sure that everyone was very impressed. We had people of different abilities, some of us who although generally quite fit, do not trek very often but it all worked out. I didn't think anywhere was dangerous although you do have to concentrate &amp; watch your footing in some places. I can't see how anyone could not fail to be in love with Iceland after this trip.

  • 10

    Iceland Walking Explorer

    Iceland Walking Explorer is a trip full of adventure and interest. The walking, whilst quite tough, is at a pace to suit everyone, takes you into some stunning scenery in remote locations. There is also plenty of sightseeing in a country which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Camping is in good mountain tents and on beautiful sites with the necessary facilities. The food and cooking are excellent and if you go to bed on an empty stomach, it's your own fault. Icelandic weather is unpredictable, so expect beautiful days mixed in with some rain which rarely lasts the day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment of my trip was reaching the top of a volcano in the pouring rain to find a lovely hole in the ground blowing out warm sulphur smelling air. It was the perfect answer to preventing hypothermia, and I even got my gloves dry. Every mountain summit should have one.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Christian, the group leader is a thorough professional with good communication skills. His leadership in the mountains is excellent. In camp he works tirelessly to cook satisfying meals in difficult conditions, and the food is first rate. His knowledge of the Icelandic environment and culture is second to none. Acknowledgement must be made to our 'coach' driver Thor. He is a great guy who goes well beyond his call of duty to assist with the camping, to get you to remote locations safely, and to ensure that everyone on the trek has the best possible holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect full, varied, long days whether walking or travelling. Icelandic walking is no picnic. It is often remote and the weather can change quickly. Good quality personal walking equipment and footwear is essential. The weather can swing from warm and dry to cold and wet several times on a one day trek, so 'layer' your clothing. The sharp lava rock will sort out any equipment that is 'on its last legs', and it will eat the seat of your trousers if you don't have a sit mat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're thinking of planning a similar trip on your own forget it. This Exodus trip is excellent and you'd be very hard pushed either to replicate it or bring it in at the same cost -so go for it!

  • 10

    Iceland walking explorer trek

    This trek was just incredible. I have never seen so much beauty concentrated in such a small country... from the lava fields, to the icebergs on black sand, to the impressive waterfalls, craters, moon-like landscapes etc.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many, it is difficult to just name a few. Being at the top of Kritinartindar and taking in the amazing view on the glaciers; watching reflections of icebergs in in still glacier lagoon waters; in Bakkagerdi, admiring the full moon on a purple sky and at the same time a reddish sun set then rise on the sea (was worth staying up until 2 am!); witnessing how earth power is harvested efficiently into renewable energies; running down the Hverfjall crater.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pétur is a great guide and a very nice person. He made sure everyone could get out of the trip what they'd come for despite differences in personalities, fitness levels etc. (e.g. lengthened walks, shortened walks with bus ride, etc.). He is very passionate and it is great to be able to talk in depth about his country. Him and David (our driver) organised several wicked activities such as a few hours at the swimming-pool in Egilsstadir, evenings at the pub, bathing in remote hot springs, music sessions (singing and playing), tasting some incredible fish and stews, visit of the Lindarbakki turf house etc. They both have a great sense of humor!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were really lucky during our 2 weeks, as we only had sunny weather (and did get a tan!) with very little rain overall. however this was rather unusual for the season (and the country!) and therefore I would recommend you pack for heavy rain, wind and cold. Also, on this type of trek, expect the unexpected to happen so please just be open-minded, go with the flow and enjoy the adventure (for example at our last campsite, the terrain was not ready for tents so instead the owner let us use one of the cabins with bunk beds. It was like being at a holiday camp, very fun!). Otherwise, you should consider joining less adventurous and challenging holidays.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just enjoy and take it all in!

  • 10

    Beautiful, awe inspiring scenery

    Truly unforgettable experience of the beauty, ruggedness and awe inspiring scenery that Iceland has to offer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many great points, we ran out of superlatives to describe the amazing views. Skaftafell hike was great, getting to the peak and seeing the three glaciers. Standing on a hill at 1:30am with a full moon over mountains behind us and sunrise over the sea n front.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur was fantastic and happily shared his love of Iceland, explaining the history and information about each area. He sometimes had to keep the group moving on hiking days to ensure we got the best out of the holiday. We got to the top of Skaftafell hike with an amazing incredible view of the glaciers. Had time to take photos etc. and as we walked back down, we looked back and the whole hillside was covered in cloud. Its that experience of his country that made you feel safe and trust his instincts to get the most enjoyment out of the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just to be fully prepared for a range of weather and that you will be walking on a full range of ground types from well maintained trails to knee deep snow and everything in between. The guide is experienced and knows what is safe. There is 24hour daylight but you soon get used to sleeping without any darkness :-) sometimes its great as can get some beautiful sunset/sunrise shots between 11pm and 2am. Be prepared for long days of driving which is not too bad thanks to the wonderful views.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is a beautiful country and with a huge variety of things to see and experience. Often people say it is expensive but found most of the prices to be not too dissimilar to the alps.

  • 10

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    A great fun trip with a great balance of really interesting walks and exploring and sightseeing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't pick out a single moment - each walk was so interesting but also so different from each other.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great fun and a wry sense of humour. Made sure we did everything on the itinerary but tweaked, and added things to cater for our group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be happy and prepared for cold weather and to do the walks in rain and cloud - good waterproof jacket and trousers are a must have! I am 30 years old and have never used walking poles but could have done with a pole for this trip to help walk down the steep slippery and loose slopes, and when crossing sections of ice and snow.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is an expensive country to visit and my husband and i had been wanting to go for ages but putting it off due to the cost, but it was well worth it and i would really recommend that anyone in the same situation just goes for it - i promise you you won’t regret it!

  • 8

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    An exciting, challenging and informative trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The power of Dettifoss, the beauty of lake Myvatn and Bakkagerdi at midnight, my first ever walk on a glacier.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristian is an inspiring and informative teacher who gave me the confidence to do things I wouldn`t otherwise have attempted and whose knowledge of and pride in his homeland were exemplary. Excellent cook too....!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As others have said, general fitness and some experience of hillwalking proved to be basic requirements of this trip as it does involve some long ascending walks. Also some members were let down by their outdoor clothing. Make sure your kit really is waterproof and you have decent walking boots. ....And an open mind! Also the trip notes were a useful guide but plans did have to change because of the weather or the ability of the group.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were mountains, valleys, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, lupins, lava fields, waterfalls, puffins, aggressive arctic terns, trolls (!?), fjords and daylight galore. We got roasted, frozen, soaked, shaken, awestruck, fed like royalty, blizzarded (!), not much sleep, lowered 120 metres down into a volcano* and generally had a wonderful exciting time.   We toured the whole island. Each day was a long walk or long drive with walks in between, so we saw and experienced a good deal of the country.  We often had no idea what was coming next. The camping took me a little getting used to as I hadn`t camped in over 35 years (!) and the campsites were of variable quality but the group of 16 bonded well and everyone helped each other. The weather was varied but we did get warm sunshine as well as rain at sea level and of course snow further up in the mountains. The mountain and glacier treks were for me at first quite scary if I looked down but Kristian gave me the confidence to do things I wouldn`t otherwise think I could do, although some of the group were more experienced and quite happy in these conditions. The views were always spectacular. We would often not get back to camp till late then he would cook a lovely meal for us. He said Icelanders don`t sleep so much in the summer to make up for the long winter nights. Reykjavik is a lovely quirky city with lots to see and was not too expensive to go out in. In addition I enjoyed the company and support of professional photographer Sue Bishop who helped us all no matter what level of skill or camera we had. She was patient and always constructive in her comments.I would definitely recommend spectacular Iceland to anyone and this trip is the best way I could find to experience it.*PS, this excursion inside the volcano was booked separately from the trip and was done on the last free day. It was not offered by Exodus in the trip notes. 

  • 6

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    A beautiful country which I enjoyed exploring although things didn't always go to plan.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing puffins for the first time and spending ages observing their behaviour and photographing them. Seeing an artic fox being mobbed by terns then getting to cuddle a tame one who lives at the Inside the Volcano base camp. Geothermal nature baths at Myvatn. Endless glaciers, craters, steam vents, lava,geysirs and of course waterfalls.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristian is a top bloke. He had a very friendly and calm manner. Nothing was ever a bother. The weather didn't do him any favours and he was quick to make alternative plans when need be. He was an excellent cook who always made twice as much as needed and I'm struggling with not having 2 dinners every night now that I'm home! He knew everything about his home country and was pleased to share stories with us. The group had varying ability when it came to walking and he was keen to accommodate our differing needs. The look of fatherly pride on his face when he watched the group successfully dismantle the mess tent by ourselves made me giggle. I was lucky enough to have Sue Bishop on hand to advise on photography too. She is a lovely lady who was very approachable and gave lots of helpful tips to us all. There were varying levels of camera equipment in the group and she was keen to help everybody not just the SLR users and we all benefitted from having her with us.  Smari our driver was also great. He was always smiling and nothing was any trouble. I think he'd win an off road race no problem if the way he handled our bus on the dodgy roads was anything to go by.   

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A few previous reviewers have commented that they felt the walks were more then 'moderate'. We only got to do 1 very long walk as planned owing to weather and I certainly felt this was quite taxing, not from a fitness perspective but due to steep slopes and high, unstable ground. Scree and clay are crap to walk on. Snow fields were also pretty challenging and I felt that really we should have had crampons and ice axes at a couple of points. I agree with a previous reviewer about this being dangerous without appropriate equipment. We had all the seasons on this trip. I have been here in winter too and at times it was probably as cold. Takes loads of layers, thermal base layer and some wicking for over plus fleecy cosy stuff. I forgot my down jacket and regretted it when sitting around camp in the evening. Make sure you have a waterproof jacket that is actually waterproof! My North Face one was spectacularly rubbish (it went in the bin in Reykjavik) and the Icelandic brand 66 Degrees North did very well out of me!! Take proper above ankle walking boots not walking trainer type things. I did and had toasty dry feet the whole time but others suffered a bit especially in the snow. Some found walking poles helpful although I didn't take them myself. Midge net useful in Myvatn. Have swimsuit to hand at all times for springs. The campsites had variable facilities although all were situated perfectly for daywalks. Some had showers you paid for with 50 or 100 kr coins, generally 400-500 kr for 4-5 mins, others had unlimited hot water. Charging facilities were also variable as was hot water for doing dishes. I never thought I'd get so excited about a hand-drier but after being soaked to the skin one day on a puffin trip I spent some quality time bonding with one in Skaftafell National Park. Remember to claim your tax back on purchases, 15% VAT. 66 Degrees North had fab outdoor gear and Geysir had lovely knitwear. There is also endless puffin crap to buy.  Reykjavik is a very cool place, I'd love to go back for a weekend. They do a midnight sun half marathon and have loads of live music and interesting shops and cafes. Icelandair do regional departures and if arriving yourself, the flybus is a perfect way to get into town, they drop you off and collect you from your hotel. I had an extra day before the start and did a nice trip to the Snaefellsness peninsula with Iceland Excursions who run the flybus. I also did the 'Inside the Volcano' trip on the free day at the end which was fun. This books up in advance though so if you are keen, check it out beforehand and book it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had trouble with rain and snow on our trip, I think we were probably unlucky but if the weather we had truly reflects an Icelandic summer it might be worth reviewing the itinerary, as mentioned above we only did 1 long walk as planned. More information on length of walks in terms of time and distance and elevation gained would have been helpful. Kristian seemed to have a grading system based on how many sandwiches we'd need during the day! If it is torrential sideways rain reconsider doing the puffin trip to the headland, I have never been that cold, wet and miserable and to come back to a cold camp soaked through was crap. At least when I was here in winter we were in guesthouses so you could dry off a bit. 

  • 10

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    Iceland is unique as it is like no other country. We saw the unusual volcanic landscapes, natural features of waterfalls, hot pools, steam vents, glaciers and lakes. We learned both the natural history of the land and the history of the people. It was a trip of discovery with each day packed with new things.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The power and noise of the large waterfalls was expected. I did not expect the absolute quiet when we stopped for a rest in a green valley beside a stream. The usual rumble from distant traffic was not there, no aeroplanes, no people and not even any birds.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur Gunnarsson was very fit, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He was asked many questions and answered all of them. He also had a very good sense of humour. He worked hard preparing the meals when returning from taking us on long walks.I think that he enjoyed the trek even more than I did.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As Iceland is a unique country take lots of pictures. I took thermal clothing that was not needed in August. It was cold at night and on mountain tops but the temperature was what you would expect in Britain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    An excellent 2 weeks of walking and busing around spectacular Iceland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Iceland is amazing - our most used word was "wow" as we saw glaciers, lava fields, suplhurous mud pots, geothermal hot pools, amazing waterfalls, puffins (aaah!) - so much to be impressed by, and we were!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent!  Petur was an excellent walking guide and keen to share his knowledge on Iceland.  His relaxed approach worked well and his cooking was good too - always plenty of food.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take clothing for all weathers - for us, the high points were generally in cloud and so were wet, needing full waterproofs, but we also had some very hot weather where we needed sun cream.  Be aware that it may well be very windy too.. The walking is excellent, but don't expect Iceland to be easy and be prepared to walk in all types of terrain; steep climbs and descents, sometimes with loose scree, sometimes with snow all make excellent and memorable walks, but worth taking decent boots. All but one of the campsites had excellent showers with plenty of hot water (mostly for a small fee and on a timer)  All had charging facilities for camera batteries, phones etc again for a small fee.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A superb trip around Iceland that didn't disappoint.

  • 10

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    A thoroughly enjoyable trip with the right mix of sightseeing and decent walks in spectacular scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on top of a peak that didn't exist 2½ years ago (The Eyafjallajökull volcano that caused all the air travel disruption in 2010). The 360° views from the top of  Snækollur in the Kerlingerfjöll mountains after a hard climb up scree and snow slopes. Soaking in the hot pools at Mývatn until midnight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent knowledge of Iceland, and a great cook (both quality and quantity!). All 'problems' were sorted out quickly and efficiently with no quibbles.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Several of the walks were harder than the moderate rating would imply, but everything was optional and the walking days alternated with sightseeing days. Bring clothing suitable for all weathers. I was glad I'd invested in a new waterproof jacket, as it was properly tested, but equally, I also got sun burnt. The weather is very changeable. We crossed snow on a couple of the walks. The flies were not really a problem at Mývatn, but were rather annoying at Kerlingerfjöll. Not mentioned in the dossier - electricity for charging camera batteries etc was available at all campsites, but most charged 100-200ISK per item. Was free in Bakkagerði.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great itinerary, and a country that has now gone onto the 'must visit again' list.

  • 8

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    Amazing trip. Great walks from 6-10 hours. Enough resting time especially between two campsites. Great food. Excellent guide with a good knowledge of Iceland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking with always changing landscapes, glaciers, volcanos, lakes, waterfalls, coastal beaches, birdlife and optional whale watching.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent with overall good knowledge. Funny and very helpfull and an excellent cook.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for every kind of weather especially the cold and rain. Good hiking gear is essential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go for it. It is expenssif but it's wort every penny. I'll definitely go back to Iceland.

  • 6

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    An interesting mix from the inspiring to the hair raising.  Very weather dependent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are expecting a 'moderate' trek - don't go.  Some of the days at 9 hours walking and 1100m ascent on rough ground are harder than this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Walking on steep glaciers without proper equipment is dangerous.

  • 10

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    The most awesome, breathtaking, physically challenging holiday of my life...thus far!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Realizing that I was able to accomplish the physical challenges of this trip!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur was a good guide through and through. He was funny, interesting, EXTREMELY knowledgeable, courteous and respectful. He clearly loved Iceland and was excited to share his country with the rest of us. Though he and I did not necessarily 'jive" (I don't think he spoke more than 15 sentences to me in the entire two weeks), I did not let this bother me, as he performed his job as a guide for my trip acceptably.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Though Iceland Walking Explorer is rated "Moderate" by Exodus, I found the walking (and this was not walking - this was full on trekking!) to be much more than what I would considerate to be moderate, and in looking back on the itinerary feel that it slightly underemphasizes the difficulty of the trip. There were times we were lumbering up mountains with steep vertical ascents, without any trails to follow. BE PHYSICALLY PREPARED FOR SOME VERY TOUGH DAYS OF TREKKING, oftentimes between 6-8 hours per day. Bring WATERPROOF hiking boots and trekking poles (or walking sticks) are highly encouraged! Bring a headnet for the midges at the Lake, because those bugs are RELENTLESS!! -  With that said, the physical challenge of some of those days was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME and I would do it again without question.   The weather in Iceland can change dramatically - bring plenty of layers, waterproof trousers and jacket, gloves, fuzzy hat, sunglasses, etc. A warm sleeping bag is a must, even in the summer! Bring earplugs - you will be sharing a tent with someone for 10 days!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is an amazing country, which cannot be compared to any other, nor can it be described appropriately...you simply must go there to see and experience it for yourself. When I left Iceland after 15 days I felt a bit like I was leaving a part of me behind, and it is the one country that, when asked of me "Would you go back to any of the places you've visited?" I would choose. - It is a once in a lifetime, must-see locale, and I highly encourage anyone considering a trip to Iceland to consider Exodus's trip. I spent months looking for the "perfect" Iceland trip but everything I found was either too short in length or a sit-on-a-bus-and-stare-out-the-window trip. Iceland needs to be seen as it should be: wandering the landscape, enveloping yourself in its wilderness. Spending 10 days camping, and spending two weeks driving and hiking in four different, unique locations in Iceland, is the ONLY way to see this beautiful country and be able to return feeling confident that "I saw Iceland."

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