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Mar012015

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Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik by Super Jeep

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The original tour was canceled because of weather. The only night we had available on our trip was already fully booked and the company was kind enough to book us with a different company on a similar tour. The lights are a natural phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed. We waited for a few hours with the aid of hot chocolate and option schnapps and as we were leaving the northern lights came out and we pulled over to watch them. It was a spectacular display. The staff was very friendly and helpful (both companies). They were even coaching people on the best camera settings to capture the northern lights

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  • Northern lights by Jeep in Iceland
  • Northern lights by Jeep in Iceland
  • Northern lights by Jeep in Iceland
  • Northern lights by Jeep in Iceland
  • Northern lights by Jeep in Iceland

Feb272015

Tour/Activity

Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The original booking was canceled due to weather. There was one night where it was supposed to be "the night" to see the northern lights and the company sent two boats out, one at the normal time of 9pm and an additional one at 11:30pm. The normal cruise was fully booked and we were the 11:30pm cruise. It was well worth it! The boat does provide warm suits if you get cold. We had layered up and did not need them, but most people did use them. The lights were fantastic and lasted for the entire time we were out on the boat including directly above our heads. There is a guide who gives information about the lights and where to look, but we had so many they weren't hard to find. There is also a lower deck with seats and drinks for purchase if you need a rest.

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  • Northern Lights Cruise Iceland
  • Northern Lights Cruise Iceland
  • Northern Lights Cruise Iceland
  • Northern Lights Cruise Iceland
  • Northern Lights Cruise Iceland

Feb272015

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Lava Caving at Leidarendi with Transport from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We did this tour the day we landed. It's a good way to fight jet lag! Very knowledgeable guide (Oskar?), the cave is a bit slippery but worth going into. It is a lava tube so the stalagmites and stalactites are smaller than in a typical cave, but at least during the winter there are some nice ice stalactites and stalagmites which are very pretty. It was lower in height than I expected. I have been in lava caves in the Galapagos which were huge and easy to stand up in, this one requires crouching and crawling, but is worth it.

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  • Leidarendi Lava Cave
  • Leidarendi Lava Cave
  • Leidarendi Lava Cave
  • Leidarendi Lava Cave
  • Leidarendi Lava Cave

Jan192015

Tour/Activity

Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

If you are visiting Madrid and have a free day this is worth doing. If you have never been to Madrid before I would recommend spending the time exploring Madrid instead. They are both picturesque small villages with interesting cathedrals. the highlight is the aqueduct in Segovia and the panoramic view of Avila with the wall in full view. Some of the free time was almost too much. The villages are small and we found ourselves congregating and waiting. I would recommend not doing the optional lunch. The food was OK, but i found myself wishing I had been able to locate a restaurant on my own. I was traveling by myself and it was a little awkward to have to share a small table with a couple who did not speak any English during lunch.

Jan182015

Tour/Activity

Madrid Tapas and Wine-Tasting Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Nice walking tour. We went to several bars including local and traditional places. The wines were excellent and we were given a choice of what we would like to drink at each place (red, white, etc.). The tapas were not repeated at each bar giving us a range of what is offered in Madrid. Our guide Ismael was very good. I would recommend this tour for an intro to tapas and wines in Madrid.

Oct132010

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Middle of the World Monument from Quito

Quito, Ecuador

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Excellent guide! and excellent driver! The monument is well, mainly a photo op. but hey you have to go right? There are some odd but interesting displays by the monument including an insectarium and a small collection of pottery depicting the path of the sun. Don't forget to try the local ice cream on the way out. It is worth it! I would recommend spending the 3 dollars for the museum at the actual GPS equator, get past the decor and just experience it. The experiments on the actual equator line is the real draw including balancing an egg on a nail, trying to walk the equator without loosing your balance (it's harder than it sounds) and watching water go straight down a drain with no spin. The caldera near by offers spectacular views and is well worth stopping at. This offers the best scenery of the area and was my favorite stop.

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