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Aug252012

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Viking Horse-Riding Tour and Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We loved the horseback riding but it was definitely different from what we were accustomed to in the US. Even though the Icelandic horses are smaller, there was no stepstool to get on the horse - and they made you get off the horse mid way, so the horse had a break (not easy to do if you are short).....also this was more like riding English style than Western which is typically what novices are assigned in US. Our group was about half first time riders and half more experienced riders. That being said this ride had way more fast trots that one is used to when you don't ride oftem. It can be a little intimidating to new riders, but I do have to say the horses were incredibly calm and stable and I never felt there would be issues. Just know that you will go up/down hills - through a few streams/rivers and steep embankments - the horses are stable, but if you don't ride often might be a little scary. The owners of the stable are great and help you get all the gear on (they provide jackets, boots, hats, rain pants, gloves, scarfs, etc..). Blue Lagoon was heaven ......and much appreciated after the horse ride. I am always sore after riding since I don't do often, but not this time. Know that the Blue Lagoon part is only the bus ride to/from - doesn't include your entry fee. Treat yourself to the spa package which includes lunch buffet! If you love sushi, herring, fish, lamb - you will enjoy! Dressing rooms are typical European - no changing rooms, be ready for that. If you have time (and money) get one of the in water massages, I have never had such a relaxing massage.

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Aug242012

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Thorsmork and South Coast Day Trip from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was another great day trip from Reykjavik - long day but we loved it! You'll stop at grocery store for lunch supplies, so if you want something special get the day before in town. First we had nice hike into Thorsmork Park and then we had picnic lunch and then some more exploring. You are on your own for a decent amount of time so keep track of yourself and be sure to be back to bus on time. We blew almost 30 minutes waiting for someone who was sketching by a creek and had no idea what time it was. The hike into the gorge was wonderful but REALLY challenging to get over the moving water in a few places! Be sure you have hiking boots and if you are not good on your feet, just wait for the group to come back. The waterfalls you can walk behind were spectacular but the walk down the muddy trail was a little too scary for me on a rainy day. I turned around and came back the way I went in. Our tour guide was top notch (as was in most of our tours)....long day and big group on bus, but well worth it!

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Aug232012

Tour/Activity

Reykjavik City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This is an okay tour........not a big city so takes around an hour if you stay on bus. We did later in week so by then we knew most of the city - suggest you do when first arriving. A Lot of the headphone jacks on bus don't work - so you may need to move seats until you find one that works. Not a lot of stops you would want to get off at though (bus station, cruise ship port, mall)....

Aug222012

Tour/Activity

Landmannalauger Day Trip from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We loved this day trip........got to go hiking a little and have picnic lunch. You would swear you were on the moon. Then to top it off we hit the natural hot springs before our trip home. Be sure to bring bathing suit and hiking boots for this day trip. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip even though it was a long day! Our guide, Linda, was the best! She explained everything about what we were seeing and the history behind it. Only thing you should know is the bus goes over really rough roads (if you can even call them that).......so be prepared for very very bumpy ride for quite some time.

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Aug212012

Tour/Activity

Whale Safari and Sea Bird Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

We may not be the best people to review this tour as we have done whale watching before in Maine. That being said this was disappointing because we saw very few whales (and certainly none of the huge ones in the brochures). The boat doesn't even go out far in ocean - you can always see surrounding land and there are quite a few boats around you at all times. Nice if you have never done whale tour before, but if you have and have seen whales - this is one you can skip.

Aug202012

Tour/Activity

Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a nice and easy trip for evening. However, we took on August 20th which was the last night of the season it was being offerred. As such it was really too dark by the time we got to the Geysir (final stop). While we did get to see the geysir blow several times, it was disappointing that it was so dark and we didn't get any good pix. Thingvellir was great and Gullfoss was spectacular. If doing late summer, skip the evening trip and do during the day.

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Aug192012

Tour/Activity

Iceland from Below Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This turned out to be one of our favorite tours during our recent stay! However, everyone should be fully aware of what this entails. We read other reviews and thought there would be a LITTLE crawling on all fours........but there was A LOT! In fact bring knee pads if you have them. It was very dark and wet and part of what we liked is that we were scared we wouldn't make it through the small crawl spaces. But our tour guide was great and always encouraged us. This was definitely a "once in a lifetime" adventure.

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