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The landscape, the guide, the group, the overall experience was AMAZING
Will do it again as soon as I come back to Iceland
Me and my girlfriend took this tour in March and it was the highlight of the holiday other than seeing the Northern lights of course.
Simon was our guide, he was excellent. As someone who has experienced a lot of mountain guides, there are few better than Simon in my experience, he kept the tour moving at a comfortable pace for all the group while keeping safety as number one, he also took the time to explain features of the glacier and was clearly very passionate about what he was doing. A credit to the industry!
To add to his impressive repertoire as a tour guide, there was also a French couple on our tour, and fortunately for them they got Simon as a guide with his experience from working in France meant he spoke enough French to give instructions in both English and French.
When on the glacier there was chance to get used to wearing crampons and practised on a small ice incline. One thing that I would suggest if you are considering this tour at all is HIRE THE BOOTS.
I made the mistake of being the typical arrogant male, thinking my boots would be ok, but I can say that those with the boots found this bit easier, although it wasnt impossible for me to get up, you must be steadier than others due to the encumbrance of the softer boots. My girlfriend hired the boots and walked up like a mountain goat.
The walk on the glacier itself is no harder than the walking you do in England, the only difference really is that you have crampons on.
Once we had reached the climbing destination on the glacier, Simon went above and beyond other tour guides that were up on the glacier with us with regards to safety. He was the only guide that I saw that made a clear boundary that the group should stay behind unless on the rope climbing.
Further, he drove a second ice screw in for a partners/other members of the group to carabiner in its a little unnerving watching the other groups stood over a potentially 300ft moulin without anything stopping you from falling straight down onto to take photographs beyond the barrier safely.
Highly recommend this tour. Don't think there were any issues whatsoever. Lovely group of people and the tour guide was very knowledgeable.
My tour guide was amazing and so accommodating, and customized the tour for the group.
Really amazing excursion, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience! Our guide was very informative, understanding, and fun. He let us have breaks and moved at our pace. Book this tour!
This tour was amazing! Very cool - even though it rained the entire day for us! The tour guides went above and beyond and were awesome!!! This was a really great deal - moneywise. You definitely feel as though you got your money's worth and more. The views were breathtaking and getting to experience the ice climbing was a once and a lifetime experience for me. There is a lot of walking - be prepared!
One of my favorite and memorable days. Definitely a must if you're headed to Iceland. I felt so safe and had a blast.
Jeannine C United States of ...
This was Amazing
This tour was amazing. Our guide Röggi is the best guide ever. We got 2 freebie stops (seljalandsfoss and skogafoss)! The activity itself was fun. The ice climbing looked daunting at first but every single person in our group went and reached the top.
This was the best part of our trip to Iceland! Amazing views, such a lovely guide - Alberto was thorough and so lovely to have as a guide! And all the other guides we met were just as lovely. Truly worth every penny. You don't need to have any experience in ice climbing - Alberto put us all at ease and made sure we had fun and learned lots about the glacier and his job there. Can't recommend this tour and especially Alberto enough! :D
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