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This tour was perfect! The six of us were all very comfortable and being picked up from our Air BnB was a treat. Jon was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and a pleasant fellow to spend the day with. We were extra surprised by the delightful lunch stop at the tomato greenhouse. Overall, this tour was one of our best days in Iceland!
There are tons of tours of the Golden Circle as it is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Of course this tour goes to all of the standard sites.
But there were a couple of things that set this tour apart.
First, as a private tour, rather than a group tour, we got to adapt the tour and what we learned about to our interests. Spend a little more time at one destination, skip through another. And we got to learn a ton about Iceland as we talked with our guide and asked about local towns, growing up in Iceland, and the history of Iceland.
Second, as a private tour, they are able to pick you up at your hotel or apartment. Having taken multiple group tours where you stand outside in the freezing cold at a bus stop waiting for 30-45 minutes for your bus to show up, boy was it nice to be able to just walk out our door and hop in the van.
Finally, this tour included the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot springs fed pool. I haven't been to the Blue Lagoon the more popular of the heated pools but the Secret Lagoon was very low key, not over populated with tourists, and all natural. It is surrounded by hot springs with their runoff flowing directly into the pool and keeping it warm.
Fridjon was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgable and friendly and enjoyable to be around.
The one suggestion I might have is if you are considering any Golden Circle tour, consider how the weather will impact it. Iceland was pretty cold when we were there between Christmas and New Years and it meant that at many of the stops, we ran out, took some pictures and ran back into the car. We weren't really able to hang out and enjoy the stops as it was too cold.
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