The team at Iceland Encounter put together a perfect itinerary for our family of four - on two weeks' notice! Omar guided us through the wonders of the frozen countryside and caused us to fall hopelessly in love with this country. We saw remote areas only accessible via a 4X4, we could adjust our planned itinerary when we wanted, and the two photographers in the family had the chance to linger to get the perfect shot. We were sad to leave after a week, but we'll be back. Janet D., January 2016
We had a wonderful week in your country! We saw everything we’d hoped to see, and things we hadn’t even known existed. A great deal of the wonderfulness we owe to Thorey. We couldn’t have asked for a more delightful, knowledgable, interesting, friendly and competent guide. We will recommend Iceland Encounter and Thorey to anyone we know who’s planning a visit to Iceland. Also, we were very happy with your restaurant recommendations and other tips--and the champagne and goodies awaiting us at the last hotel was a delightful and most welcome surprise. Thank you! Don and Paulina S., October 2015
OMG - wonderful, fantastic - words do not describe!!! This was an excellent trip and thank you so much for putting it together for us. Liza G., August 2015
Our Iceland adventure was amazing. The itinerary was exceptional and although it would have been great to have an extra day here we had three action packed days. The guide, Stefan was outstanding and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The country hotel was incredible and the mountain guide who took us up the glacier was one of the most interesting people I had ever met. The transport to/from the airport went well. Having the day free before we started definitely worked for us as we were able to see a bit of the capital at our own pace.
Hayes family, August 2015
We just finished our first week and wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed touring with Egill. We have traveled as a family all over the world and have never had a more enjoyable relationship with a guide. Egill is knowledgeable, interesting and friendly. It was like traveling with an additional family member.
Eric D., August 2015
We just returned from a fun adventure in Iceland. Many thanks to Rosa and Kristjan, for organizing, and re-organizing our itinerary. As a storm was to roll in, Kristjan made sure we fulfilled our goal to see as many of the sites and sounds as possible. We not only went to waterfalls, but we went inside and over as well! Great local stops for fresh tomato soup, fresh fish and fine dining. The 'super jeep' helped us travel through ice and winds, and we even got a glimpse of the Northern Lights!
Holley and Phil M., February 2015
The Forts raved about their trip! They felt that having a private tour and guide was definitely worth the extra cost, which wasn’t that much. They got so much more information and enjoyment. The flexibility was great also, especially when they ran into weather issues. They ended up loving the western part of Iceland the most!
Carrie M., Virtuoso travel advisor, February 2015
It was amaaaazzing! Best vacation EVER! Thank you so much for everything! You did an awesome job! Our tour guide gets 5 stars!
Hannah H., May 2015
Thank you for the most amazing week in Iceland. My only regret was not having my other two children with us. Our days were fabulous and coming home to cars and traffic was a little bit of a culture shock, even when gone only 6 days. Elizabeth and I went to our little beach nearby to watch the sunset, but not quite the same, to say the least when think about sunset at Hotel Ranga.
Betsy S., August 2015
Our Iceland trip was both epic and magical. Our guide Kristjan was tremendous - the best guide we've ever had on any of our trips, and a truly special person.
Ken F., June 2015
I wanted to say thank you for organizing an amazing itinerary for our company trip to Iceland. You exceeded our expectations at every level. The events, the restaurant and food choices, were perfect.
Darren E., May 2015
A very big thank you for organising our fantastic stay in your beautiful country. Kristjan was an excellent guide and everything went as well as could be expected making for a very relaxed enjoyable time for us all. Thank you also for Andy's complimentary birthday dinner in Reykjavik. We enjoyed the food and restaurant so much that we returned for our last night! We will cherish very happy memories in Iceland.
The Watson family, December 2014
Every step of it was perfect! We loved our guide, Thor; our itinerary was interesting and diverse; we DID get a wonderful evening of northern lights; and your city's New Year's eve celebration was simply AMAZING!! I am not sure any other future New Year's party will compare.
The Morrison family, December 2014
It is difficult to avoid superlatives when reviewing Icelandic Encounters. Everything of course went smoothly, but that is only what one can expect. There were so many extras above and beyond the "smoothly". KristÍn had noted my interest in the Icelandic sagas, and attributed us a guide who is an expert in the field. A writer and a poet, Friđrik took us under his generous and hugely erudite wings, and put up cheerfully with eight solid days of our relentless questioning, at the same time ensuring our every comfort and humouring our every whim. Needless to say he has become a friend, and we look forward to our next meeting in or even out of Iceland.
Nick M., June 2013
We would not hesitate to give Iceland Encounter the highest marks! Our trip was the perfect combination of trekking and touring. We had a group of 22 New Yorkers ranging in age from 19-65. Erling knew exactly how to "manage" all of us. He worked terrifically well with us as we were planning our trip and designed a custom itinerary based on our requests--EXCEPT that he designed it in a way that far surpassed our expectations. Our trip was fun, informative and diverse. Every meal was fantastic (even on the trek), the hotels were top notch, and every detail attended. Iceland is a geographic and cultural marvel--and Erling brought it to life for us. All of us look forward to a return trip with Iceland Encounters!
Laura C., August 2011