Extreme Iceland Tour: Part 1

I had many questions about the Extreme Iceland Two-Day Tour that I booked for June 2017. I wanted to know what to pack, what to wear, food choices, Internet service and more. Here I will share my experiences about the trip so that you will know what to expect if you go. Click here for all posts about Extreme Iceland.

If you know me you know I like to push the envelope a little, but not too much. For my first trip to Iceland I wanted to see the sights in the countryside, but didn’t want just your standard day trip that hit the major tourist attractions in the “Golden Circle.” So I went with Extreme Iceland for a two-day trip that included major attractions and beyond. The “beyond” included a hike on the Jokulsarlon Glacier and an amphibious boat ride in the Glacier Lagoon. The tour also visited Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the black sand beach near Vik, the village of Vik, and stops at a lava field and several other points of interest. Overnight we stayed at the Country Hotel GerĂ°i near Hofn (photo below).

My first question was were they even going to pick me up at the Klettur Hotel in Reykjavic. I had booked the tour several months before and hadn’t heard back from them since. The instructions were to be outside the hotel lobby between 9-9:15AM for the pickup, and sure enough at 9:15 the tour van pulled up. They had already picked up two other people. The front seat behind the driver was empty and I grabbed it which turned out to be a great decision. The big luggage went in the back. I kept my travel bag with cameras in the front with me.

Above: The Extreme Iceland Minibus

We weaved our way around Reykjavik to pick up the other people on the trip. There were twelve of us in all and we all fit comfortably inside the vehicle which was in between the size of a passenger van and a full tour bus. Among the passengers were two young guys from Hong Kong, a young lady from Taiwan, a young college student from Germany, two American girls in their twenties and two ladies from New Zealand. After the pickups, the driver/tour guide announced himself as Aron. He was a nice, muscular, young gentleman with a good command of the English language. He also turned out to be very knowledgeable about the island and answered questions expertly, including a random question about why, with all the lava on Iceland, there wasn’t more pumice on the island. Aron also talked expertly about such topics as Global Warming, Icelandic history, glaciers and geology.

Soon we were on our way, and after a restroom stop near the edge of Reykjavik, we were headed to our first destination, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (Part 2).

Above: Many Icelandic Horses were seen on the first part of the drive.