Watching a tour guide driving one handed across a 'dangerous' lava field in a 'Super Jeep' (basically a minibus with large tyres) while he was on a mobile phone for over 5 monutes...and this happened twice. We were led to believe that its an action packed day, and its not, far from it. I know the weather did not help, but neither did his being almost an hour late for pick up with no explanation until we asked for it. As a group we paid almost £2500 for this 'experience' and it was by far the worst value for money I have ever had on a similar style holiday.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
He was a lovely man, but he did not get the group to bond together at all. We had time when we first arrived at the Blue lagoon to get a coffee and get chatting, but we were all directed to just go and got on with the lagoon, and then we had time when we first arrived in Rekjavik to have tour around the city (its not that big), but no, they took us straight to the hotel. The table for the first night was booked at a canteen style thing next door, but with 2 vegetarians in the group that the 'restaurant' couldn't cater for, we splintered off straight away. It was a short trip but we were not encouraged to 'bond' and as 6 out of 16 were single travellers, its an essential part of the guide's role.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Go as a couple when you can guarentee the Northern Lights, and don't follow the crowd and do the ridiculously expensive 'Super Jeep' tour.
Do you have anything else to add?
I had high hopes for this trip, and yes the wet weather and the general warmer conditions at the moment played a part in making it less than I imagined, but I did not feel that we were being 'boosted' by either leader, and with a map and a hire car, we could have seen and done all that we had included with no less information. The Explore guide was derogatory about his home city, but keen to point out all the golf courses....never did he ask if anyone actually played golf!
I could add more, but 800 characters is not much!"
It's a sham.