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Land Of Ice & FireScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
(10 out of 10)


I could not have hoped for a better introduction to tour holidays. The whole tour was well planned with truly memorable sights everyday. Icebergs in the waves on a black sand beach was just one of the many highlights for me.
The cheerful friendliness and the obvious passion and enthusiasm for his country of our guide Gusti, with his extensive knowledge, which included the history and politics of the country, lifted the whole experience out of the ordinary. His ability to read the weather and adjust the itinerary accordingly meant we rarely got wet despite somewhat indifferent weather.
Having been introduced to Iceland I now wish to go back and would not hesitate to tour with Explore again.
Confirmed traveller: 03 July 2016
Published on: 11 July 2016
(10 out of 10)


such and interesting country. Gusti, our guide was fabulous,he worked around the weather and the interests and abilities of the group. The worst hotel was The Cabin the Reykjavik, the rooms were too small and it was soul less. The best hotel Hraunsnet Sveitahotal, also the best dinner and breakfast. Take layers as the weather is constantly changing
Confirmed traveller: 03 July 2016
Published on: 06 July 2016
(8 out of 10)


The trip was excellent and I'd definitely recommend it to friends. Accommodation was fine, although trip notes could make it clearer that most nights involve shared facilities. My one criticism of the itinerary is that more time should be allowed for at the location with boiling mud pools near Lake Myvatn.
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2016
Published on: 27 June 2016
(8 out of 10)


The tour covered a lot of the island and so was a good overview. We got lots of walking and hiking in which was one of the things we wanted to do. The accommodation was disappointing in that ,outside of Reykjavik, our rooms were very small and we had to share facilities. However I understand accommodation is expensive and there is not much to choose from outside Reykjavik. It was all very clean and food and staff were very good.
Iceland has raw beautiful scenery and lived upto all that I expected. I appreciated the frequent stops to get out of the bus and see/visit something to help with the longer drives. Our guide was great with a good sense of humour and command of the English language. My main comment is that it would have been better if she gave us more info on history/culture etc of Iceland as we drove around.
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2016
Published on: 25 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Stunning scenery made complete by Gusti our knowledgable leader, who with his witty and informative style opened up the Icelandic way of life and made us want to return at different seasons. I was never bored by a new waterfall everyday. They were truly individual. This tour encapsulates the variety of Iceland in 9 days. Anything shorter just wouldn't do it justice.
Confirmed traveller: 29 May 2016
Published on: 18 June 2016
(8 out of 10)


Hong Kong
Wish the itinerary would include the West Fjords and Bird Cliff. Also, an extension to Greenland and Faroe Island.
Confirmed traveller: 12 June 2016
Published on: 16 June 2016
(9 out of 10)


This trip itinerary hit all the highlights and the accommodation was very good. Gusti our tour leader was outstanding. His knowledge of the sites and history, his good humor and his personal stories about many of the areas are what made the trip so wonderful. Anticipating a forecast of very high winds for the next day he made sure that we fit in most of what was to come the prior day. Then, he came up with several walks to accommodate the day, on the fly, that were beautiful and still kept us outside the coach and active. All in all it was a great trip. As a note, someone said that they heard Explore may rethink including dinner in the itinerary. I think this would be a big mistake since it would make the trip much more expensive and since in some places there really isn't any other alternative other than eating in the guesthouse.
Confirmed traveller: 29 May 2016
Published on: 08 June 2016
(8 out of 10)


Lytham St Annes
A very interesting tour with an excellent guide (Gusti). Lots of highlights including the Golden Circle, the Secret Lagoon, walking on a glacier, icebergs in Jokulsarlon lagoon, Lake Myvatn and many beautiful waterfalls and mountains.
Overall the accommodation was good but the Stracta and the Cabin on the 1st night had very small rooms. All hotels were very helpful regarding my lactose allergy and I can't thank Gusti enough for helping with that. The food was excellent. The journey from Hotel Geirland on Day 5 entailed a very long drive. Even though this hotel was great and set in a lovely peaceful valley, a hotel further east would have been better than a 2nd night here.
Bring lots of layers (from t-shirts to a thick jacket) as the weather is very changeable - we had both warm sunshine and a howling gale (end of May). The Icelandic people are very friendly and have a great sense of humour. Overall a highly recommended tour - we will definitely be returning to Iceland.
Confirmed traveller: 29 May 2016
Published on: 04 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
Whilst not for those wanting more challenging activity this is a comprehensive moderately paced tour of Iceland suitable for those wishing to see stunning scenery and experience the sheer force of nature in this amazing country. I can't pick a particular highlight as the whole experience was superb and certainly exceeded all expectations.
I have been on many Explore trips and had great admiration for each tour leader but have to say that in my opinion they don't come any better than Gusti. Passionate about his country, incredibly eager to share his huge knowledge he worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone enjoyed every minute of the trip - and we did. With his endless stories, huge laugh and little added extras to the itinerary which were over and above the call of duty Gusti made this trip absolutely memorable for me. I do hope Explore recognise his contribution!
My only critisism is that the morning drive from our hotel to the glacier then retracing our steps back to the hotel that evening only to drive back past the glacier the next day must have put at least 2 unecessary hours onto the driving time. Given the choice between the extra driving and staying in the same hotel for 2 nights I would vote for only staying one night.
The glacier walk itself was a fun experience but only a simple introduction so don't expect extreme sport! Unfortunately our guide preferred stopping to chat about his family to leading our walk on the glacier so such a lot of wasted time - this was a low point for me considering the cost and that I had expected it to be a more memorable experience for all the right reasons. Not an Explore issue but worthy of note I think.
So a wonderful trip - don't just think about it, do it!
Confirmed traveller: 29 May 2016
Published on: 04 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Hebden Bridge
An excellent, comprehensive introduction to the fantastic landscapes, people and features of this fascinating country.
Good accommodation, food, transport and guiding.
A shorter tour wouldn't do Iceland justice, and I shall be returning!
Confirmed traveller: 15 May 2016
Published on: 18 May 2016