Jens truly made this tour the trip of a lifetime. From showing us all the local nature gems to the best restaurants and great accommodations that only a native would know.
Jens is born is raised in Iceland and is the owner of this company. His passion and encyclopedia like knowledge for Iceland makes this trip so great.
First of all, although I booked this through Intrepid he will no longer be containing with them after October 2017 so he can offer even better accommodations at an even better price (Intrepid takes big commission).
Of all the companies I was quoted by, Jens offers the best price even after Intrepid takes their commission. Next year he will be offering tours at around $2500 USD which includes 9 nights with private bathrooms (not to be taken for granted in the rural Iceland areas) as well as all dinners included. He is also a superb chef and may even cook his famous lamb fillet for you. To give you an idea, dinner is about $100 USD everywhere so all dinners included is a HUGE plus.
On to my review of the trip. We took a 10 day Ring Road tour around Iceland. However, it is really only 8 days of travel (2 days reserved for traveling and seeing Reykjavik).
From the first day to the last Jens showed us all the local gems and accompanied all the beautiful sights with stories and history just as interesting. We managed to see at least waterfall teach day (probably 100 total!!!) Not only that we saw glaciers, fjords, volcanoes, rock formations, and much much more.
Jens is a man of few words but his words count. He lets you take in the beautiful scenery and adds his words as to contextualize but not replace the actual sight. He allocated plenty of time for rests and photos and paces trips so that you are never in the van for more than 1 hour at a time. He thoughtfully answers all questions enthusiastically as well so ask away.
Jens also keeps the van crystal clean throughout the tour and even hoses it down after long hikes or bad weather so it is always comfortable and clean.
Iceland is a place that is full of hidden gems and fantastic restaurants and accommodations but you really need a local to show you around. Jens is that guy. I cannot even mention how many times Jens showed us the most breathtaking sights off the beaten path and away from all tourists. Years of experience is the only answer.
Thanks you Jens for the trip of a lifetime!
Fun travel is a must for anyone and I mean anyone traveling to Iceland. I am posting photos as well.
Mona & Adam
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