Trip Report for Iceland with Igot2travel June 12 to June 20:
This tour was awesome. We had a RS guide for Scotland 2018, James MacLetchie who started his own tour company after the pandemic. He is from the Outer Hebride. At the present time, he has a few tours. We wanted to do the Iceland tour. He has a tour guide friend who does his Iceland tours. These are small group tours, which I am at the present time, enjoying these small groups. We had another couple join us who was fantastic. We had several zoom meetings before the start of the tour. Hildur picked us up at the airport on June 13, then started our Icelandic adventures.
Our flights were pretty good, no bad issues. We left from Tulsa, OK, not many choices these days for Oklahoma travelers to get to Europe. We usually fly United. Our first leg was Tulsa to Chicago. The plane is generally a small "puddle jumper" as I call them. First row by the flight attendant crew. They always just have one flight attendent. This guy was hilarious and so nice. We visited with him during take-off and such. Told him this was our first European flight in three years since covid. He gave us a surprise..... he served us a mimosa to both of us for a welcome back to travelling!!
Hotels: Our hotel (2 nights) in Vestmannaeyjar(westman Island) at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar. Great location, rooms brillant, food fantastic. Clean. We ate first night in the restaurant. Had reindeer carpaccio & langoustine wrap, roasted rack of lamb, and chocolate ice cream ball. 2nd dinner night went to Restaurant Gott... had a appetizer (think more reindeer, blue cheese chunks, beets, sauce, main entree cod, potatoes, dessert ice cream, again delicious.
2nd hotel (two nights) was in Kirkjubaejarklauster at Hotel Klaustur for two nights. Dinner again at hotel and then one at restuarant in town at Systrakaffi. Hotel was again excellent. Dinner at hotel was green salad, lamb again (good but not as good at first hotel) apricot cheesecake. Dinner at Systrakaffi I had a hamburger and fries. Beef was awesome, husband had chip and chips.
3rd hotel (two nights) near Selfoss at Hotel Grimsborgir (a 4-star hotel).. it was fantastic!! They have 10 or so cottage buildings that have about 10 or so rooms in each building. Each building displays a flag of a European country outside. We had USA, HA! Each building had two hot tubs. Yes, it was great in the hottub! Dinner in Selfoss and one at the hotel. In Selfoss we ate at Tryggvaskali. We both had beef and shrimp skewers with pineapple jam, spicey soy, crispy potato salad. We all split a dessert (did not take picture, forgot what is was!).
Dinner at the hotel was large garden salad or mushroom soup, salmon, gelato
Lunches throughout trip were at various places....at a harbor cafe ---salad and soup. Ate at cafe at the black sand beach croissant sandwich, chips, wine. Lobster rolls at the glacier lagoon. Icelandic hotdog at at folk museum (not my favorite). Tomato farm that serves tomato soup and homemade bread. Oh my!! this is the best tomato soup I have ever had. I don't think I can ever go back to campbells soup!! Homemade olive bread! This was all you could eat. I overstuffed myself.! All our dinners were included and two lunches. All breakfasts were also included.... eggs, bread, fruits, meats, cheese, oatmeal, yogurt.... oh my.... you would never starve.
Again.... Every meal was perfectly cooked and served. Sooooo good.
The last night, our other couple had to leave a day early due to flight restrictions. We dropped them off at the airport, then we headed to Reykjavik for the hotel one night. We left the next morning to Glasgow on June 20. Hildur went back home, then came back for dinner with us which she took care of it. Then came back at 4 am in the morning to take us to the airport. She went above and beyond for all of us on this tour.
This is the 1st part; I will continue more on this thread late tonight.