Before working with Samantha and Jeremy I knew Samantha from her community involvement activities. She is very much an advocate for our city of Evansville, IN, human rights and the school where her husband works as a teacher.
Samantha mentioned to me that they had their flights booked to Iceland for the end of March, but had no further plans yet. I told her to contact me and I could help them put together tours in the area. Samantha and Jeremy are not “touristy” people. They, like many other travelers, want authentic experiences when they travel. And, they didn’t want to be on a time schedule. So, when I started working with my tour operator, Borton Overseas, it was with their personalities in mind that I picked out suggestions for their hotel and tours.
After a few weeks of back and forth the itinerary was set and they were excitedly waiting for their vacation to Iceland! Fortunately, I was friends with Samantha on Facebook, so I got to see many of their adventures!
They arrived into Reykjavik very early in the morning. It is a must to start exploring when coming off of a long flight into that country’s time zone. We had planned a 3 hour whale watching tour to keep them out of the hotel.
No whales were found, but they were able to see the beautiful landscape of Iceland from the water and a pod of dolphins!
One of Jeremy’s “wants” was to have a people-to-people experience. This happens in other countries usually centered around food. The host invites a small group into his/her home and fixes the travelers an authentic meal, usually several courses long, and with an alcohol pairing. The closest experience to that was a cooking lesson with a chef and travelers get to partake in the making of the food.
One of the perks of traveling in the off-season was Samantha and Jeremy were the only ones at the lesson! They loved the experience and stated that the food was amazing as was the wine that was paired with it! And bonus, as part of the lesson they kept their aprons!
Samantha and Jeremy had a rental car for the week. They self drove the Golden Circle and were able to see what they wanted at their leisure.
At the end of the week they went to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon, in my opinion, is one of those “must-do” activities, is very well-known, and in the 25 wonders of the world:
Samantha was anxiously waiting to see the Northern Lights. On their last night in Iceland they took a tour to see the Northern Lights. The end of March is getting very close to the time where the Northern Lights are no longer visible to the human eye, but they got lucky! The hues of the Northern Lights are not seen well with our eyes. To see them the best a slow-shutter camera should be used for a magnificent picture like this one:
Sitting down with Samantha I heard stories that a person can only experience living that moment: they saw self-cleaning free-standing toilets in the square of Reykjavik (and took pictures of course!), they learned about The Christmas Cat, sought out cool places to eat like the ramen restaurant Momo’s, and why Icelander’s have a such an affinity for chocolate eggs.
During our meeting she thanked me for helping them keep on a schedule. She said when they travel a lot of times they get into the country anticipating to do a lot of things, but not following through. Having the tours pre-planned kept them busy, but not too busy, and they were able to see and do many of the things that they wanted to!
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