Steven GravilleUnited States
Stefan is great! Prompt, informative and polite. The Northern lights that my wife and I saw were at times very faint ,but due to Stefans great photographic skill we were able to spot and then enjoy them very much! Thanks again Stefan A truly enjoyable experience! Steven and Donna Graville
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great pleasure. The northern lights can be tricky to find as there might be cloud cover or inactivity - but we had some luck. Glad it worked out for us that night. Happy to have been of assistance.
Christopher HoweUnited Kingdom
Fantastic tour with Stefan, he was very friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. Collected us on time, his vehicle was comfortable and clean. We learned and saw a lot on the tour, and would highly recommend it to future visitors to Iceland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words Christopher. I loved meeting you and showing you the northern lights. We had most amazing luck with the northern lights that night but of course some nights it is too cloudy to see them and other nights there is very low activity or none at all.
Jennifer StanfieldUnited States
We spent 4 days in Reykjavik and booked 3 tours with Stefan, all of which were wonderful. Stefan did a wonderful job arranging the schedule around the weather to maximize our chance to see the sights. Seeing the Northern Lights takes luck, patience, and a skilled guide. Thank you Stefan! Not only did we see the beautiful lights, but Stefan helped us to use our cameras in the best way possible to document this unforgettable night.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jennifer for the kind words. It was a great pleasure to be with you and we had some luck with the northern lights. Travel safely!
Allen DupreUnited States
Stefan was very interesting and a great tour guide. He was very pleasant and entertaining and even helped us with our camera settings for pictures of the Northern Lights! He was so kind to send of some of his pictures from our wonderful experience. He is a great choice!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Allen for a lovely evening hunting for the northern lights from Reykjavik. We had to wait a while but I'm glad we did not give up, it paid off! It was one of the very best shows I've seen for the last 12 months. I'm glad to have been of assistance with the camera settings and pictures. I loved being with both of you and I'm thrilled that we saw the northern lights in spite of poor forecast. As you know the next few nights were cloudy and unsuitable for viewing the northern lights. Travel safely!
Steven JungUnited States
Guide moved our planned trip date up one day, to benefit from ideal Aurora Borealis viewing conditions. Terrific call...next night, our scheduled night, was cloudy! We got to see them in all their glory... the primary purpose of our winter trip to Iceland. Oh yes, he was personable and informative, and our four door pickup was comfortable and safe in the snowy conditions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steven, glad to have been of assistance. Travel safely!
Ericka BlackburnUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the 5* review. We saw the first northern lights this winter around Reykjavik 11 August. They are so beautiful when they show but the sighting cannot be guaranteed. Sometimes there is cloud cover and sometimes there is no activity. And sometimes one fails to look when they show as the show can be short.
Sara SilzerUnited States
I highly recommend this tour with Stefan. He drove us an hour and 1/2 north so that the weather would be clear and we could see the northern lights. He also worked hard to get us good pictures. Great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sara for the kind words. I'm so happy you got to see the lights as sighting cannot be guaranteed. Further, we did see great lights which was a bonus. I loved the pictures I got of you. Very special evening. Travel safely!
Chris KeyserUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris, glad the lights came out for us. They are a tricky business, can never be guaranteed!
Stephen CalvertUnited Kingdom
Stefab made great efforts to find the lights for us and he finally managed it
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen for the kind words. The northern lights are always tricky. Even when the skies are clear or reasonably clear the lights sometimes show and sometimes they don't. And when they show they may be so faint you don't see them with your naked eye, or the sky may be blazing like on fire. After looking at all the forecasts the only thing one can do on the night is to be patient and hope for the best. Travel safely.
Henry SherwinUnited Kingdom
Amazing experience, Stefan was an outstanding tour guide Very comfortable to be around, We was not very confident in finding the lights with the low activity alerts but sure enough he found them, taking some lovely pictures for us with his camera. A must do tour and highly highly recommend Stefan Thank you again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you H... for including me on this special night for you two. I'm very happy that we saw the northern lights and got the photographs to prove it. Some nights are simply better than others and we got an excellent show considering the activity level forecast. Best of luck to you both.
Deborah WeinerUnited States
The tour is rated 5 out of 5. Stefan is the true northern lights chaser. With only a small chance of seeing the lights, we witnessed the most spectacular sight I have ever seen. Highly recommend Stefan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Deborah for the kind words. It was the combination of the guide's experience and your luck on the day that made this happen. We were very lucky to witness such a great display. I'm glad we could shift the tour day from the 23rd which was cloudy and had no activity to the 26th which was clear and thankfully had the activity that we wanted. Travel safely and all the best to your daughter.
William HarnischUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you William for the kind words. I'm really sorry that you did not get to see the lights even though we picked the best night of two nights. I'm afraid that the conditions are poor for the next few days also for anyone interested in seeing the lights. I really enjoyed your company and hope you go back home rested and with good memories.
Im absolutely delighted I choose Stefan to be our Northern Lights guide,he had studied the weather and the predicted Aurora activity prior to picking us up, but we knew, the lights are never guaranteed,Stefan stopped regularly to check sky for activity, until !! there she was, thanks Stefan, for the conversation, careful confident driving and taking pics of us under the Aurora, you went above & beyond our expectations, we were the luckiest ones that night, the tour buses didn't get a glimpse :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great review. It was a great pleasure to take you out that night. The lights are elusive and can never be guaranteed. With some practice and experience and lots of luck we succeeded seeing them.
Morgan GrantUnited Kingdom
Stefan was a very good tour guide he took us out of the city and found the northern lights for us, we stopped in 3 locations for pictures he provided advice on how to set up our camera and took pictures on his camera which he emailed to us as they gave a clearer picture than our camera did. He has very good knowledge on the local areas and is a fountain of knowledge about Iceland. I would strongly recomend Stefan as a guide to see the Northen Lights.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Morgan for the kind words. It was a true pleasure to meet you and Heather and to be a part of your special moment in Iceland. Good luck always.
Richard PeaseUnited States
Tour was great! We went to see the Northern lights, and we did! Great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your business. Glad you got to see the elusive lights. Sighting can never be guaranteed. Travel safely!
John McNeillUnited States
The cloud cover can be quirky. Stefan knows how to work around things to make your tour a success. I highly recommend him.
Lisa MayhewUnited Kingdom
Stefan was a fantastic guide - We were in Iceland for 4 days and 3 nights and had initially booked for 4/12/10 but Stefan advised no lights, said he would take us out next night if possible, but again no joy so Monday Stefan picked us up and drove us out of town and using his knowledge and expertise, noticed there would be some action from the Northern Lights, we parked up and watched them and Stefan took photos. On return to UK he had already emailed photo's over. Would recommend to all. Thanks Stefan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Lisa. It is wonderful that you got to see the lights which of course can be elusive. Thank you for joining my tour, it was a great pleasure to meet you.
Tina GrayUnited Kingdom
Stefan was an amazing guide & made the trip fun & interesting despite the weather preventing us from seeing the Northern Lights. He clearly loves his job, is intelligent & was an all-round personable guy. In bad weather, we met us and were told honestly we probably wouldn’t see anything. We were offered alternative options & were under no pressure to do anything. We went regardless but the weather turned torrential so Stefan finished with a city tour anyway. I would definitely do this tour again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words Tina – it was a great pleasure to show you and your friends around Reykjavik at night. It was a pity with the weather which prevented us from seeing the northern lights this time. Let’s hope for better luck next time. Smile, Stefan
Ben WhurUnited Kingdom
Stefan was great. He called during the day and was very honest about the chances of seeing the Northern Lights (the tour we had booked). He turned up at our hotel at the agreed time and we discussed the options. We decided to go even though chances were limited. Stefan is extremely knowledgeable with enviable credentials. He gave us great insights into Iceland's history, geology, and covered every question we could ask. Would highly recommend him and will be booking him on our return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ben, thank you very much for the great review! It was a great pleasure to show you around. Till next time, all the best.
Phil ButcherUnited Kingdom
No - we didn't get to see the northern lights - but it was not the fault of our guide. The weather was against us (wet and cloudy). Stefan was very friendly and completely flexible with arrangements. He took us on an alternaitve tour and we saw Reykyavik - so that the visit was not wasted. Thanks to Stefan for advice on what to do while in Iceland - We would definitely use Toursbylocals again.
Kyoko LinUnited States
My husband and I took two tours with Stefan, this Northern Lights Surprise tour and the Golden Circle Route, and we cannot say enough wonderful things -- incredibly informative about Iceland and Icelanders and helpfully accommodating given our tight schedule. The Northern Lights were somewhat far and difficult to see, and we met other visitors who had used other tours the same night and had seen nothing, but Stefan was able to spot them and showed us how best to photograph them. Key: dSLR and tripod!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the kind words Kyoko. It was a great pleasure to be of assistance. Stefan
Dawn DarrockUnited Kingdom
"stefan" What can I say we had a wonderful time on our trip with the added bonus of seeing the northern lights. I would recomend this to any one visiting Iceland Leave the coach trips and take a private tour