Barbara CohenUnited States
Just back from a wonderful 5-day tour with Stefan as our guide. Stefan brought Iceland to life through his explanations of Iceland's sites and life and the folk sagas he shared as we explored numerous beautiful areas (Golden Circle, South Coast, Borgarfjordur Valley, and Snaefellsnes and Reykjanes Peninsulas). He helped plan/execute a tour that kept 9 family members (17 - late 80's) completely engaged and did so with his knowledge & expertise, kindness, laughter and concern for everyone's well-being!
Karen GillenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen :-)
Karen GillenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen :-)
Edward H.United States
We had an exceptional two full days of touring with Stefan. We saw the normal Golden Circle sites: Geyser geothermal area, Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park, Secret Lagoon, Thjorsardalur valley and many Game of Thrones filming sites (at our request). Stefan has a vast store of expertise and experience which comes through as you tour with him. He went out of his way to accommodate our desires and pace. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him and came with a great appreciation of Iceland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Edward for the kind words :-) I really enjoyed showing you and your family the sights. It was especially fun to visit the Game of Thrones sites with you. Happy travels.
James McConnellUnited States
Working with Stefan was a terrific. We wanted to change to make some last minute changes in the tour we had arranged and he accommodated our interests perfectly. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to see any part of Iceland.
Stefan showed us around the Golden Circle in a comfortable Mercedes bus. He was professional, knowledgeable and had a wonderful sense of humour. We would highly recommend Stephan as a tour guide in Iceland!! Thank you Stephan! You helped make our trip to Iceland a memorable one!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gail, it was a great pleasure to show you the sights! Travel safely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Janet for the kind words. I am glad I could assist you in Reykjavik when you returned unexpectedly from your Greenland cruise to Iceland due to your husband's medical emergency. I spoke to him over the phone the day after his operation and he sounded very good. All the very best to you and safe travel back home to Australia.
Tom J.Dallas, TX, United States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Stefan. He was extremely professional and is well versed in all the appropriate attractions. I would strongly suggest using his services for future Iceland visits.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom, it was a great pleasure to spend the day with you!
Joseph F.United States
My wife and I and our two adult children really enjoyed our bicycle tour of Reykjavik with Stefan. He was very personable and engaging with a great sense of humor. He spent a few minutes to find out things that interested us and quickly tailored the tour to our interests. We saw and learned about a wide variety of things related to Iceland & Reykjavik while having a lot of fun doing it. Stefan and his bicycle tour were great!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joseph for the kind words about me and our bicycle ride. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. I certainly loved showing you the sights by bicycle. Although Reykjavik is sometimes wet and windy it is a great place to sightsee by bicycle. The city's officials allocate some part of the public funds to building new paths to make it easier to travel around the city by bike. Happy cycling!
James BlakeUnited States
Great tour with Stefan, well organized, fun and a good time all around. Great way to see the City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Black for the 5* feedback. I loved showing you the sights :-)
Patsy FarmerUnited States
We loved our tour of the Golden Circle with Stefan!! He picked us up at the port at 7:30 on the morning of our disembarkation and left us at the airport promptly at 3:00 to check in for our flight home. In between we not only saw all of the most famous sights of the Golden Circle but learned a lot about the history and customs of Iceland. We were four guests in our seventies and Stefan was very attentive to the dynamics of our group and flexible in his pacing. We would all highly recommend this guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Patsy, it was a great pleasure to meet you and thank you for the opportunity to show you the sights along the Golden circle. Thank you for the kind words about my service. I'm glad to have been of service. Travel safely!
Susan KargerUnited States
What does one say about our perfect guide Stefan? We toured with him two days, and wouldn't have changed one thing. He is so knowledgeable about everything Iceland. If you are lucky enough to get him as your guide, you will not be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan for the kind words. It was a great pleasure to spend the two days with you here in Iceland! Travel safely.
Gilbert WeismanUnited States
Me and my boys (17, 15 yrs old) were to do a bike ride then lunch then Segway tour. I changed it before we arrived to just Segway. Stefan was fine with that, and made it longer than usual. No lunch break - just 2 wheeling until we were done. Longest Segway tour he had ever had. We loved it. He is concerned with the safety of his customers. He lent us each a rainproof "onesie", gloves and helmet. He was knowledgeable, fun, easy to be with. All good!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Gil for the kind words. I loved showing you and your sons around Reykjavik by Segway. Think it may have been the longest Segway tour I've done too since I started giving Segway tours in 2013. Safety and the right clothes are the two most important parts of the tour, i.e. not to get hurt and not to be cold :-)
Lori Waffenschmidt RonanUnited States
The Golden Circle tour with Stefan was wonderful. We had a great day and saw some of the beautiful sites that Iceland has to offer along with tons of great historical information from Stefan. Having a knowledgeable and professional private guide on tours are awesome, especially if you are visiting for just a short amount of time.
Joe McQuadeUnited States
I can't say enough about this tour or this Guide, Stefan. We only had 3 full days in Reykjavik and wanted to make the most of our time there. We chose Tours by Locals as we have used them in several different countries and found them to be exceptional. From the moment we contacted Stefan until the day of our tour he was a font of information for us. The Golden Circle Tour was perfect and we saw geysers, waterfalls, tectonic plates, beautiful countryside, amazing geography. A must see!! Thank you Stefan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joe for the kind words! It was a true pleasure to show you around the Golden circle, the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland :-) I wish we had more time together to see some other parts of the country. Travel safely.
Anton NelUnited States
My companion and I have taken many Segway tours (50, perhaps!) in many parts of the world but this one may have been the very best. Stefan is a fantastic guide, knowledgable and fun, and we so enjoyed seeing many parts of the city, traveling over many different kinds of terrains under his guidance. I highly recommend Stefan and his Segway tour to anyone visiting Reykjavik.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anton for the kind words! Seeing that you have done 50 Segway tours around the world and think this one may have been the best means a lot to me. It was a great pleasure to show you around my home city Reykjavik by Segway. Travel safely!
Stuart SarshikUnited States
Stefan knows Iceland. We spent a day riding around the city and then seeing geysers, waterfalls, and beautiful terrain. We ate a hot dog at a stand where Bill Clinton ate one!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stuart for your review and your vote of confidence in my knowledge of Iceland and the beauty of the country. I see in your star rating that you were not entirely happy with my service. I’m very sorry that I offended you half hour into the tour when I asked you to give me more personal space. I should have conveyed this message in a more tactful manner. Afterwards I thought we had a mutual understanding of each other and I enjoyed your company very much for the following 10 hours. Travel safely.
Susan MearsUnited States
i Loved our trip with Stephan. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Iceland and the topography of the area. He also had a great personality and could easily handle our group of five women! He was very accommodating when we asked to stop or to get something to eat. We didn't feel pressured to move on. I felt very safe with him on the drive as the weather changed from rain to snow and back again. Would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the kind words about my local knowledge and your confidence in my driving. I loved showing you the sights along the Golden circle route. Thank you for choosing me to be your guide!
Angie Rogers H.Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Stafan is a very knowledgable professional guide who was easy and fun to be with. We definitely would recommend him for your travels in Iceland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the positive remarks Angie. Same to you, it was fun to be with you too :-) Travel safely.
Stefan was punctual and showed us a great deal of Iceland in the short period we were there on a cruise. His knowledge of Iceland, history, legends, and fables was fascinating and in spite of some snow and blizard type conditions, we were all happy and safe. If you are going to Iceland then I would definitely recommend this company and Stefan in particular.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Colin for the kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for me. I really enjoyed showing you the sights and to travel with you. You got to see a lot in the short time your cruise ship was in port because you were willing to stay up late and get up early. I doubt anyone else on board got to see both the South coast and its attractions and the Golden circle and its attractions. Travel safely!
Susan StancliffUnited States
What a fantastic day tour! A friend recommended Tours by Locals. I read the favorable comments about Stefan and decided to book. The reviews did not disappoint! The beautiful black sand beaches with amazing basalt columns, walking on a glacier (highlight of our trip!), stunning waterfalls with rainbows and viewing an ever changing terrain, made for a memorable experience! Stefan's knowledge and love of Iceland made the trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan for the kind words! I really loved meeting you and to show you the sights along the south coast of Iceland to village Vik. The scenic beauty of Iceland and the south coast is such it makes being a guide an easy task. The scenery never fails to impress. I'm glad I lived up to your expectations :-) Travel safely!
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.
Kitty LauHong Kong
We are very grateful to have Stefan as our tour guide. He is very experienced, helpful and nice. Highly recommended the tour guide Stefan for your next visit to Iceland and this site ToursByLocals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kitty, it was a great pleasure! I hope I get to see you again in Iceland one day with another group :-) All the best.
Indra MoodleySouth Africa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Indra! It was a true pleasure to spend those days with you.
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.
Catherine FleisherUnited States
Outstanding knowledge and service. First off, the tours by locals team went above and beyond to expedite booking our group with Stefan when our original guide cancelled. Communication was fantastic and follow through impressive. We were the lucky ones as Stefan was the perfect guide and helped with photography when Mother Nature cooperated for dancing lights! Thank you!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Catherine for the kind words. I am of course a part of the tours by locals team, a local guide in Iceland, but the office does care about the guests. This I've seen many times. I'm glad I was able to assist here in Iceland and to do the tour for you on short notice. You are lovely people. Travel safely.
Natalie ChanUnited States
Excellent tour with a group of 14 friends. We covered all the South Coast highlights and this did not feel like a regular tour. Stefan was fantastic in covering of all the details pre and post-booking, was very knowledgeable and great fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Natalie for the kind words :-) I really enjoyed showing you and your friends around the south coast of Iceland, one of the most popular routes to do in Iceland. I loved the fact that your group of friends come from different corners of the world and that you chose to spend a few days together in Iceland in winter. I'm glad you got to see the northern lights as a bonus, not everyone who visits Iceland gets to see the northern lights simply because it is sometimes cloudy and no lights activity.
Ray SauersUnited States
Stefan is extremely knowledgeable about all things Icelandic - the sites, the history, the government. You name it - Stefan was able to answer our questions. The tour itself was remarkable - we saw everything from waterfalls and black beaches and glaciers. I highly recommend Stefan and will be looking him up the next time we visit his beautiful country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ray for taking the time to review my services and wow! It was a great pleasure to show you some of the most beautiful places in Iceland. The black beach we visited was recently featured in Game of Thrones and a few years ago in the Holywood film Noah. Until next time, travel safely!
Art WoodroffeUnited States
Stefan was great Professional , on time Very nice vehicle . Very knowledgeable I would highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Art for the kind words. It was a great pleasure to show you and your 7 travel companions the sights in Reykjavik. Glad you enjoyed my service and my vehicle. Travel safely.
Craig BrunerUnited States
Excellent tour. Very informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Craig, it was a great pleasure to meet you and fun to show you the sights. Travel safely.
Our tours were very interesting as we saw most of the highlights of Iceland. Ideally you need 3 days to see everything. We were fascinated by what we saw. Our tour guide Stephan was extremely informative with extensive knowledge of Iceland. His background in geology was a bonus as it helped us understand the nature of Iceland better. We found him to be very pleasant and easygoing as we made changes in our schedule. We really enjoyed our time with him as he was very personable . We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Suzan, it was a great pleasure to show you the sights. I really enjoyed your company and I'm happy that you enjoyed my company too and enjoyed the tours and what you saw. Travel safely. Stefan
Mike ImmerwahrUnited States
We had a delightful afternoon with Stefan touring around Reykjavik. Informative and humorous, he struck a perfect balance between Icelandic culture and history, exactly what we were hoping for. Stefan was very flexible and struck a nice balance for us between driving and walking, including adding a spur of the moment scenic coffee shop stop to help counteract our arrival day jet-lag. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike, I'm glad to have been of assistance and I really enjoyed showing you the sights.
Ellen MckeonUnited States
We really enjoyed ourselves! Stefan was great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was a great pleasure to spend two days with you.
Ellen MckeonUnited States
We had two great days with Stefan. Easy to be with and very knowledgeable. His new truck was very comfortable too. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was a great pleasure to spend two days with you.
William PardueUnited States
We loved the tour with Stefan. He was very enjoyable and knew a lot about Iceland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Pardue! I loved meeting you and showing you around :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Torben. It was great fun to show you and your colleagues the sights along the Golden circle and taking you to the snowmobile trip on Langjokull glacier.
Arthur BourqueUnited States
We had an incredibly pleasant experience with Stefan. He was knowledgeable about Iceland in general and extremely informative regarding the highlights of our tour. His English is impeccable and he reveled our group with a number of great Iceland stories (folklore). He was patient, understood what our objectives were and modified his tour to fit our needs. Our South Coast Tour gave us visibility into a part of Iceland that we had not seen before (this was our second visit). A great choice of guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Arthur for the kind words. It was a great pleasure for me to be a part of your stay in Iceland. Thank you so much for choosing me to be your guide.
Penny HonUnited States
Stefan is exceptionally well informed and interesting tour guide. Our threesome learned much and enjoyed Stefan's good humor and educated information about Iceland.... Penny Hon and family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the kind words Penny, I loved showing you the sights along the Golden Circle route - the most popular route to do in Iceland. I'm glad you enjoyed my style and you can be sure that I enjoyed your company.
Annabelle LeeUnited States
Excellent experience with Stefan! After explaining our needs, Stefan was able to customize our tour, including an early morning airport pick-up and the Golden Circle tour. Knowing the traffic patterns, Stefan avoided most of the tourist crowds and we enjoyed great sightseeing along the way. Stefan's knowledge and expertise were put to good use to make our first day in Iceland memorable. Thank you Stefan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Annabelle! It was a great pleasure to meet you and to show you the sights.
David SteeleReno, NV, United States
Stephan is an excellent guide and he gave us a terrific adventure driving and guiding us to & around the South Coast of Iceland. His knowledge of Iceland and his personality were definite pluses and my three travel companions and myself enjoyed a truly remarkable day with great scenery and descriptions of the history and significance of what we were seeing. Additionally, he entertained us on the long drives with legends and tales or yore. I highly recommend Stephan. Thank you for a great day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you all the same David. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show you a part of my home country Iceland. Travel safely.
James ChisholmJacksonville, FL, United States
In spite of our late arrival in Reykjavik, Stefan was at the pier waiting for us. We were traveling as a group of four and he was able to remember our names after only meeting once. I would strongly recommend Stefan when in need of a knowledgeable driver with a strong ability to speak with us about the history, geography, geology, and nature of the country. Riding, speaking, and listening to Stefan was a pleasure. Thank you for an enjoyable and enlightening experience, Stefan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you James, it was a great pleasure to spend the day with you. Don't think I always remember all the names :-)
Steven BrownUnited States
Stefan was very hospitable and informative. He speaks very good English. Our walking tour was a great experience. We are already making plans to bring my son & his wife back to Reykjavik. We will be reaching out to Stefan for some more extensive excursions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steven, it was a great pleasure to show you around the city centre on foot.
Jolene N.United States
I scheduled a walking tour with Stefan during my layover. It was great. He got in touch with me before I got there to designate a meeting place. He was on time, knowledgeable and pleasant. He even made sure I got to have a Reykjavik hot dog and got me back to the bus station on time. I would welcome Stefan as my tour guide again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jolene for the kind words. It was a great pleasure to show you around Reykjavik and getting you to the bus stop after our walk was the least I could do for you :-) Happy travels.
Elaine KravitzUnited States
Great tour! Stefan was very professional, knowledgable, and friendly. We enjoyed touring and learning about his country. We had a great time, in spite of the rainy weather! We especially appreciated him combining two tours since we had only one day to see the Golden Circle and South Coast and accommodating our needs with 2 hotel drop offs at the end of the tour. We highly recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Elaine, it was a great pleasure to spend the day with you. No problem at all dropping you off at two different places.
Don EllimanUnited States
The guide was wonderful. Very informative, totally accommodating and pleasant. We would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Don, it was a great pleasure to spend the day with you and your family. Travel safely.
Roberta (Bobbie) FostUnited States
5+ out of 5. Stefan did a tour of the Golden Circle for a group of 8 of us on July 14. Stefan is outstanding; one of the best guides I have ever had. He is knowledgeable, fun, and enthusiastic. He came with a 23 passenger van. Normally he would have used a 14 passenger van (he has 3 sizes) but since it was raining he used the larger van. Had a mike so all could hear and English was perfect. He told us about life in Iceland, politics, education, history, and just about everything else.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bobbie for the fine review! Luckily I still love what I do :-). Thank you for choosing me to be your guide in Iceland, I loved showing you around and telling you about life in Iceland, politics, education, history, and just about everything else :-).
The 16 hours tour from Reykjavik to Jökulsarlon lagoon was worth every second of it. Very informative yet sufficiently flexible approach. Thank you so much Stefan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The trip to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is the longest day trip I do but of course very rewarding as far as the scenery goes. Thank you for being enthusiastic and interested the entire time.
Michele ShoreUnited States
Fun and Informative!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Michele for the 5*. It was a great pleasure to show you around :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the 5* rating. I appreciate you taking the time to rate my service. I really loved showing you around my home country and some of the best sights to see.
Excellent tour with Stefan who came to our rescue when our original tour guide had to cancel. Thanks also to the Tours by Locals staff who made all the arrangements. The tour to Jokulsarlon is very long but worth it especially with Stefan who provided excellent information, stories and sagas to keep us entertained and interested along the way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the great review. I really enjoyed your company and am glad I could help.
Artie TepperUnited States
Our group of four had an outstanding day spent touring the South Coast with Stefan. He was extremely informative and cordial, enabling us to get a real feel for the area. Stefan was very accommodating to our needs, had a very nice personality, and created a fantastic tour. We ended our day with a visit to his bike store and then dinner at a burger joint. He has our wholehearted and enthusiastic recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Artie, thank you so much for this glowing review. You were an absolute pleasure to be with. Thank you for a lovely time.
Terry CooperUnited States
Our 3 days with our Iceland guide was superb-- enjoyed by all from our baby to our grandparents. Our guide was knowledgeable, flexible, attentive to our every need, punctual, genuinely engaged with each and every traveler in our group. We loved our trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Terry for the kind words. It was a great pleasure to travel with you for three days in Iceland. You have a wonderful family and friend. Travel safely, all the best. Stefan.
Elizabeth FitzgibbonsUnited States
Stefan is a great, knowledgeable & accommodating tour guide! We pre-arranged where we wanted to go on our tour. Stefan arranged to get our tickets beforehand for Blue Lagoon & glacier snowmobiling, so we would not have to wait in lines. Thankfully, he got Blue Lagoon tickets because it was sold out the whole weekend. He was great in allowing us to have time in different locations & he stopped when we asked, so we could take photos. Stefan made our Icelandic journey very special. We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elizabeth for the kind words. It was a great pleasure to show you around Iceland and I'm glad I was a part of your great experience and was able to take some stress off your shoulders with the necessary activity bookings. After all those years of driving and guiding I still love my job. You and your group makes me love my job even more. Travel safely.
Laurie S.Naples, FL, United States
We spent two days touring Southwestern Iceland with Stefan. He managed to put more into our time together than we had expected. His personal interest in photography helped us get some stunning pictures. During the long rides, he regaled us with delightful Icelandic sagas. One of our group has a food allergy and he made sure that her lunch was safe. A truly wonderful guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laurie, it was a great pleasure! Travel safely.
Holly CrowtherUnited States
Great tour with Stefan. He is knowledgable and interesting to listen to. We felt that we not only saw it all, but learned a lot about what we were seeing. Thanks for a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Holly, it was a great pleasure to spend the day with you!
Amy DunckelmannUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Amy, it was a great pleasure to meet you and to get the opportunity to show you Reykjavik on foot!
Caroline SimoneUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Caroline, it was a great pleasure to show you some sights in Reykjavik :-) All the best to you and your family. Travel safely.
Ilya S.United States
Great tour and great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! I really loved showing you the modest city of Reykjavik on foot.
Elliott ReeseSanta Barbara, CA, United States
Stefan provided a very entertaining, insightful, and overall perfect tour. He showed great knowledge about the region & Iceland in general, and was accommodating to our private group of 8. His personal tour van also provided a very luxuriously way to drive around the countryside. I would definitely reach out again to Stefan for any tours while in Iceland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ellott! It was a great pleasure to meet you and the gang and take part in your short new year's brake here in Iceland.
Larry AdolfUnited States
Stefan was a great guide, everything that we were looking for in a "Tours by Locals" experience. He gave us a lot of information about the sites, people, and culture of Iceland. He was fun to be with and connected with everyone in our group across our 35 year age range! The South Coast is beautiful: waterfalls, lava beaches, and a glacier!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Larry, it was a true pleasure to be with you and the children.
Larry AdolfUnited States
Stefan was a great guide, everything that we were looking for in a "Tours by Locals" experience. He gave us a lot of information about the sites, people, and culture of Iceland. He was fun to be with and connected with everyone in our group across our 35 year age range! The Golden Circle is great: Parliament Lake/Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring area are beautiful and memorable. Stefan added a lot to the tour and showed us special sites away from the crowds!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Larry, it was a true pleasure to spend time with you and the children. I hope we meet again.
Janice S.United States
Our Golden Circle Private tour with Stefan was clearly one of the highlights of our trip to Iceland. Stefan is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful. He made sure we got to make stops along the way that aligned with our interests - we never felt rushed throughout the day. We had great conversations along the route and had a good understanding of what we were seeing. So enjoyable! Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking time to review my services. I really enjoyed showing you around the Golden circle and I appreciate your kind words. I appreciated all your questions and enthousiasm too.
David CampeasUnited States
Great guide. Incredible depth and breadth of knowledge with the skills to communicate information in an entertaining manner. He was very responsive to the needs of our family. I would highly recommend Stefan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the great review, you have a beautiful family and I enjoyed your company very much too.
Very friendly and informative. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Georgina, it was a true pleasure to spend time with you and have the priviledge of showing a little part of Iceland :-)
Robert CaplanUnited States
Stefan met us right off the ship and quickly began a fantastic tour of the Golden Circle. Throughout the tour Stefan spoke of the countryside and kept us well informed. He took care of all our needs, special requests, (including a stop to see some horses), and showed his vast knowledge of the landscape. At each stop Stefan let us off at the top of a path, showed us the way and then brought the van to meet us at the bottom! A fantastic plus! Our whole group enjoyed a fabulous tour and guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert, it was a great pleasure to show you the sights. I also enjoyed your company :-)
Jeff YunisCayman Islands
Stefan was wonderful
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeff, it was a great pleasure to meet you and to show you the sights.
Carol KouryUnited States
Our guide, Stefan, was very personable, professional and informative. We enjoyed a wonderful tour of Reykjavik despite tremendous challenges posed by the local bicycle race that virtually closed down the city. We can highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carol, it was a great pleasure to meet you and to show you around my home city. Thank you for being good sports about missing the landmark church in Reykjavik due to the bicycle race. Travel safely!
great guide. nice choice of restrant. was business delegation tour and enough inofrmatively. would like come back and book him privatly with my family. Just one thing for one star less: couldnt swim in the lagoon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michiko, it was great fun to help plan this bespoke tour for you and your bosses from Japan. We visited three geothermal and one hydro-electric powerstation. The Blue lagoon is a spa next door to a geothermal powerstation. It gets sold out most days so an advance booking is necessary. Next time you just let me know that you like to swim in the lagoon and I'll book the tickets in advance for you.
Carlie McMillanUnited States
Extremely knowledgable, personable & a safe driver with comfortable accommodations. Stefan entertained us with Icelandic Sagas for the drive and was quick to teach us all we asked about the history of Iceland. Our entire party felt like we were in the best hands possible to see the great attractions of Iceland. Safety first with Stefan which is very comforting. He hands down made our trip more memorable! Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carlie, it was a true pleasure. I'm very happy to have been of assistance and a positive part of your stay in Iceland. All the best.
Terry JohnsonUnited States
Excellent guide. Knowledgable and likeable. Would heartily recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Terry and Steven, it was a great pleasure to be with you too and two :-)
Demetria LeongUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Iceland thanks to Stefan's expertise in all areas of culture, history, landmarks, geology, folklore, in showing us the wonders of this beautiful country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Demetria, Thank you so much for a very very long but fabulous and fantastic day! I really enjoyed showing you the sights. Stefan
Ann LandauUnited States
This was the second time in 5 years we had Stefan show us his beautiful country. He is terrific and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is kind and considerate and gears the tour to our needs and wishes. Hope to return to Iceland again and see the rest of his country through his eyes. He also always includes a special personal touch!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ann for looking me up and booking a second tour with me! It was a great pleasure for me to show you the sights and extra special to see you for the second time. Since most people I meet come to Iceland only once it is special to meet returning customers. All the best and travel safely.
Donna PerrymanUnited States
We booked the private tour for our party of four adults. I thought the price was a bit high, but in the end, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. For the most part, we were kept out of traffic patterns and felt safe. Stefan was very friendly and spoke excellent English.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the positive comments Donna! It was a great pleasure! The price for a Segway tour in Iceland needs to be higher than in the States for example because in Iceland the machines cost more than twice the price in the States.
Michelle ChristensenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michelle!
Newell WardeUnited States
Stefan Helgi gave my wife, son and me a great bicycle tour of the city. His command of American English is outstandingly good, and we appreciated that he took note of our interests, responded knowledgeably to every one of them, and did not waste time taking us to the obvious sites that we could easily find on our own. He also gave us some very important tips for a few places elsewhere in Iceland (near Vik, for example) that we visited later in our trip and were very glad we did!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Newell, it was a great pleasure! You have a wonderful family.
John E.United States
If you want an enjoyable and insightful orientation tour of Reykjavik, this is it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John, it was a great pleasure to show you the sights :-)
Phil CollinsUnited States
Great trip. We had Stefan for s private tour. Knowledgable, professional, and fun to be with. A fabulous experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Phil and Peggy for a fantastic day along the south coast of Iceland. It was a great pleasure to spend the day with you. All the best :-)
Ivy GreenCoogee, NSW, Australia
A highly professional tour. Stefan's local knowledge is highly commendable and he adds some entertainment as well. What a delight to have met and toured with him so early in our time in Iceland. Highly recommended. Ivy and Alan from Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ivy and Alan, it was a true pleasure to meet you and privilege to have the opportunity to show you a part of my country. We had such luck with the weather, it was amazing! All the best to you on your independent travels in Iceland. I'm confident that you'll enjoy the drive, the scenery, the food and the locals.
Yuk Wah ChengHong Kong
We had Very good experience. Nice tour to look around the town . Stefan is very nice and helpful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yuk, it was a great pleasure :-) You all did wonderful on the Segway.
Pat MillerBluffton, SC, United States
Stefan was an excellent guide and a pleasure to be with for our five days. He was extremely knowledgeable, considerate and flexible. I would highly recommend him to anyone and for anyone planning on seeing Iceland, you do need at least five days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pat, it was a great pleasure to spend a few days with you and Carl. All the best and travel safely :-)
Benjamin DrosmanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Benjamin for the five stars. I had fun with you and Anne too :-)
Sara ZachariahUnited States
I had an amazing tour with Stefan. He was extremely knowledgeable, fun to chat with, & a great guide. I'm actually going to be back in Iceland in February & plan to book another tour with him. I'm already looking forward to Tour #2! Thank you!! :) ~Sara from Seattle
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sara, it was a great pleasure and I look forward to seeing you again!
Sharon BromenUnited States
These are our fourth and fifth tours with 'Locals' and we can't speak highly enough about all of them!! Stefan is awesome! Loved our two tours with him. We recommend your guides often!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sharon! I loved showing you the sights.
Sharon BromenUnited States
See comments on other tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Lara NusbaumUnited States
Wonderful guide. Highly recommend him! Very knowledgeable, fantastic bus and very nice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lara for the 5* rating. I loved meeting you and your family. Fun three days.
We had an excellent time with Stefen. He was on time, very welcoming, informative and gave over and above. We really enjoyed our time with him and would highly recommend him to anybody looking for a friendly and personal guide. Eventhough we were on a tight time schedule, we had an excellent overview of the city and surrounds. Thank you so much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mary, thank you so much for the lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed the tour and would recommend me to others, I enjoyed meeting you and showing you the sights :-)
Gerald ScottUnited States
Stefan is a fantastic guide. He knows and loves Iceland. Stefan drove my fiancée and me around the southwest coast of Iceland. She and I can't walk as well as we used to be able to do. Stefan drove us very close a almost every stop we made. You could see people from tour busses walking a quarter or half a mile to get where Stefan parked his vehicle. Stefan is a wonderful guide because of his knowledge of and passion for Iceland. He treated us like a valued customer, which is very important to me.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gerald, you are a valued customer too :-) Thank you for the lovely words, I enjoyed your company and showing you around.
Our original guide fell ill suddenly, so Stefan took her place at the last minute, and picked us up at the airport instead of our hotel to make sure we did not miss our tour. Very knowledgeable, funny, flexible (customized the tour based on our interests), great with our children and had a very comfortable, lovely vehicle to ride in. Highly recommend both Tours by Locals and Stefan as a guide. He even took some photos and emailed them to us. Two thumbs up!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tammy, glad to be of assistance. You have a wonderful family.
We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon in and around the Golden Circle with Stefan shortly after our arrival into Reykjavik. He was very entertaining and engaging full of insight into local history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nisha for the kind words. I loved showing you the sights.
Ann McDanielUnited States
I hesitate to praise Stefan as fully as he deserves...he may become way to busy to act as a guide for me the next time I come to Iceland. Felt very safe with him. Stunning itinerary. Receptive to input and flexible. Great new Mercedez van. Knowledgable. Clearly enjoys his country and his work. Funny and smart. I could go on and on. Stefan is just plain wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ann, you are too kind. I really enjoyed your company too and hope to see you back in Iceland one day. Hope it is not going to be too hot in Florida this summer. If so, you know where to visit.
Dottie CooperUnited States
Stefan is very knowledgeable and makes the tour what the group wants. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk- even if it was snowing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Dottie! It was a true pleasure to show you the sights, in the snow and cold, did not matter. Your group was great!
Glenn BasdenUnited States
Stefan was an amazing guide. We had a wonderful day doing a customized Golden Circle tour, and Stefan was a font of knowledge about everything we saw as well as general information about Iceland. He went way above and beyond for us. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Glenn, it was a true pleasure to show you the sights :-)
Louise DawsonUnited Kingdom
Stefán made our trip in the Golden Circle just perfect. He was informative, witty and very thoughtful throughout the whole experience. We all agreed that he really knows his stuff and he also enjoys it too which make it even better. A big thank you to Stefán once again. You helped make our visit to Iceland very memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Louise for this fantastic review! I really enjoyed your company too and we had such luck with great weather. There was a storm the day before we traveled and the day after. Travel safely.
Lisa RappoportUnited States
Stefan is a wonderful guide! We spent a day with him on the Golden Circle tour and had a great time. We learned so much from him; his knowledge on everything Iceland is impressive and amazing! His van was very comfortable (we were 6 adults) and he was sensitive to all our needs. He has a very warm personality and a good sense of humor - the perfect ingredients for a GREAT tour.(He is also a very good driver.) We highly recommend him as a guide for anyone looking to have a fantastic experience in Iceland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, thank you! It was wonderful to spend time with you and to have the priviledge to brag about Iceland :-)
Barbara Ann DecaroUnited States
We had a " very-lasting forever" experience because of a wonderful, experienced, knowledgeable,talented & sympathetic Tour Director, Stefan Helgi Lalsson. When Stefan met us at the airport, we immediately realized how immersed & knowledgeable he was about the history, culture, & geology of his beloved Iceland. He exhibited this in his Icelandic stories and the unique environments that he shared with us and explained. Because of our fabulous trip, we are planning future trips with him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello All! Thank you so much for the amazing feedback! I'm happy to have been of assistance and feel blessed, and most privileged, to have met such a great group of appreciative people. We surely had great luck with the weather. Travel safely and hope to see you again in Iceland :-)
Nadezhda AndreevaUnited States
A wonderful guide and such a great day!
Nadezhda AndreevaUnited States
We absolutely loved spending the day with Stephan! The trip was very picturesque, Stephan had a professional camera, and was full of entertaining stories! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andreeva for the kind words. I loved spending the day with you too :-)
We took a Tour of The a golden Circle on September 14, guided by Stefan. We were a group of six and we rate the tour a 5 out of 5. Stefan was an excellent guide and gave us an informative and fun tour of the beautiful sites and spectacular country side. He was helpful and accommodating. The van was great and very comfortable for the six of us. We highly recommend taking a tour in Iceland with Stefan as a Guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bettina, you were 5* people too :-)