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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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 :-).
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.
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!
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 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.
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 :-)
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 :-)
Michelle ChristensenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michelle!
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 :-)
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 :-)
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.
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.
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 :-)
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 :-)
Bob G.United States
Stefan was terrific! Took us on a great tour of the Golden Circle. He was very knowledgeable, spoke English beautifully and was very attentive. Definitely recommend him!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Randi, it was a true pleasure!
Jack McElroyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jack for the 5 stars! Wish you all the best.
Peter HebbUnited States
Stefan rates 5 out of 5 as he is fully knowledgeable about all sorts of questions about Iceland, Icelanders etc. We did the Golden Circle Tour with its pre-agreed stops. Lunch with the store attached met our needs. Thank you Stefan.
David HendersonUnited States
Stefan gave a fabulous tour! His van is well equipped so it was very easy to hear his commentary, even in the back seat. Because of the weather, we went a little faster than usual. Therefore, at the end of the tour, Stefan gave a mini city tour as a bonus. Stefan's English is excellent and he is extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. BRAVO!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much David, it was a true pleasure to spend the day with you all. Travel safely.
Steve SkilkenUnited States
We chose Stephan because he was the only guid that could arrange for my 11 and 14 year olds to ride a Segway because he owned the shop. He was prompt and very cordial, however the tour was a little dry and boring for us. Of all of the fascinating buildings in Reykjavik he chose to stop and tell us about a museum for penises! My daughters are 11 and 14! On the golden circle drive he put my wife and kids to sleep. He is very knowledgeable, he just needs more showmanship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steve for a fantastic 9 hour day of Segway action and Golden circle tour! Your children are wonderful! People often doze in the vehicle after lunch, especially those adjusting to time zones. The Iceland phallological museum is the only one of its kind in the world. We stopped at a red light opposite the museum during the Segway tour. My children of 5 and 9 know all about the human parts already so I did not think it was a big deal to mention it to your family. I apologize.
Ron HughesUnited States
An excellent tour and excellent guide. Very knowledgable and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ron. I enjoyed the day out with you too.
Randall NishimiUnited States
Prompt. Very knowledgeable about area and history. Flexible planning.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Randall. It was a great pleasure to spend the day with you.
We highly recommend Stefan as tour guide! We came to Iceland for our wedding and Stefan made our stay perfect. We booked an extended Golden Circle Tour and a tour to the Blue Lagoon for us and our 15 guests. Stefan organized a small mini bus for the tours. He is a fine guy, very very friendly, funny and he knows many interesting facts and stories about Iceland and its people. It didn't feel like a guide was with us but a friend showing us his country. Thank you very much Stefan! We wish you alle the best!
Phantastic tour! We were all thrilled by the scenery and Stefan's commentary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ulrich :-) It was a great pleasure spending the day with you!
Sue C.United Kingdom
A very enjoyable and informative tour in a comfortable vehicle. Stefan went out of his way to make it a good day, and his local knowledge was much appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sue, it was a great pleasure to meet you.
It was a pleasure to take the Golden Circle Tour with Stefan - he was informative, accommodating and friendly and I would highly recommend him. We had a wonderful day, and in addition, he was kind enough to email some lovely pics to us as a memorable reminder of our day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen for your kind words, it was a true pleasure to spend the day with you :-)
William PerkinsUnited States
Stefan provided my wife and I a wonderful full day excursion to the areas of Gullfoss, Geysir and Pingvellir or better know as the Golden Circle. Stefan provided much insight about Iceland and the areas that we visited. Since we were there in the winter, he provided Thermal coveralls for our comfort while out of the car. Just a really nice person, I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the very nice words. I enjoyed your company too. Travel safely.
Jackie TurnerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jackie for the 5* rating! It was a true pleasure to spend time with you, your friend and your two sons. Travel safely.
Kenneth V.United States
We hired Stefan for a tour of the Golden Circle, and we would definitely recommend him. He is very experienced and professional. He was also very informative, great with the camera, eloquent, friendly, and a heck of a driver given the weather conditions we encountered during a portion of the tour. Iceland is beautiful, and Stefan made our trip memorable. Thank you Stefan for the memories and the beautiful pictures.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kenneth, it was a true pleasure :-). Better to drive safe than sorry in the winter blizzards in Iceland. Travel safely!
Nancy C.United States
Stefan was very knowledgeable. All 8 of us had an enjoyable experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy, I also enjoyed your company and showing you the sights in Iceland. Travel safely.
Neil FazakerleyUnited Kingdom
Hugely impressive range of knowledge - we particularly enjoyed Stefan throwing in some Icelandic current affairs as well as history and folklore.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neil, it was a great pleasure to show you and your friends from work around the sights in Iceland. All the best.
Nancy CameronUnited States
Elmer W.United States
Stephan was very knowledgeable about Iceland. He arrived on time and was able to get us to all the tour locations and we were able to avoid crowds at all locations. Rain caused some problems as we did not spend as much time at some locations. Stephan made up for this by showing us several things in Reyjavik. This tour was one of the high points in our cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elmer! It was a great pleasure.
Rosalyn BerlinUnited States
Guide very knowledgeable and personable. Good tour in the time allotted. Would use again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rosalyn! Travel safely.
Pam RhodesUnited States
Stefan was a very knowledgeable guide who provided our group with a great tour. We were able to see everything he promised we would see. Everyone on our tour expressed their appreciation for the time he spent with us in Iceland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pam. You are wonderful.
An excellent driver and guide, pro-active for changes and suggestions to make the tour even better in timing and avoiding big groups or busy places, very well-informed and open, leaving time for living the moment and appreciating the gorgeous scenery, keeping a very good balance between pace and quality time. Does other kinds of tours too, like the cycling and segway tours. His English is really fluently spoken, unlike others. The microphone set is excellent. Absolutely recommended !
David D.United States
The van was nice and roomy and comfortable. Stephan tells some interesting Viking tales. We had a very rainy day, but appreciated the offer of an extra rain coat for one of us. Stephan was prompt and kind and courteous. We liked that he had a microphone in the van for sharing information about the sites. It made it easy for all of us to hear. The tour we took involved a lot of driving, and we were asked not to eat in the van. Would have been nice to have had more access to food and drinks during that time
Martin KatzUnited States
Stefan knows Iceland like the back of his own hand. He is super-friendly, organized, flexible, patient. Cannot say enough good things about this guy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wonderful comments Martin, thank you! Now I have a lot to live up to :-) It was a great pleasure to spend a few days with all of you.
Karen Burgess-KohnUnited States
I would highly recommend Stefan as he is very knowledgeable and also very humorous. He kept the pace at a reasonable level so that we could see everything but not find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day. Really liked stopping at some small local stores for a break and refreshments. Stefan urged us to try the Icelandic candy and we did, delicious!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen, thank you so much for this wonderful review :-)
Peter DufournyUnited States
You don't have enough stars for Stephan's tour. Even in miserable weather, he was friendly, entertaining and thoughtful. Ask him to recount one of the Icelandic saga's when you take his tour. Priceless!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Peter, it was a great pleasure to show you around :-)
We thoroughly enjoyed our private Golden Circle tour for 7 people with Stephan. He suggested a 6:00 pm start since late in May there would be daylight and fewer crowds. It worked out perfectly. We were at the Geiser, national park and waterfalls almost by ourselves. He was knowledgeable and humorous and the 6 hours flew by. We would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Karen. I enjoyed your company too :-) Travel safely.
A great tour Stefan took me where I wanted to go and when I wanted to go there if your going to Iceland you want Stefan to guide you an expert when it comes to the island its people and it geography .and a pleasure to be with he even has a Segway business and convinced me to give it a try.it was great. I enjoyed it so much Im going back sooner than later I was there for four days but next time I would go longer its a small island but theres lots to see. Thanks again Stefan from one happy Canadain
Chor Wooi YuMalaysia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chor for the 5-star vote of approval. I really enjoyed traveling with you and look forward to see more Malaysians like you on my tours. Travel safely!
Randall F.United States
We had a limited time in Reykjavic, and wanted to hit all the highlights in that short time. Stefan put together a great tour and was very knowledgeable about each of the sites. His English is excellent, so he was easy to understand. We had a great time and got to see what we wanted of Iceland!
Tricia B.United States
During our Oct 2013 trip to Iceland Stefan was our private guide. In short, Stefan was excellent. He was helpful in planning activities and also quite accommodating as our schedule changed a bit during our visit. He is very knowledgeable of Iceland and interesting activities. We purchased five tours: Reykjavik City; Golden Circle; Reykjanes Peninsula, South Coast and Northern Lights. All tours were fun and interesting. His flexibility and adaptability to our needs was most helpful. Thank you Stefan !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Tricia and Nick, Thank you so much for the very positive review. I am most honoured that you chose me to show you around Iceland for a few days. Keep on travelling and travel safely! Stefan
Jenny BrownUnited States
Stefan was a wonderful guide. He was extremely knowledgable on every aspect of Icelandic history/culture/politics. He's had many years of education and it shows in his thoughtful answers. The Golden Circle tour was a fun way to see Iceland outside of Reykjavik. Stefan gave helpful commentary, answered questions, and then let us roam on our own at the waterfall and geysers, which was perfect. We never felt rushed. An excellent, excellent tour!
Ward DillUnited States
We took the Golden Circle tour with Stefan in his jeep with another couple. He picked us up at hotel and gave us a rich description of the history, geology, culture, and industry of Iceland. He was very responsive to our questions, very proud and protective of Iceland's natural resources, and gave us plenty of time to explore each venue after his guiding introduction to what was of interest for us to see. The experience was perfect for us. Regards, Ward Dill
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you thank you! It was a great plasure to show you a part of Iceland.
Stefan was on time for both parts of our tour. The vehicle was very comfortable. He knows a lot about the history, geology, culture, climate etc. of Iceland. He took whatever time was needed at various stops along the way, whether it is for an explanation, a photo, a bio break or whatever. His English is perfect. I would recommend Stefan very highly to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom, it was a great pleasure to spend some time with you.
Diana LaierUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It was a great pleasure to show you a part of my country.
Diana HeinleUnited States
Stefan was a wonderful tour guide and adjusted the usual tour to allow us time to tour the Hellisheidarvirkjun geothermal power plant. It was fascinating to see all the ways the geothermal energy is heating homes, businesses, water, and producing electricity. Then we were off to see geysers, falls, discuss the history of Iceland, the parliament plain, the geology and environment of Iceland. We ended at the Blue Lagoon where we enjoyed a massage. Lovely day
Nicky FoxUnited Kingdom
Our guide, Stefan, made our holiday! He was very knowledgable ,accommodating and had a great sense of humour. Would certainly recommend him to get the most from a fist visit to Iceland . Fox family and Whitaker crew ,march 2013.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys! Great group, great weather and northern lights :-) Glad to contribute to your holiday in Iceland. Travel safely.
Stephen LauxUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour and information from Stefan. We know a lot more than we would have if we had done this tour on our own. It might be a good idea to have a better plan for lunch, ie know what we were doing at the start although what we had was fine. It was great to have time to do this tour but in our own timeframe
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Stephen, I enjoyed your company very much. As for lunch, there are seven options along this route ranging from hot dogs to a hotel buffet. All are acceptable but none is gourmet quality like the restaurants you got to know in Reykjavik. In the past I've stopped at the nearest place when people get hungry, and in a place that is not overcrowded. From now on I will place more emphasis on the lunch stop and introduce the options at the start.
John McNeillUnited States
The tour is great and Stefan reallty knows his business. You will not be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John! I really enjoyed meeting you and to show you some of my favorite places in Iceland :-)
Jeanny BergesUnited States
Stefan was an excellent tour guide. With his expertise, we were able to enjoy and learn about the beautiful Iceland. I will recommend him without hesitation.
Chris KenneyUnited States
Stefan was terrific. He took our family on a tour of Iceland that was just amazing. He was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to be with. If you are looking for something to do in Reykjavik please contact him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris. You've got a wonderful family. I really enjoyed showing you the sights. All the best. Stefan
Robert SellersUnited States
Stefan was wonderful. I would highly recommend him. He is highly knowledgeable, professional and very good company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert, it was a true pleasure to meet you and to have the opportunity to show you a part of my country. Travel safely. Stefan
We found the tour conducted by Stefan very interesting and informative. As a party of eight it was the ideal way to visit the Golden Circle of Iceland as a shore excursion from our ship and Stefan's driving and contribution was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
Despite driving rain on the second day, Stefan's tour was very informative and interesting. I would strongly recommend his tour services to anyone else looking for a private tour in Iceland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew! It was a true pleasure to show you around my country. When it rains one has to get on with it and make the best of the situation. You had particularly bad luck the day we travelled together.
Robin RylanderUnited States
Our guide, Stefan, was terrific. The area we saw was spectacular, and we would do the tour again without question, hoping for better weather. The 4 rating rather than 5 is due to the van used on this tour being awkward to get on and off when your place is the rear seat. In case you wonder, we are neither overweight nor elderly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robin for writing such a positive review about my service. I enjoyed showing you my country. It is true, the Ford Econolines which probably are the most common people movers in the US, are a little difficult to enter / exit if you're sitting on one of the two last benches at the back of the vehicle. I will keep this in mind next time I buy a new vehicle.
Scott HarrisUnited States
Stefan was an outstanding tour guide, one of the best we've had. He took into consideration what we wanted to see and how much time we had and adjusted the tour accordingly.
Roy WalthallUnited States
Guide was patient and knowledgable and very interesting.
Bob ShulmanUnited States
We had an excellent tour with a lot of extras! Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Iceland is a breathtaking country!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob for taking the time to write this comment. Safe and happy travels. Stefan
Jennifer CarlsonUnited States
Stefan was amazing! He worked with our family to make our day enjoyable for the adults and our 6 year-old. His knowledge is unsurpassed and his stellar reputation has been well earned. His flexibility allowed us to explore more thoroughly the things that interested us (including some things off the beaten path) while continuing to move at a pace that left us feeling we had Iceland virtually to ourselves. Thanks for making such wonderful memories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you even more for being such great guests :-)
John LynchUnited Kingdom
Our tour was the best possible introduction to Iceland that one could expect. Stefan's company was friendly, patient and welcoming, the conversation was enjoyable, amusing and enlightening, and he gave us just the right amount of personal space to be together as a family from time to time. We appreciated it all, and were so impressed with his knowledge of the landscape (which was spectacular to look at) and the history of Iceland. A terrific day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John, it was a great pleasure to spend time with you and your family. Tell Toby and Eva hello. Stefan
Matthew PhillipsUnited Kingdom
Excellent guide, superb knowledge of the entire island and went out of his way to accommodate any questions or things we wanted to do. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Matt for taking the time to write this complimenting review. All the best to you and Sadie. I enjoyed your company too.
Frank HayduUnited States
Our guide, Stefan, was wonderful. His knowledge of the country --present and history--was so informative. He was very sensitive to what we would like to know and see. He provided us with a view of his country that was both personal and historical. We simply could not have had a better experience. I am not comfortable with heights --Stefan was so non-judgemental and determined to give us the best experience he could with my reservations in mind. It was an amazing experience. Nancy and Frank Haydu
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frank and Nancy - it was a great pleasure to show you a part of my country. Travel safely.
Anthony FowkesUnited States
Stephan was at the dock waiting for us with a sign with our names. We could not have had a better guide. He showed us everything we wanted to see and more. He has unlimited knowledge of Iceland, past and present. All four of us enjoyed that day with Stephan more than any other on the cruise. I would highly recommend Stephan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Anthony for taking the time to write a review, and for the kind words! It was a true pleasure and great priviledge to show you a part of my native country Iceland. I wish you all happy travels in near and distant future.
Jay CapleUnited States
My family is ending a special trip for my daughter's graduation. We have had tours in Scotland, Shetland Islands, Iceland & Ireland. I can say, without hesitation, that our day with Stefan around Reykjavik was our VERY BEST! We had good directions, information, exact timing and Stefan even went so far as to take pictures with his camera and will e-mail them to me. Couldn't have asked for more. We had a chance to meet his family & he treated us like family and friends. It was a day we will never forget!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jay, Thank you for the excellent review. People like you make my job most enjoyable which, I guess, is why I've been in the business for 23 years already - and still love my job! All the best to you and all in your lovely family ;-)
Elaine KleinUnited States
We had an excellent trip with Stefan. He customized the tour so we would have time to shop in the afternoon, so he was very flexible. He speaks English very well and is extremely knowledgeable. We learned quite a bit about Iceland, its politics, geography, energy sources and the culture. He recommended excellent restaurants. We would definitely have Stefan guide us again on our next trip to Iceland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elaine, it was a great pleasure to show you around my part of the world !
Kyoko LinUnited States
My husband and I took two tours with Stefan, this Golden Circle Route and the Northern Lights Surprise, and we cannot say enough wonderful things about Stefan -- incredibly knowledgeable and informative about Iceland, Icelanders and what we were seeing, helpfully accommodating given our tight schedule, and always willing to go the extra mile to make our experience special. This is our first time with "Tours by Locals", and Stefan has set a very high bar. We would join Stefan on any tour in a heartbeat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Kyoko! Glad to have met you. Stefan