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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Benjamin DrosmanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Benjamin for the five stars. I had fun with you and Anne too :-)
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.
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.
Nadezhda AndreevaUnited States
A wonderful guide and such a great day!
Gydell WellsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the 5* rating! I had a great time with you too.
Catherine Zurncapistrano beach, CA, United States
Stefan was a wealth of knowledge on the areas in this tour. He is very personable and seems to know everyone at the sites we went to. A special touch was his capturing photos and videos of our experience and giving us a copy to go along with the photos we had taken. The rainbow at the waterfall was captivating. We also enjoyed meeting Olaf at his volcano exhibit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Catherine, it was a true pleasure. Glad you enjoyed the photos.
Lisa ReinmannUnited States
Stefan was great! He was knowledgeable and used a speaker headset in the car so we heard everything well. A well planned itinerary but was open to changing based on our desire to glacier walk. We ended up at Vik and the black sand beach at night but it was still fun. Stefan was extremely personal, he took pictures, helped with camera settings. He even shared info on how to track clouds for NL searches! Recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa, I really enjoyed your company too and I'm glad you enjoyed Iceland. Travel safely. Stefan
Stefan was a fantastic guide. Super accommodating and entertaining. On the longer drives he told us stories and folklore from Iceland. His tour was rich in local information that we never would be able to get from a travel book. I would highly recommend his tours to anyone travelling to Iceland. Job well done Stefan!! Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Melanie, it was a great pleasure to travel with you :-)
Ed ConnerKaty, TX, United States
Our visit to Iceland from August 30 to September 7. Stefan was the GREATEST person guide we have ever had. He had an overwhelming knowledge about hundreds of sites and history of Iceland. While driving, he used his speaker system in his van to enlighten all of us with copious details. On all of our other tours, we felt the guide did their job. With Stefan, he went above and beyond our expectations and we feel we found a new friend in Iceland and we are eager to return. We recommend Stefan to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ed, thank you so much for this amazing review! I think when the guide is good then the guests are equally good :-). It was a great pleasure to show you a small part of my country.
Gary SpectorUnited States
He was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Everything went according to plan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gary, it was a great pleasure to show you the sights. Travel safely!
Gilbert HayatUnited States
Excellent friendly reliable Called us at night to go and see the northern lights successfully. The only one hour window during our stay when it was possible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gilbert for the 5*. I appreciate. It was a true pleasure to show you a part of my country. Travel safely.
Andrew RoseUnited Kingdom
Stefan is a charming, knowledgeable guide who really made our iceland experience special. We had two full days with him and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour as well as his company. He drove through some horrendous weather conditions and we felt completely confident with his driving ability. We would not hesitate to recommend him. An excellent tour guide - in fact probably the best we have used through tours by locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Andrew for the kind words. I enjoyed your company too and you have a lovely family. Glad to have been of help with driving and guiding. Happy travels.
Maria SierraUnited States
The tour was terrific. Stefan was great and very knowledgeable. We highly recommend him. Thanks for making our visit a memorable one. Regards, Maria Sierra
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maria, it was a great pleasure to meet you.
Brenda HarrisUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Stefan. We saw so many things in a very long day, but Stefan was great with all of our requests. He was informative and knowledgeable and spoke great English. Thanks for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you too Brenda!
John McNeillUnited States
Susan WoollenUnited States
The tour I took with Stefan was absolutely wonderful. Too often, expectations are too high - but not this time. Stefan conveyed a wealth of information about Iceland's magnificent geology, as well as the patience to let one take in each and every beautiful sight. From the ancient sea cliffs, to the black sand shores, to the valley glaciers, volcanoes, and Glacier Lagoon and the sea strewn with ice, the tour gave me the unrushed opportunity to experience what truly makes Iceland so unique and so special!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan for taking the time to write this wonderful review! It was a true pleasure to meet you, and to get the opportunity to show you one of the most beautiful parts of my country. Travel safely!
Jeff DauberUnited States
We found Stefan to be very professional, extremely knowledgeable, and very pleasant. He made our trip to Iceland a truly memorable experience. Thank you Stefan....Jeff
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeff, it was a true pleasure!
Yevgeny LitvakUnited States
Simply the best guide we've ever had! I can't say enough about how nice, professional and knowledgeable Stefan was on our tour. When we come back to Iceland and we will-we know who to call. Thanks Stefan for the greatest time in Iceland. Gene and Ranka
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gene and Ranka for this most flattering review:-). It was a great pleasure to travel with you and I hope to see you again in Iceland sometime.
Stefan was a wonderful guide and tour leader. He was reliable, knowledgeable, conscientious and went out of his way to fulfill our wishes. His experience made this trip a fabulous experience for all of us and we very much appreciated his attention to details.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bryan for the wonderful review. It was an absolute pleasure to show you and your lovely family a part of my country.
Frank HayduUnited States
Our comments are the same as in the previous evaluation we have sent. Stefan was terrific.