There were mountains, valleys, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, lupins, lava fields, waterfalls, puffins, aggressive arctic terns, trolls (!?), fjords and daylight galore. We got roasted, frozen, soaked, shaken, awestruck, fed like royalty, blizzarded (!), not much sleep, lowered 120 metres down into a volcano* and generally had a wonderful exciting time.
We toured the whole island. Each day was a long walk or long drive with walks in between, so we saw and experienced a good deal of the country. We often had no idea what was coming next. The camping took me a little getting used to as I hadn`t camped in over 35 years (!) and the campsites were of variable quality but the group of 16 bonded well and everyone helped each other. The weather was varied but we did get warm sunshine as well as rain at sea level and of course snow further up in the mountains. The mountain and glacier treks were for me at first quite scary if I looked down but Kristian gave me the confidence to do things I wouldn`t otherwise think I could do, although some of the group were more experienced and quite happy in these conditions. The views were always spectacular. We would often not get back to camp till late then he would cook a lovely meal for us. He said Icelanders don`t sleep so much in the summer to make up for the long winter nights.
Reykjavik is a lovely quirky city with lots to see and was not too expensive to go out in.
In addition I enjoyed the company and support of professional photographer Sue Bishop who helped us all no matter what level of skill or camera we had. She was patient and always constructive in her comments.
I would definitely recommend spectacular Iceland to anyone and this trip is the best way I could find to experience it.
*PS, this excursion inside the volcano was booked separately from the trip and was done on the last free day. It was not offered by Exodus in the trip notes.