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Iceland fieldwork

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Iceland fieldwork
« on: July 13, 2014, 07:33:00 PM »
I'm hoping to arrange a trip to Iceland but would like to book with a company that someone recommends please? Also if anyone could suggest the best time to go? Thank you!

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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014, 08:30:38 PM »
Hi

I've been with Discover the World a fair few times now.  They are excellent - you can always tell the quality of a company when something goes wrong and they deal with it well.  We were stranded with 35 6th form only 8 miles from the erupting volcano in 2010 and they were superb.

I've been at Easter (can be amazing, can be very horrid weather, can be icy as hell!) and in the summer (more reliable, no ice, but it is Iceland).

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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 08:43:21 PM »
We are flying out on Saturday with 50 girls.  This will be my second trip with kids (both times at the end of term in July - weather changeable - hail to sunshine in one day!).  Also been twice alone (summer and October) - summer days mean ou can do more in the extended daylight and actuall still feel fairly awake!

I've travelled with Rayburn and Discover the World, both abslutely excellent.  Trying to book our next trip and I have been most pleased with those companies ho have a location specialist to talk too, some have put me through to my local area rep who couldn't answer a single question I had - I know which companies I'll be moving forwards with!
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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 08:54:46 AM »
I've used Discover the World in the past and have had an excellent experience.  One thing to note about Iceland is that it is getting increasingly busy, especially at Oct and Feb half term. As a result, some of the accommodation and main sites are starting to lose their 'wild' feel. Having said that, it's still an excellent place to visit and I've booked our next school trip there already.
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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 03:16:59 PM »
Hi

Good luck with the trip

I have always found Discover the World to be very expensive compared to others but have used them once and was impressed with the service.

I used Rayburn once who were also very organised and helpful

The past three times I have used Halsbury and would highly recomend them.  I felt that I had far more freedom to dictate my own itinerary and they were far more accomodating at tring to make the activities I wanted to fit in and and work.  Also they always manage to beat the other two on price. 

If you have a bit of experince of the location then I would recomentd Halsbury, if not then either of the other two as a safe starting point.

Give me a shout if you want any help or advice.

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 05:52:03 PM »
Hi,
I got back on Sunday from our first ever school trip to Iceland. We had an amazing time and I would definitely recommend it. I decided to go with Izzy tours as I had seen them recommended in this forum. We were very impressed with them and will book with them again.

They are smaller company and were very happy to personalise the tour to make sure we did everything we wanted to. David who runs the company had lots of ideas to get the most out of our time there. The price was very competitive and would have been more expensive with some of the other companies. The accommodation and food were excellent and far superior to what you normally get on a school trip. We had a guesthouse all to ourselves which was perfect and had a beautiful view of the coast. Plus the staff got their own rooms!

The tour guide was an ex teacher and was superb with the students. They adored him and learnt so much. He was even able to arrange cakes for 2 birthday girls! The tour company also have Icelandic staff there if needed.

The students said it was the best school trip they had ever been on!
The weather was rather wet but the long day light was a definite plus.
If you'd like to see some pics or want some information let me know.
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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2014, 06:50:24 PM »
Thank you Kate for the feedback.

Welcome to the forum, by the way!

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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2014, 07:13:56 PM »
Thank you!

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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2014, 07:24:34 PM »
I'd love to see pictures of Iceland. I won't be taking children there, but I do like a bit of Icelandic crime novel...
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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2014, 07:30:22 PM »
A spot of Arnaldur Indriðason perhaps ?
Here's some pictures I took a few years back https://www.flickr.com/photos/geographypages/sets/72157625295348552/
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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2014, 08:06:02 PM »
A spot of Arnaldur Indriðason perhaps ?
Here's some pictures I took a few years back https://www.flickr.com/photos/geographypages/sets/72157625295348552/
Ooh, love the pictures Alan. The one of the petrol station is very Næturvaktin! And Spongebob!

Arnaldur, yes - also Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Read one of her horror-style ones last summer in Denmark in this little wooden house miles from anywhere - scared me stupid!

I really must convince my wife she wants to go to Iceland...
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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2014, 08:24:07 PM »
Been with Discover the World several times but now go with Izzy Tours and will be sticking with them. Great organisation and superb guide.

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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2014, 11:46:07 AM »
Been with Discover the World & Izzy tours. Both were very good. Izzy tours are happy to arrange whatever you want to do & were very good in dealing with some problems with sulphurous gases and earthquakes under the glacier. I felt reassured that the guide knew what he was doing and was taking safety seriously but at the same time wanting to make sure we had a great time - which we did.

My advice is to book early - even if it is just provisionally, as Iceland has become even busier since I was there two years ago & it seems to just be growing in popularity.

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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2014, 12:18:34 PM »

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Re: Iceland fieldwork
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2014, 09:16:32 AM »
Thanks all! There seems to be a lot of consensus which is good!!