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Where do we start? Firstly a big thank you to Tours By LOCALS and Our Tribe Travels for giving us the opportunity to explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula, of Iceland, with our fantastic guide Dofri.
To give you a bit of our background, we are a family of 4 (Steve, Nay, Betty (4) and Nancy (1) from the UK. We have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively across the globe; mainly backpacking, camping and we are always on the look out for a local experience. We have visited Iceland before we had the children, in fact we actually got engaged there a lifetime ago! We decided to go back to Iceland as we loved it during our first visit, we wanted to explore a bit more and see the Country in a different season.
“Once we made contact with our guide for the day, Dofri, the communication was very smooth, queries were answered quickly and efficiently.”
First impressions of Tours By LOCALS
Prior to hearing about the competition we had never heard of Tours By LOCALS, . We had come up with a similar idea ourselves whilst travelling the world so obviously we thought it was a brilliant organisation, a really fantastic opportunity to get a local experience even in a well trodden country, which is what we always strive to find. We were excited by it.
We were really shocked and excited to find out we had won the competition! Once we made contact with our guide for the day, Dofri, the communication was very smooth, queries were answered quickly and efficiently.
Dofri collected us from our campsite at a time that suited us. He was friendly and informative and above all very engaging with our young daughters.
Dofri told stories of trolls, for entertainment and to the delight of Betty. We also made a special visit to a family run farm, which both girls loved, meeting Icelandic horses, goats, rabbits and chickens.
It was made clear to us that the itinerary for the day was flexible and completely up to us. Whilst Dofri was ensuring we were happy, he was also planning the next exciting surprise/adventure for us all to enjoy! This included a totally unexpected lamb BBQ overlooking a beautiful waterfall, which we all agreed was possibly the best lamb we had ever tasted.
The day was long, we visited many great waterfalls and beaches. Dofri’s vehicle was super comfortable and spacious with plenty of snacks to keep both the children and adults happy! (Rum laced hot chocolate, adults only, totally delicious and just what was needed to keep the cold out!!)
“Whilst Dofri was ensuring we were happy, he was also planning the next exciting surprise/adventure for us all to enjoy! This included a totally unexpected lamb BBQ overlooking a beautiful waterfall, which we all agreed was possibly the best lamb we had ever tasted.”
Throughout the day conversation with Dofri was easy. He was knowledgeable about the places we visited, especially about the geology of the country which we found very interesting. We even discussed the trials and tribulations of turning 40 which was enlightening!!
Our highlight was visiting the ‘Black Pearl Beach’ which was beautiful and so peaceful! We even were lucky enough to have 10 minutes without another single person on the beach which made it particularly special, In Iceland, even in April this is not so easy!!
“As independent travellers taking a guided tour is not something we would usually do, but Tours By LOCALS is definitely something we would look into for future trips.”
Overall it was a fantastic day, based on our experience we would highly recommend Tours By LOCALS and especially Dofri our guide for the day! As independent travellers taking a guided tour is not something we would usually do but Tours By LOCALS is definitely something we would look into for future trips.
Tours By LOCALS are offering Our Tribe Travels members $20 discount off any tour.
This code needs to be redeemed by the end of December 2018, but your booked tour can be taken after this date.
WHO ARE TOURS BY LOCALS?
Launched in 2008, Tours By LOCALS provides private tours for travellers through their carefully selected network of local tour guides, each of whom is keen to share their knowledge, experience and expertise. It’s a great way to discover places that are off the beaten track and experience what a city has to offer through the eyes of a local.
THE TOURS BY LOCALS EXPERIENCES ARE PERFECT FOR FAMILIES BECAUSE;
- The tour groups are small – perfect for one family which gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace.
- You can select the guide that you feel would best suit your family dynamics. To help you to choose you can read the guide’s profile, watch their video introductions and read their reviews.
- You can customise a tour to suit your family’s interests and the age of your children. The website allows you to liaise directly with your chosen guide to discuss your bespoke experience.
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