Rover of the Month: Akash Does Essential Iceland
Welcome to our first Rover of the Month!
Our “Rovers” are those who have decided to explore Iceland their own way, at their own pace. Akash Mehta joined us on our “Essential iceland” tour, where he even got on top of a glacier! We caught up with him after he got home, and he had all this to say about his experience with us.
What motivated you to visit Iceland?
It's a year-round place that, for me, is undiscovered. I lived in London my whole life and I have never even been to Iceland once: so I definitely need to start going more! It's also not too far at all from London. It's always been on the bucket list, especially the northern lights. I have always dreamed of going, but I never got around to booking it. I also really wanted an adventure; and for adventure, Iceland seemed like the perfect place.
How long was your stay? Did you travel solo or with a group?
I visited Iceland for 4 days and I was traveling with a friend.
Which tour did you take and why did you choose it?
We wanted a full day tour, so we took the “Essential Iceland” tour with Iceland Rovers. This took us to Thingvellir National park, to the top of the glacier Langjökull (second largest ice cap in Iceland) and then down into a lava cave.
This was great, because were able to get to the top of the glacier in a car, and we got to see a waterfall. For us though, the main highlight was the tour guide, he was so friendly and he was always willing to pull over and stop if we wanted to see something, and just generally really accommodating. For me, the interaction with the tour guide was the biggest selling point.
What is one thing you will always remember about your tour?
Being on top of the glacier was really cool, that was by far the most memorable part. Even though the weather wasn't the best, it's still looks beautiful when it rains.
The main highlight was the tour guide, he was so friendly and he was always willing to pull over and stop if we wanted to see something, and just generally really accommodating
What is something that you learned about Iceland that surprised you?
I didn't realise the weather could be so changeable, I was really surprised by that. I know somebody that was in different part of the country to me; she sent me photos and the condition were completely different, and much sunnier. I was also pleasantly surprised by how friendly everybody was and how clearly proud they were to be Icelandic they were.
Perhaps the thing that surprised the most was that when I saw Iceland, it was the closest thing to my vision of what it's like to be on the moon. When you go there you can see so many different types of terrain and views. It's the kind of trip where you can go for 5 days and feel like you have seen five different countries.
If you had more time in Iceland, what else would you like to see and do?
I didn't get to go around the Golden Circle, I would love to see the glacier lagoon, the black beaches, and do a few more whale watching tours because I really wanted to see an Orca. I would like also next time to go to a few more hidden places that are not so on the map, something which is less well-known.
What tips do you have for people who want to visit Iceland?
Come for a bit longer than a couple of days, because then it will be easier to see more, by not travelling to Reykjavik via day trips. Book everything before you go form a respectable company. Try and stick with the same company because that way, you can gain more focus and clarity. I found myself getting a bit confused going between all the different companies and tours.
Plan your restaurants, look up where to eat, there are a lot great places in reykjavik and it can be hard to choose. Iceland is not, for me, a relaxing kind of holiday, you should be prepared to do a bunch of exciting, active things. Hope for good weather, and dress up warm.
Iceland has been one of my top 5 places in the world, and I have been to quite a few places. It's a place where I would like to spend a lot of time. Once you stay for a little while, you just have to come back, because there is so much to see.
What adventure are you off to next? What is your next dream adventure?
I am trying to get some people on board to come back to Iceland actually, to see all the things I missed! I really want to go to Greenland also, that would be great.
When he is not roaming around faraway lands, Akash is a professional musician: you can listen to his tracks on his youtube channel, and keep with with his Shenanigans around the world on Instagram
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