Adventurer of the Week: Bobby Changes Deserts

Welcome to our “Adventurer of the Week” series! Each week we feature individuals that were inspired to make every moment an experience in Iceland by going out on epic tours with us that allowed them to interact with nature.


This week's instalment of our "Adventurer of the Week" series tells the story of Bobby, who left a hot desert (his home of Abu Dhabi) and changed it for a cold desert (Iceland). He did a glacier walk with us and it’s safe to say he rather enjoyed himself. 


What motivated you to visit Iceland? 

My girlfriend and I live in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As you can imagine it is quite hot here and we wanted a cold snowy holiday. Also many of our friends who have visited Iceland have said amazing things about the place, and so we wanted to see for ourselves. 


How long was your stay? 

Our stay was 5 days and it was just the two of my girlfriend and I travelling together.

Which tour did you take and why did you choose it? 

We choose Icelandic Mountain Guides for our Glacier Walk Tour for a number of reasons. Firstly they were recommended by friends and by the adventure booking shop in Reykjavik. Secondly they had amazing reviews on trip advisor.


What is one thing you will always remember about your tour? 

I will always remember my phone shutting down on the glacier because it was so cold. My girlfriend and I were devastated as we wanted some photos to remember how amazing the tour was. Then our guide Reynir offered to take some photos on his phone and he mailed them on to us after the tour. He was an incredible guide. He gave us so much interesting and often humorous information about the glacier, Iceland, other tours, etc. He did a great job! 

What is something that you learned about Iceland that surprised you? 

I learned that over 90% of the houses in Iceland are heated using geothermal heat extracted from the ground. That was pretty cool.

If you had more time in Iceland, what else would you like to see and do? 

I would like to go back and snorkel between the two continental plates but we didn’t have time. That said, the glacier walk was one of the best tours I’ve done on any holiday and I travel a lot. 

He gave us so much interesting and often humorous information about the glacier, Iceland, other tours, etc. He did a great job! 


What tips do you have for people who want to visit Iceland? 

Bring lots of socks. The toes get cold so easily. Also be prepared to pay 25 Euro for any standard meal…it is an expensive country. That said, the holiday was worth every penny. Also rent a car and’s such a beautiful place.


What adventure are you off to next? What is your next dream adventure?

In the summer we are going to South America for two months and we are going to take a trip down to Patagonia while we are there to continue our Ice Adventures!


Bobby’s adventure is only one of the many features that make for an unforgettable experience. Book your tour and join us for an excursion that is guaranteed to make memories that last a lifetime.  

Have you been on a tour with us in Iceland and would like to be featured as an “Adventurer of the Week”? Feel free to email Jewells at [email protected].

About the Author

Joseph Mattos-Hall

Joseph Mattos-Hall

Hailing from London and born into a British/Brazilian/Italian household, Joseph came to Iceland originally to complete a master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland: the rest is history.

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