Adventurer of the Week: Raviv Goes for the Treasure!
Welcome to our “Adventurer of the Week” series! Each week we will 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 Raviv, who joined us on our Treasure Trail tour over 6 days which covers the highlights of Iceland, and then some!
What motivated you to visit Iceland?
The biggest motivation to go to Iceland came from a friend that planned to go there but still didn't got around to do it. I have traveled to many countries but mostly with a tropical setting, never in cold climate.
What I found fascinating in Iceland was all the contrasting natural wonders it has to offer; volcanic and geologically active features so close to the Arctic Circle, but most of all I was intrigued to figured how people manage to live in difficult conditions.
How long was your stay? Did you travel solo or with a group?
I travelled for 13 days. For the longer distance travels, I organised day tours because I don´t drive and I prefer to have a local guide with me that knows the area intimately.
The tour was really good because of Sigríður our guide who started the tour with a smile and left me with a big smile as well at the end. Her vast knowledge and passion regarding the places she took us was truly the best feature of the tour.
Which tour did you take and why did you choose it?
I took the "Treasure Trail" tour for 6 days. I chose it because it was the most comprehensive tour I could have taken in the short time I had and after taking into consideration how quickly the tours fill up, especially in low season.
What is one thing you will always remember about your tour?
In one of the days we came across some bad weather so our guide took us to see a movie about the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in the visitor center. I was so impressed with the brave spirit the locals showed and the initiative they took to not give up but rather re-build their homes and community.
But the tour was really good because of Sigríður our guide who started the tour with a smile and left me with a big smile as well at the end. Her vast knowledge and passion regarding the places she took us was truly the best feature of the tour. That made a world of difference, as I am a person who likes to ask about everything all the time.
What is something that you learned about Iceland that surprised you?
I was surprised by how much of their land is privately owned and how little is government land. I also love the fact that everyone can dig a hole and set a jacuzzi for himself in the middle of a frozen wasteland. The fact that you can have tomatoes in a greenhouse was by far the most amazing fact.
If you had more time in Iceland, what else would you like to see and do?
Since I havn't been t the east at all I would like to start there next time, especially since most of the attention is usually given to western and southern regions. I would liek to further explore the north. One of the nest and most interesting tours I took was cave exploration in the north, the Lofthellir cave, a particularly beautiful cave
What tips do you have for people who want to visit Iceland?
I think that th ebest advice in regards to iceland would be to plan! Acknowledge your limitations and embrace your adventages, so you are able to make the most of your time. I would also recomend coming in the summer, although I actually came in the beginning of October and the weather was comfortable for most of the time.
What adventure are you off to next? What is your next dream adventure?
My next adventure is probably Cuba and I hope to do it as soon as possible before it becomes an irreversible mass tourist destination.
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About the Author
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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