Short version: I can't say enough good things about our family experience with Solstice Tours. We booked Jon F for a private guide for 2.5 days and it was the highlight of our week in Iceland. Hands-down the best vacation experience we've had as a family and we owe it all to Jon. Don't hesitate and don't bother reading any more reviews as I read them all, go reserve Jon now as your private guide before he's booked up!
Longer Version: After many weeks of research on trip advisor, we chose Jon F of Solstice tours for a private guide for our family of four - two kids both under 12 years old. I have experience traveling to other countries and booking private guides but nothing has come close to the experience we had with Solstice in Iceland. Jon was the perfect guide for our family, he was easy-going, flexible, patient and amazing with our kids. My son was sad on the last day because he didn't want our time with Jon to end. Jon made sure to come prepared each day with a clean vehicle, free wifi, plenty of water and a great plan for what to see each day - yet he kept it collaborative and flexible to ensure we got the most out of our time with him. As he got to know our family and our interests, he made several suggestions for improvised changes to where we might want to go and what we might want to see - and each suggestion was perfect. We saw all the usual sights, golden circle, south shore, glaciers & black sand beaches (my favorite) while still having time for some of Jon's "secret" locations that I can't list - need to protect his best material. In addition to suggesting great sights, Jon helped with our family photography, suggesting the best photo spots and even took some of the best photos of our family we have ever seen - it helps that he was a former artist. He also made sure to hang back and give us time to be alone as a family - something many guides do not understand. And when we were ready to leave any site, he dropped everything to get us moving. On top of all this, Jon was fantastic with our kids. He connected with them, made the trip fun and educational - and made sure they were engaged in the tour and had a say in the daily plans. My son now wants to be a geologist thanks to the lessons Jon shared with him. The best part of this experience, was that Jon did all the work and we did not have to worry about where to go, what sights to see in which order and how to get there. Solstice is a small company focused on personalized service - something the big tour providers cannot offer. So my suggestion is to stop reading any more reviews and to go book Job from Solstice right now - you won't regret it!
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