The Iceland Guy                            

My  Saga

Since 1999, among family, friends, and even casual acquaintances, I have become known as "The Iceland Guy", because of my frequent travels to Iceland, my enthusiasm for the country and its citizens, and my cheerful assistance for those planning a trip there.

I was encouraged to make my first visit to Iceland in March, 1999, by two specific events:

First, I read an article about favorite destinations of seasoned travelers, particularly their descriptions of why particular places were so special to them and what compelled then to return again and again. I did not have such a place and I wanted to find one.

Second, I heard a radio ad touting an incredible bargain called "Midweek Madness", where, for $299 you could get a three-day, two-night package trip to Iceland, including airfare, hotel, and breakfast. And, with Iceland only a 6-hour non-stop flight away from the East Coast, the same as flying to California, what wasn't to like and try.

On that whirlwind three-day trip I saw the classic Icelandic attractions Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss (collectively, the "Golden Circle"), the Blue Lagoon, and such south coast highlights as Jokullsàrlòn glacial lake, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, and Vatnajõkull glacier. My passion for Iceland was born.

Later that year in October, I returned for the first Iceland Airwaves music festival held in an old airplane hangar at the Reykjavik city airport. In addition to some great music, I also experienced the exhilarating weekend party scene in Reykjavik.

Since that first visit, I have returned to Iceland over three dozen times to explore more of the beautiful and magical places, to re-connect with old friends there and to make new ones. Iceland never disappoints and there is always another adventure to be had at the next fork in the road. I hope that you enjoy this web site and if there is anything I can do to help you plan your visit, please feel free to contact me.

John Spencer

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