Lost World Adventures vs Icelandic Mountain Guides - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Recent Reviews

Super fun!

5.0 February 2019
a
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Super fun! First time here with our 1 year old son and he enjoyed it and it even made us feel like kids again since we were able to join him in the play area! Food was ok for the price. Surprised that the pizza tasted better than some cheap pizza shops. But overall we would definitely make the trip back to this place.
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Tour Lost World Adventures Company Reviews

Amazing place for both kids and adults alike

5.0 February 2019
C
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing place for both kids and adults alike. So many things to do. Can keep the kids boys for hours. They did an amazing job with the detail work.

Tour Lost World Adventures Company Reviews

THANK YOU!!!

5.0 September 2018
AM
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We were extremely happy with how each and every minor/major logistics were taken care of during our entire trip to Peru. Starting from the planning phase, Andrew and Garvey of Lost World were with us revising the itinerary multiple times until it met with our comfort level. This was our very first time of hiring a professional travel agency for organizing our vacation at the international location, so you can imagine the degree of anxiety we had about our trip at the beginning. Andrew kept assuring us that you will know as soon as you reach there that you are in good hands. That turned out to be true word-by-word. At every airport we were met with someone who was assigned to take us to the hotels, and each time the individual left only after making sure that we were all set. Throughout our trip we always find the people attending us (the guides, transfer and drivers) very prompt, professional and courteous. One problem we experienced though that many a times the individuals assigned to us were not very proficient in English. This was quite limiting but nevertheless was countered with the help of google translator and very enthusiastic personnel who were genuinely eager to help. The guides (Natalie in Sacred valley and Cusco; Sergio at the Matchu Pitchu) who went with us to various excursion tours were knowledgeable, entertaining and very very friendly. The cars were in really great conditions, roomy and very clean - in fact one of the drivers used to keep the black synthetic floors spotless by wiping our dusty footprints every single time we stepped out. The location of each hotel was prime, which was truly important for us particularly when we were on tight schedule and has no clue about the orientation of touristy hot spots and down town plazas. Perhaps this is unique to the south american setting, but we struggled a little with the 'Vouchers' - something that you paid for that does not go in to the system automatically when you check-in at the hotels. However, our escorts/hotel front desk people were very much aware of it and they helped us almost all of those time. All of the city tour tickets were booked and given to us as soon as we landed in Peru. I want to mention that we were moved by Carlos, our transfer guy in Cusco, who went over on each single thing included in our itinerary while we were driving from the airport to the hotel on our first day. He did that so sincerely while also telling us about the people/history and geography of Peru. I also remember, he wanted to accompany us up to the Vistadome train, but was stopped at the gate (and desperately argued with them to let him do that). Our food restrictions were varied -from nothing to vegan- it was addressed meticulously at the lodge in Amazon Forests, without us reminding them about it. Other places already had appropriate options in their menus. Our itinerary was not overwhelmingly busy - it had some leisure times and times for shopping or just walking around on our own carefully planted, which we liked the most. At one point, we needed to cancel one of the excursion while there at Matchu Pitchu pretty late in the night (due to some health issues; we were supposed to be at the bus stop terribly early AM), we reached out to the emergency contact number of Lost World and they promptly and rapidly helped us with it. We can go on and on to tell you how much we enjoyed the excellent services provided by Lost World - it only enhanced our appreciation of Peru in its entirety.
Thank you so much, we appreciate all your help and look forward to go on to the next vacation with you.
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Tour Lost World Adventures Company Reviews

Excellent day from start to finish

5.0 December 2017
MR
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent day from start to finish! Our guide Hendrich was a fountain of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm, fun and friendly - made a full day fly by in a flash yet packed so much in and got to spend quality time at each adventure experience/place. Highly recommended Iceland mountain guides for maximising time in this most beautiful country!
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Tour Icelandic Mountain Guides Company Reviews

Excellent

5.0 April 2016
HC
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nice team, we were loving and enjoying the activity in Iceland. Thanks.

Tour Icelandic Mountain Guides Company Reviews

Lacking Good Communication and Customer Service

1.0 March 2016
UC
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Review for 10 day Landmannalaugar Skógar Trek:
Pros: Website is easy to navigate and easy to book. Able to communicate with agents via email. Food was adequate.

Cons: Was charged twice for trip due to glitch in computer system. Was not informed of impending 7 day snow/rain/wind severe storm conditions until 10 minutes before trek began. Was not counseled the day before to pick up extra gear or make sure participants were well equipped for severe storm conditions. Equipment list had many things that were "recommended" or optional, but really should have been "required". No equipment check prior to trek by guide. IMG should have info guide include about chance of severe storms in summer time and what to expect/bring if that happens. Guide seemed inexperienced and ill-equipped for conditions we faced (ie emergency radio did not work, extra equipment). More than half the participants had to stop after 3 days of trekking due to bad weather and insufficient equipment to keep warm and dry. I am unsure of how many people completed the whole trek, likely none. Emergency services were called on first day of trek due to white out conditions. Unsure as to how IMG thought these conditions were safe to guide 10 people with a single guide who has minimal experience with how prepared their participants are. Guide also did little to raise spirits, discuss culture/food/landscape/geology of the region, discuss our concerns, give weather updates.

Upon calling IMG to discuss my concerns of unsafe travel and severe storm conditions, I was informed that severe weather did not warrant exchange or reimbursement of services. I could understand a couple days of bad weather, but 7 days of severe storms necessitating emergency services and more than half of the participants leaving for safety reasons is poor business practice. When I returned to Reykjavik, tour offices warned against going to the Landmannalaugar Skógar area as it was "unsafe". IMG denied exchange for a couple day trips in the unaffected areas.

My advice to anyone considering IMG trekking trips is to hope for good weather, bring more than you need for severe weather (think high sierras in the early spring), hope you get a better guide than we did, and don't be surprised if they aren't accommodating if things go wrong or putting your safety first.
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Tour Icelandic Mountain Guides Company Reviews

Tours 55 Trips 9 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 444 $ 251
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Europe
Known For
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
Headquarters Decatur, Georgia Reykjaví­k, Iceland
Year Established 1987 1994
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About Lost World Adventures

    Founded in 1987, Lost World Adventures offers private and customized trips to South and Central America and Antarctica.

    What Makes Lost World Adventures Stand Out?

    Lost World Adventures provides luxury trips in South America, for a discerning clientele.

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    Your guide will get to know you before beginning to plan your customized experience. If you want to have a relaxing beach vacation, they can arrange that. Or if you’d rather hike up the adrenaline, they are able to offer that as well.

    Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Lost World Adventures?

    Specializing in South America, Lost World Adventures provides a luxury travel experience in adventures destinations. This can seem like a dichotomy, but is the perfect fit for adventurous travelers who are still looking for a comfortable bed and a cocktail at the end of the day.

    Tours are catered, customized, and private - they can accommodate anyone from honeymooners to large family or friend groups. Lost World Adventures is best suited to those travels seeking a highly customized experience. If you have some pre-set ideas about what you want to see and do, you’ll enjoy working with Lost World Adventures - and you’ll know you’re making the most of the specialized service they offer.

    Trips are generally in middle to high price range - if you are looking for a budget trip, you probably won’t find it here. Tours with Lost World Adventures are best enjoyed by those who don’t mind paying for the finer things in life.

    Top Destinations

    Lost World Adventures are focused in South and Central America, with a variety of trips from beach vacations to Costa Rica, food tours in Argentina, or Machu Picchu adventures. They are also among the few small companies providing cruises to Antarctica.

    Lost World Adventures Travel Style

    Luxury and customized is the name of the game! The travel style and activity level on your trip is largely determined by you, as you discuss with your Lost World travel planner about the kind of trip you’re looking for.

    Why Choose a Tour with Lost World Adventures?

    If you want to feel well taken care of from start to finish, and know that you’ll be staying in luxury accommodations, with the best restaurant recommendations and a private guided view of South America.

    The variety of trip types and themes available make Lost World the perfect choice if you know you want a luxury and high caliber trip but aren’t quite sure yet what you want to see or do. Browse their trips and read itineraries to get a better idea of what you’re looking for.

    From food and wine tours and adventure tours to beach getaways and cruises - all of which are customizable to your likes and dislikes. If you’d prefer not to overly customize, they have pre-set itineraries as well.

    About Icelandic Mountain Guides

    Founded in 1994, they focus on active travel, especially hiking, throughout Iceland.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They offer everything from day tours to multi-day expeditions through Iceland’s extreme natural landscapes. Because the nature of Iceland beckons adventure travelers, this is a great way to see the country, from glacier walks to taking in expanses of lava fields, waterfalls, and other spectacular scenery. Their guides are extremely capable and knowledgeable, there to offer moral support as you embark on your trek as well as provide historical and cultural background to Iceland.

    Who Travels With Them?

    They are perfect for those who enjoy high intensity travel, and extreme hiking. Though there is some variety within that, there tours will be most enjoyed by physically fit and active travelers. Tours range from Easy to Difficult - the second level after easy is Moderate which involves 4-6 hours of walking per day.

    Where Do They Operate?

    They are entirely focused in Iceland. Their trips go all over the country, participating in active travel from ice climbing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, trekking, jeep tours and more.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you’re looking for a challenge, or wanting to dip your toe into the experience of multi day hiking, this is a great place to start. Iceland is a land of extremes and hiking is just one way to experience this. Take into consideration if you are visiting Iceland for the first time you may not see everything as their tours are as much about the activity as well as the country.

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