Topdeck vs Icelandic Mountain Guides - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Recent Reviews

Amazing experiences

5.0 December 2018
K
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just completed the 28 day London to Athens tour and it was one of the most amazing experiences. Lloyd was an amazing driver and a really fun person to be around which really added to the trip. Nicole was an incredible group leader and knew so much about everywhere we were going. You could tell they were both so passionate about their job which just made the trip that much better. Would definitely recommend topdeck tours to my friends back home.
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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

So grateful that they we’re our trip leaders

5.0 December 2018
N
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished my first time ever in Europe with an amazing Topdeck tour! Alex and Flozza were a great team and I’m so grateful that they we’re our trip leaders. Can’t wait to start planning my next trip!
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Comfortable and like we were a little family

5.0 July 2018
E
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I’d just like to give a special mention to Nick our tour leader on the Meridijan Croatia sail. I’ve never met someone so organised, supportive and enthusiastic. He not only went out of his way to make sure we all had the best trip but he made us feel comfortable and like we were a little family. He was professional by being able to lead definitely the rowdiest bunch of people I’ve ever come across and at the same time have fun with us. I’ve been travelling all through Europe and that week was definitely the highlight thanks to him.
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Tour Topdeck 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 459 Trips 9 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 132 $ 251
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Reykjaví­k, Iceland
Year Established 1973 1994
Solo Friendly Good for singles, No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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About Topdeck

Founded in 1973, Topdeck has been providing fun, adventurous trips around the world for 18-39 for over 40 years.

What Makes Topdeck Travel Stand Out?

Topdeck tour focuses on providing friendly and authentic guided group tours where like-minded 18-39 year old travelers can have amazing group experiences. There are several trip types to choose from, from camping, to immersive, to multi destination, to sailing.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Topdeck?

Sociable, adventurous, budget conscious 18-39 year olds are the kinds of traveler who will gravitate to Topdeck. Though they offer a few different distinct travel styles, there is definitely a sense of an ongoing party, with travel as the conduit and underlying shared interest.

If the idea of being around a group of similarly aged people - many of whom may be exploring internationally for the first or second time - being spontaneous, and meeting locals (often in the environment of bars or clubs) is unappealing, then Topdeck may not be your cup of tea.

Introverted travelers, or those for whom an extensively planned itinerary including many museums and historical sites is ideal, may want to hunt around before choosing a Topdeck tour.

That is not to dissuade the more observational traveler - who may very well find a group they gel with perfectly on a Topdeck tour. Only to caution that you will be surrounded by several extroverted personalities.

The bottom line is if you are game for anything, are traveling on a budget, and don’t mind fairly basic but comfortable accommodations and inexpensive meals - sometimes on the go - then you will enjoy the Topdeck tour experience.

Top Destinations

Topdeck has tours throughout the world, in Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Topdeck Travel Style

The Topdeck travel style is tied quite specifically to their audience. These tours are great for youthful and energetic 18-39 year olds looking for a good time and to make new friends.

In the interest of keeping their tours affordable, travelers with Topdeck will need to make a few allowances. For example, hostels and hotels may be situated quite far away from the city centers. You can also expect some long travel days. The more of a good sense of humor and adventure you have, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.

Why Choose a Tour With Topdeck

Feeling the urge to connect with travelers in your age group, have fun, and make lasting friendships? Topdeck has over 40 years of experience in adventure travel, which has helped them create epic low cost trips for 18-30 somethings.

These tours are certainly not for those who prefer to take things slow. You will be running around, moving between a lot of places - which in some cases means very long bus rides - going out a lot, meeting new people, and staying active throughout your tour.

If your ideal travel experience is more methodical and planned out in nature, Topdeck may not be for you.

But if you are an adventurous and social travelers eager to absorb a new culture and make new friends, then hop on board!

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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