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  1. Þingvellir Þingvellir (Icelandic: [ˈθiŋkˌvɛtlɪr̥] (listen)), anglicised as Thingvellir,[Note 1] is a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. To its south lies Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.[2] Wikipedia
  2. We stopped for lunch at Gullfoss Panorama Restaurant for about 40 minutes . We liked the tomato soup and Black Forest Cake a lot . It was funny seeing Pecan Pie in Iceland .
  3. A stop for the Icelandic Horses The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. The Icelandic displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. The only breed of horse in Iceland, they are also popular internationally, and sizable populations exist in Europe and North America. Wikipedia
  4. Here's what we got from HAL last night : Thank you for submitting a Shore Excursions Best Price Guarantee request. We regret to inform you that your request was not accepted because the tour submitted was not similar to the tour on our program. Lower rate tour not available. Per Terms and Conditions lower rate tour must be available to book at time request is submitted. All Holland tours are operated by independent tour operators. Rates are negotiated to cover costs of many factors (insurance fee requirements, groups size, tender services, guide costs etc). The tour is the same as the description on the helicopter website except someone will walk with us for the 10 minute walk to the heliport . There is not lower rate tour available because HAL bought all of the tickets . There lower rate tours available the day before we are in port . HAL as not returned multiple calls that we have left on their machine and our last Email was returned to us .
  5. It is HAL . If they didn't offer to buy all of the seats then the price would have stayed the same from the helicopter company .
  6. Thank you Denise . These photos are from Photobucket which has larger file sizes - so clearer photos .
  7. Good to know since we didn't know that . But we didn't see it either .
  8. Better photos of the Neptune Lounge There was always something good to eat under the big top . We usually had a fruit cup to start the day and when we later found out that they had a Cappuccino and Latte machine , that also became part of the routine .
  9. A few photos from the new camera at dinner in the Pinnacle Grill 2 weeks ago . Candied bacon A selfie Bon Appetit
  10. Photobucket seems to be working for us now . A funny thing , when we tried to make a payment they wouldn't let us . ☺️
  11. Does it remind you of the NICE INGA cruise ? There are some nice cabins still available . 😊
  12. Here's a photo of our concierge Ann Margret that we took on the Eurodam in Alaska . She was a great then and on our ABC cruise .
  13. We did contact HAL and their representative read to my wife a description of the tour . She suggested that we go to the Best Price Guarantee and she transferred her . She left a message about an hour ago and is now filling out a form online so we will see .
  14. We had booked a less expensive guide for our 2nd day Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik . He met us at the puffin tour place and introduced himself as Fred . We headed out to a geothermal area Haukadalur This is it's main claim to fame Not as active as it once was this is the new geyser to wait and watch for - Strokkur Thar she blows Fred gave us a hint of when it would erupt so we could video it I took a screen shot from the video to show the dome Taking a warm bird bath in the geyser stream
  15. Different people can have the same tour being sold in different ways . For example the helicopter company may advertise a flight time of an hour and a half . Some one else could market their tour as 2 and a half hours , the difference being that they include the time that it takes to get to the helicopter , a safety video , unloading and loading or refueling - thus it's 2 and a half hours for an hour and a half flight and they can charge more .
  16. Thank you Charlene . From our understanding we have to have a price from a competitor to show to HAL . Guests who book an Shore Excursion and then find an identical tour available through a third party will receive a 110% refund of the price difference, in the form of a non-refundable onboard credit. Best Price Guarantee applies to competitor tours with pricing and details that are advertised publicly. It seems like there are a couple of loopholes . # 1 If HAL alters their tour in any way it is no longer identical . # 2 There are no competitors since HAL bought out all 20 seats available and there are no other helicopters . They probably should be able to sell 20 seats . In Nanortalik the Cruise among the Icebergs tour is sold out ( unless the add tours ) . We have booked and paid for a more intensive tour - unless HAL buys them out .
  17. On board the boat we had a nice look at the harbor before sailing Birds to look for Rocking and rolling after leaving the harbor video : With the strong wind and the boat rocking so much it was hard to take good photos especially of the puffins flying The king of the rock On the windy side of the island they we swimming and swarming like giant midges A fly by
  18. Who would you suggest that we call who could and would do something about it ?
  19. THE Golden Rule is to treat others as you would like to be treated . They could have honored their commitment to us and sold the remaining tickets to HAL . That's what we would have done .
  20. They wouldn't book before New Years but put us on a list . They then Emailed us that they had sold out . They also had a boat tour that HAL bought out to be used a ferries we were told . The town only has 3,000 so they have limited resources . If anyone has other contacts there we would appreciate it if they would let us know .
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