The choir Ekko from Bergen, Norway visited Iceland on our jubilee tour 01.05 – 04.05. 2014 and had in that connection the pleasure of being guided by Valgerdur Palsdottir.
She took us on a 4 hours guided tour through the city centre of Reykjavik on the 02.05, and on the 03.05 we travelled by bus to Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. On both those excursions, Valgerdur Palsdottir, or Vally, told us about what we saw in a very interesting and vivid way, she spoke fluent Norwegian and proved to have extensive knowledge and commitment in what she told us. She also showed a talent of “reading” the group and understood how much or how little she ought to tell us to keep up the attention and the good feeling and interest in her audience. She was also very flexible and discreet, and included good margins to avoid stress. She also talked more informally with some of the members of the group and showed generosity and a good mood, which contributed to our very successful and nice days in Iceland.
We thought that she did a fantastic job and it is a pleasure for us to recommend her as a guide for others that want to visit Iceland.
„Our guide was an Icelander named Valli (I think, at least it was pronounced ‘valley’), and a true bard. Valli was quite kooky, like many Icelanders – I like them! She told and sung us the story of Iceland on our journey – an Icelandic folk song, Christmas carols and the national anthem as we drove past dark serpentine rivers and snowy mountain ranges.“
Emma Sarah Tennant
“The Tombre family has just come home from Iceland after wonderful days lead and guided by Valgerdur Palsdottir – it has been nothing less than fun and amazing! We are full of great memories and hungry for more!”
What an enormous impact Vallý had on our trip to Iceland. The countryside can only speak so much for itself, magnificent though it is. Vallý provided background, details, explanation, folk lore, history, references to art and literature, local habits, and stories that linked things together so well that our 6 days will last a lifetime. I loved her creative approach: fresh strawberries as a product of geo-thermal heat; Bollywood & other music videos to illustrate our road and brighten up time in the bus; and she has a lovely singing voice with which she shared folk songs now and again. She was also kind, caring and fun. Her regular ‘surprises’ kept us wondering what was next! Thank you so very, very much.
Put yourself in Vallý’s hands and see an Iceland that speaks to way back when, to the here and now, and to your imagination.”
C.E. Marshall, Ottawa, Canada