We had a great time, thank you and thanks to all the hotels, a very satisfactory experience. Each of the hotels had its own strong points, in style, location, or facilities, and without exception they were smart clean and comfortable with good food and friendly service.
The weather was kind to us, remarkably calm, and clear, mainly dry and warm enough and sometimes warmer than that! We were impressed how well set up the entire island is for tourists, mostly well made roads with comprehensive signage and information boards at every conceivable spot, and little other traffic, often none in sight. We are, shall we say, mature, but coped nicely with the busy schedule and the activity involved. We were lazy about trying to speak Icelandic, or even pronounce it, but everyone has such good English. The hotels were without exception first class, and all the staff very friendly welcoming and helpful, as were all the people we came across in restaurants and other stops along the way. Eating out in Reykjavik was at the Cafe Paris, which we would recommend, otherwise in the hotels where we stayed, and the standard of food throughout was high. And of course the island itself has so much going for it, amazing scenery. Your itinerary book and maps helped a lot, there was just one minor blip towards the end when you had the Hotel Anna 16km beyond Vik when it was more like 40 odd, which we took a while to grasp, and two of the suggestions to visit, Dyrholaey and Reynisfjall, were better done on the way there rather than the next day, which in fact we did....maybe worth correcting for others. Having said that, the upside was we had more time the last day for Gullfoss and Geysir, before return to Reykjavik. And although we'd spent so much time on the road, we did go out to the Reykjanes peninsula on our extra day, which, as you suggested, was well worthwhile.
The special interest we had in my father's war time experiences in Iceland was satisfied, with the visit to the Wartime museum at Reydarfjordur, we were nicely looked after there by the two ladies on duty, and by identifying the area around his base at Hafnarfjordur, though the town has obviously changed so much. Please pass on our particular regards to Bergey who attended to all the booking and pre travel arrangements, her interest in our wishes and the information she provided before travel was reassuring as well as helpful. We appreciate developing Iceland tourism is important to the country, we will recommend it to others and would be happy for our comments to be recorded and passed on. Sincerely, Phil and Barbara