Life of a tour guide: My first two months of doing a Reykjavík City Walking Tour

Almost exactly two months ago I announced that I was launching my own company. I was super excited, a little scared and a bit bewildered – all at once. To be honest with you I had absolutely no idea about what I was getting myself into. I was full of self-doubt: I mean, who did I think I was thinking I could offer a Reykjavík City Walk that had some value to people? Why would people choose me over everything else they could do? Was I crazy asking people to pay me money for this? But at the same time I was determined to try this, to follow through one of my ideas and see where it would take me. Of course I don’t know yet where it will take me, it’s only been two months, but in those two months I’ve learned so much that it will surely last me a lifetime.

Although it would take me too long to tell you about all the things I’ve learned and it doesn’t serve anyone any good to tell you about my mistakes (although I promise you that making them has been a humbling and an equally rewarding experience) there’s one thing in particular that I’ve learned that I really want to share with you:

People are amazing!

To make a long story short I’ve had way more people on the tours already than I could ever have imagined. I’ve had families, individuals, work groups and couples and every single one of them have been amazing in their own way. Even the people that walked out on the tour this weekend (long story), basically crushing my confidence to a point where I thought I should just throw in the towel, were very nice and mostly polite about it. They taught me a valuable lesson and after I cried about it and did a (mostly aimless) soul search I decided that they were sent my way in order to teach me something. Thankfully though I’ve mostly had very satisfied customers as my reviews on Tripadvisor will tell you.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I had forgot how much I love being around people. It surprises me how much I’m enjoying this and I am so thankful that I’ve found something I look forward to doing every single day. Although I’ve often enjoyed my work this is the first time I can say in all sincerity that I LOVE my job. Love it!

A wise guest that joined one of my tours told me to hang on to this feeling and not forget it when things will get tough, because it’s bound to happen. And maybe what this post is about, remembering this feeling of being happy and truly enjoying your life, despite minor setbacks. That’s just business but it’s how your work through your setbacks that really show what you are made off.

So I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have already showed me the confidence of booking my tours and I sincerely hope to see some more of you this summer! Takk from the bottom of my heart.

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These are just a few of the amazing people who’ve joined my Reykjavík City Walk and private Reykjavík walking tour.

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6 thoughts on “Life of a tour guide: My first two months of doing a Reykjavík City Walking Tour”

  1. Kevin Kimmett says:

    We can’t wait for our tour in September!

  2. Lloyd & Kai Z. says:

    We’re so glad we booked the tour. We especially enjoyed having our eyes opened to the architecture and also the street art we had blindly wandered past the previous evening. Your love and enthusiasm for this beautiful city came through and have enhanced our vist.
    Highly recommended for the start of one’s visit.

  3. We think it is awesome that you started doing this. Next time we are in Reykjavik we will have to join a tour.

  4. Christopher Mathews says:

    You obviously love people and you obviously love Reykjavik, and that’s most of what you need to be a big success already. Hang in there!

  5. Liz Dexter says:

    Well done on your first few months! It’s always a bit scary setting up a new business. I have interviews with new business owners on my blog every Saturday (if you’re interested, you can find them on the website under “All the small business interviews” in the sidebar) and everyone has had setbacks and loss of confidence along the way. Best wishes for the future, and it’s lovely to see pics of Reykjavik city centre on this post, as we’ll be visiting soon ourselves!

  6. Cherilyn says:

    Thank you for the very fun, and informative tour. It was the perfect way to explore the city with a well informed local in a relaxed environment. Everyone one on on the tour really appreciated all the work you put into it! We were able to more thoroughly “take in” the beautiful city that Reykjavik is! We totally ordered a hot dog Eina með öllu, and had to buy the sauce to bring home…

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