All Iceland Guide guides are certified tourist guides. They have graduated from one of the three programs that offer tour guide education: The Iceland Tourist Guide School, The Icelandic School of Travel and Tourism or The Tourist Guides Program with in the Continuing Education Department at the University of Iceland. All provide comprehensive training for guides.
Although our guides graduated specialising in certain languages as stated in their profiles, many are willing and capable of guiding in other languages. Just ask! All Iceland Guide guides speak Icelandic and most are able to guide in Icelandic as well.
The Iceland Guide guides come from all walks of life, are of different ages, have diverse backgrounds, education, professions, experience, interests and nationalities. What they all have in common is their love for Iceland, their knowledge, passion and willingness to share it with visitors from all over the world.
The Iceland Guide guides are experts in Icelandic history, language, literature, geology, art and culture - just to name a few things - they enjoy the company of people and life in general. They have experience in leading visitors around this unique country, full of lava fields, glaciers, hot springs, desert sands, volcanoes, black beaches, fishing villages, hidden people, ancient stories, folk tales and then some!
All Iceland Guides are presented here as individuals and should be contacted directly through the contact details provided in their profiles. Please mention this site when contacting the guide of your choice.
Iceland Guide tour guides can be searched by the following catagories:
Experience ranking/year of graduation
Experience ranking is based on two things: First is formal education and continuing education, but points are given for both. Second is for time of guiding, that is 1 point is given for each 18 days of guiding of 8 hours each. The experience ranking information are from the Iceland Tourist Guide Association website. The information is not accurate as in many cases experience points do not include points for education (15 points for the two recognized Tourist Guide Schools and 5 points for continuing education). The points give below do for that reason not always reflect the true number but rather points that have at least been gained. (Within brakets: First graduation year, if available; then experience points)
Stefán Helgi Valsson (2006, 143) - Karl Jóhannsson (2006, 124) - Börkur Hrólfsson (2006, 91) - Helmut J.H. Groiss (n/a, 76) - Petra Mazetti (2006, 71) - Philip Vogler (1982, 62) - Örvar Már Kristinsson (2006, 60) - Ólafur B. Schram (2006, 60?) - Jakobína V Davíðsdóttir (2006, 58) - Steinar Þór Sveinsson (2006, 57) - Oddur Eiríksson (2009, 56) - Jóhann Scheither (2006, 52) - Þórunn Þórarinsdóttir (2006, 52) - Bjarni Reynarsson, PhD (2006, 50) - Anna Lára Friðriksdóttir (2006, 48) - Bergur Brynjar Álfþórsson (2009, 47) - Kent Lárus Björnsson (2006, 45) - Tatjana Jashtshuk (2006, 45) - Guðbjörg Bragadóttir (2006, 44) - Indriði Viðar (2009, 41) - Ása Björk Snorradóttir (2006, 38) - Michael Jóhannes Kissane (2006, 36) - Jóhanna Ósk Valsdóttir (2006, 30) - Gyða Gunnarsdóttir (2006, 29) - Bragi Ragnarsson (2006, 24) - Guðrún Þorkelsdóttir (2009, 23) - Marino G. Njalsson (2009, 23) - Vilborg Eiríksdóttir (2006, 20) - Ársæll Baldursson (2006, 15) - Ráðhildur Sigrún Ingadóttir (2006, 15) - Sona Lähdesová (2006, 15) - Guðmundur Tulinius (??, 10) - Ari Brynjólfsson (2012, 15) - Páll Gíslason (??, 16) - Hildur Þöll Ágústsdóttir (2013, ??) - Natalia Chow (2013,??) - Ljúdmíla Níkolajsdóttir Stsjígoleva (2013,??) - Helga Ingimundardóttir (??, 30) - Guðrún Helga Sigurðardóttir (2012, ??)
English (Alphabetical order)
Nordic languages (Alphabetical order)
Greater Reykjavik Area
Anna Lára Friðriksdóttir
Anna Lára has travelled on foot over the glaciers and mountains of Iceland, the Alps and the Andes. Now she takes it easier with a smaller backpack! Highland adventures, birdwatching, sea angling, whalewatching, enjoying landscape and stories to go!
Language: English, Icelandic/Íslenska, German/Deutsch
Vilborg is educated as a Developmental Therapist and has worked in her vocation in Iceland and Sweden, where she lived for 10 years. She is interested in everything concerning ethnology and folklore as well as the Icelandic language, its origins and conservation.
Petra has worked in tourism since 1990, as a guide and in a tour operator's office organizing tours. The first 10 years mainly horse trekking then increasingly bus- and hiking tours. During winter she works as a sensory motor body therapist, in marketing and as a horse trainer.
Þórunn is a family counsellor on weekdays and has an enormous interest in people. She sings in the Reykjavik Cathedral Choir, loves culture, art, history, geology, stories and storytelling.
Ása Björk Snorradóttir
Ása Björk is a widely travelled art teacher who uses various modes of travel, such as cars, bicycles and horses. Her many interests include culture, art, horses, politics, people and life in general.
Ársæll has a long experience in touring the highlands of Iceland and Greenland. He enjoys highland adventures, fishing, kayaking and enjoying Iceland in exceptional places! Ársæll is an economist and works in the world of advertising.
Jakobína moved to Spain very young after studying Spanish at the University of Iceland. She lived there for 20 odd years and guided Icelanders around Spain among other things. She works as a journalist and enjoys showing visitors the wonders of Iceland.
Jóhanna Ósk Valsdóttir
Jóhanna Ósk graduated as an opera singer from the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany and works as a singer and teacher in the winter and a guide in the summer. She loves telling people about her country, especially its history, culture and nature.
Bragi has retired from a successful carrier in international business and now works full time as a guide. His interests cover nature, history, culture, geology and contemporary lceland. He is licensed to take visitors on private tours in his modified 6 passenger Nissan Patrol Jeep.
Ráðhildur Sigrún Ingadóttir
Ráðhildur is an artist working with video and installation. Her interests are art, geology, cosmology and travelling. She has travelled extensively through Iceland by car and on foot. Ráðhildur lives in Denmark but during summer she is a hiking- and driver-guide in Iceland.
Steinar Þór Sveinsson
Steinar has a Master´s degree from the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Apart from working in tourism Steinar has a broad experience from working for various companies in Iceland as a Public Relations advisor and as an official in the Icelandic Ministry of Finance. He loves to travel around Iceland and uses every opportunity to guide tourists around the country. He speaks English, German, Danish and French. He has three 4x4 vehicles suited for the rough Icelandic nature in which he can take small private groups.
Language: German/Deutsch, English, Danish, French
Börkur has over 20 years experience as a driver in the tourist business. He has travelled extensively all around Iceland and is very enthusiastic about sharing his experience with visitors and guiding them in the land of ice and fire. Börkur has his own 4WD superjeep.
Kent Lárus Björnsson
Kent Lárus is a Canadian of Icelandic decent. He has travelled extensively around Iceland, Europe, Cuba and N-America and guided Icelanders through the Icelandic settlements in NA. He assists people tracing their Icelandic roots while seeing the wonders of Iceland.
Karl has a degree in Marketing and a background in diverse activity apart from being an Iceland guide. He also takes Icelanders on guided tours all over the world during winter. Among his interests are the Icelandic Sagas and the geology of Iceland.
Bjarni holds a Ph.D. as a Teacher, Geographer and City Planner from USA and had a long carrier for Reykjavík City and as a University lecturer. He is now a guide and independent consultant. His interests cover nature, history, culture, architecture, urban and regional development.
Ólafur B. Schram
Ólafur made guiding his main occupation 10 years ago after travelling extensively around Iceland for 35 years. He has his own tour company specialising in small groups with emphasis on daily life. His main interests are Icelandic history, geology, literature and sports.
Philip, who lives in East Iceland, works with a volunteer group collecting information on traditional walking and riding trails. When not guiding, his main job is translating. He has studied English and German and is licensed to drive and guide up to four passengers in his 4WD vehicle.
Languages: English, German/Deutsch, Icelandic/Íslenska
Guðbjörg has a long experience in touring Iceland. She runs a small travel agency with 2 buses. She has guided several groups of Mormons of Icelandic descent, and can help people trace their Icelandic roots. Special interests are birds, geology and history.
Gyða is a teacher with a degree in ethnology from Sweden where she lived for 8 years. She worked at the Maritime Museum of Iceland and the National Museum. She has travelled a lot around Iceland and is interested in Icelandic history, literature, folklore, geology and birdlife.
Jóhann has been active in the Import/Export trade in Iceland and abroad. He enjoys outdoor activity; hiking, camping, skiing etc. and has a long experience travelling in Iceland, both on and off road. His interests also cover culture, geology, wildlife and Icelandic nature in general.
Language: German/Deutsch, English
Stefán Helgi Valsson
Stefán has worked since 1988 as a professional driver / tourist guide for English-speaking visitors to Iceland and South-Africa. He has post-graduate degrees in education, journalism and tourism.
Tanja is Russian, born in Estonia and has been living in Iceland since year 2000. She has experience in guiding all around Iceland. Her interests cover, among other things, horses and travelling around Iceland and the world.
Örvar Már Kristinsson
Örvar Már is an opera singer who graduated from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Studied and lived there for several years. Among his many interests are Icelandic history, music, culture, sports and life in general.
Michael Johannes Kissane
Mike has a BS in Wildlife Biology and thorough knowledge of Iceland from travel and writing about Iceland for many years in Fodor’s guides. He has also written for Barron’s business magazine and Iceland Review. Photography, geology and fly fishing are strong interests.
Marino G. Njalsson
Marino is mostly doing short tours from Reykjavik but is also available for longer trips. His main interest is in geology, history, politics but covers most things that would fall under general guiding. His other job is Information Security Management Consulting. He has been very active blogger on social issues especially those concerning the problems facing the Icelandic household and home-owners in the after match of the collapse of the Icelandic financial system in the fall of 2008. He is also the owner of the Iceland Guide website.
Bergur Brynjar Álfþórsson
Bergur has been working as a tourist guide and driver
Oddur has been working as a tourist guide for many years though he only graduated from the Tour Guide School in 2009.
Indridi is a teacher but has been working as a tourist guide and driver guide for many years though he only graduated from the Tour Guide School in 2009.
Language: English and Danish/Dansk
Guðrún graduated from the Tour Guide School in 2009. She has been using every opportunity to take tours with private groups or scheduled tours around Reykjavik, the South -West part of Iceland or around trip of the country.
Young and energetic, Ari is a university student who has travelled all over the globe as well Iceland. Experienced in winter sports including skiing and snowmobiling, thus takes Icelandic glacial recession very personally. His specialities lie in history and modern affairs. Ari graduated from the Tourist Guide School in 2012, but has some prior experience.
Helmut J.H. Groiss
Helmut is a experienced guide having worked in the field for over 20 years.
Language: German and English
Language: English, Danish
Hildur Þöll Ágústsdóttir
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Icelandic
Ljudmila Nikolajsdottir Stsjigoleva
Helga graduated from the Commercial College of Iceland and devoted her skills to working many years for the municipality office in her hometown, Reykjanesbær before joining the tourism business.
Alongside guiding, running the management of her own whale watching company for 15 years, Helga has specialized in educating the passengers about marine life on her whale watching vessels. A part of her experience in tourism is also a receptionist at a hotel, Meet & Greet service at the arrivals hall in the international airport, teaching tourism at a secondary comprehensive school and giving information to visitors at the local tourist information centre in Reykjanesbær.
Language: English (preferred), but also Danish
Gudrun Helga Sigurdardottir
Language: English, Swedish, Finnish and some Danish
Gudrun Helga‘s Ford Econoline 350 Van 2012 is a luxurious vehicle with good space for up to 9 guests.