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Icelandic Mountain Guides

In 1994, a group of Icelanders with a passion for nature, adventure and environmental advocacy started an outdoor adventure company to take people from around the world on tours of a lifetime. As the originators of the Glacier Walk in Iceland, they revolutionized the outdoor adventure scene. Since the beginning, Icelandic Mountain Guides has been owned and operated by guides and we continue to set the standard in safety, mountaineering expertise, and environmental protection across the industry in Iceland.

We operate from our company headquarters in Reykjavík and our base camp in the beautiful Skaftafell National Park year round. Whether you want to go hiking, backpacking, trekking, ice climbing, on a glacier walk, mountain climbing, skiing, on an expedition or for a mountaineering course in Iceland or Greenland, we’ve got you covered! We provide one day and multi-day tours, for all activity levels, that highlight the rugged beauty of these countries. Join us on an unforgettable journey and see for yourself why everyone is raving about Iceland and Greenland.

Featured trips & expertise

Fimmvörðuháls Hut-to-Hut Trek - 3 Days
Fimmvörðuháls Hut-to-Hut Trek - 3 Days

Don't have a lot of time to roam around Iceland? This compact yet comprehensive itinerary is a great introduction to the wild and wonderful wilderness. Experience the remote grandeur of Þórsmörk, see old and new lava formations (some still steaming!) on and around Eyjafjallajökull crater, and witness the thundering majesty of Skógafoss waterfall — all in just 3 days.

Núpsstaðarskógar to Skaftafell Trek - 5 Days
Núpsstaðarskógar to Skaftafell Trek - 5 Days

If you only have a week in Iceland, consider this compact and well-timed tour. Bookended by two days in Reykjavik — one to get ready and one to relax and recover — the tour takes the best advantage of a limited schedule, while also showing you plenty of unforgettable natural wonders, including glaciers, mountains, valleys and an iconic waterfall.

The incredible skies of Iceland reflected in the crystal water
Laugavegur Hut-to-Hut Trek - 5 Days

Hike Iceland's best-known trail from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar, through the Þórsmörk valley, and along the base of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. On the 35-mile-long Laugavegur trail, you'll see colorful rhyolite mountains, cross black sand deserts, venture into canyons, and hike between birch tree groves. After each long day of exploring, stay the night in cozy, rustic mountain huts.

Volcanic Trails: The Backroad to Landmannalaugar - 3 Days
Volcanic Trails: The Backroad to Landmannalaugar - 3 Days

From brightly colored rhyolite mountains in shades of red, pink, green, and gold to vast 500-year-old lava fields, this three-day trek will take you through the unique, exquisite landscape of Landmannalaugar. Experience unexpected views full of steaming hot springs, boiling mud pools, and raven-black fields of lava.

Volcanic Trails: The Wild Strútur Trail - 5 Days
Volcanic Trails: The Wild Strútur Trail - 5 Days

This trek will take you along the south side of the imposing Torfajökull Volcano with its distinctive red, pink, orange, and blue-green stone, past the deep blue Álftavötn Lakes, and into the black desert of Mælifellssandur. Enjoy some of Iceland's most unique, interesting landscapes as you cross the wilderness on foot.

Volcanic Trails: Explorer’s Peak to the Canyon of Fire - 4 Days
Volcanic Trails: Explorer’s Peak to the Canyon of Fire - 4 Days

Hike through Iceland's unique, world-renowned backcountry from Vatnajökull National Park to the Eldgjá Canyon of Fire. Waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, deep blue lakes, craters, and lava formations abound on the route, so don't forget your camera — or your sense of wonder.

Recent Trip Reviews for Icelandic Mountain Guides

Jenny

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Jenny T. - Local specialist: Laufey Sigurðardóttir

We were very lucky to have Laufey as our travel specialist, she was extremely helpful and patient with my specific requests and ended up creating a travel itinerary that was perfect to our needs! They even covered some costs for us due to some small misunderstandings. We're very thankful for that plus the great trip that we had!

From landing to departure everything was taken care of. We were picked up at the airport by a private driver, taken straight to our hotel and Laufey even prepared a... read more

We were very lucky to have Laufey as our travel specialist, she was extremely helpful and patient with my specific requests and ended up creating a travel itinerary that was perfect to our needs! They even covered some costs for us due to some small misunderstandings. We're very thankful for that plus the great trip that we had!

From landing to departure everything was taken care of. We were picked up at the airport by a private driver, taken straight to our hotel and Laufey even prepared a very detailed guide for our self-directed day tour around Reykjavik.

On the second day, we were picked up by Jón, our Icelandic Mountain Tours guide. The bus only had a total of 6 people (including Jón) but yet they still proceeded with the tour. The weather was insane that day, with crazy winds. Lots of day tours were cancelled. Lucky for us, Jón flipped our tour backwards and did tons of research to make sure our transportation to the Golden Circle was safe. The winds were very very strong, and Jón focused on the drive to make our safety the utmost priority. Our entire group was crazy jetlagged so we had a difficult time staying awake while he was explaining history/geology/etc., and we feel so remorseful for that!

The next two days we drove even further, went to the Glacier Bay, Diamond Beach, and also did a glacier walk and ice caving. I highly recommend the glacier walk on Skaftafellstofa! We also admired the Black Sand Beach, waterfalls, and gorgeous views, before ending our private tour with Jón and heading back to the capital.

We were also scheduled for snorkeling at the Silfra as well as the Blue Lagoon.
I have so many great things to say about this trip and the way Laufey planned it out for us! From start to finish everything was done perfectly and left us with little to worry about.

Thank you so much!

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Yin Chieh L. - Local specialist: Laufey Sigurðardóttir

I would recommend this trip to anyone.
We had a marvelous time. The travel agency is informative and very accommodating.
Our tour guide Jon is awesome. We are glad he managed to drive through the crazy wind gust and rearrange the schedule so we can get the most out of the trip despite the weather. The airport shuttle taxi driver is very kind and informative too. Thank you all!

Joyce

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Joyce T. - Local specialist: Laufey Sigurðardóttir

We had such an amazing time in Iceland! Our guide, Jon, was super nice, helpful and really help made our trip a memorable experience. The first day, there was a wind storm and many of the tours were cancelled - Jon helped us find an alternate route and rearranged the day's itinerary so we were able to still see all the attractions for the day. The accommodations provided were also very comfortable, and we especially loved Fosshotel Nupar (too bad there were no northern lights the two nights... read more

We had such an amazing time in Iceland! Our guide, Jon, was super nice, helpful and really help made our trip a memorable experience. The first day, there was a wind storm and many of the tours were cancelled - Jon helped us find an alternate route and rearranged the day's itinerary so we were able to still see all the attractions for the day. The accommodations provided were also very comfortable, and we especially loved Fosshotel Nupar (too bad there were no northern lights the two nights we were there), and also the apartment at Guesthouse Sunna. Everyone we met on the trip was very knowledgeable and kind, and we had a wonderful time!!

Highlights: The glaciers, Diamond beach and the glacial lagoon - those were my absolute favorites!!