We are Proud of the Reputation We Have Earned

  • Awards and Recognitions

    Awards and Recognitions

    Icelandic Mountain Guides are the proud recipients of various awards and recognitions for operating adventure tours in both Iceland and Greenland. Recognition of our efforts have been motivation for us to continuously improve in all aspects of our operations.

    The Strongest in Iceland by Credit Info

    For the third year in a row, Credit Info has recognized us as one of the strongest companies in Iceland. This recognition is bestowed upon companies that achieve top marks in their financial strength and stability assessments. Only 1% of all the companies, across every industry in the whole country, receives this award. See more about the criteria that must be met for a company to be recognized as one of the strongest in Iceland here

    Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

    We greatly appreciate feedback from our customers about their tour experience with us. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recognizes the great traveler reviews that we have received on their platform. The invaluable feedback helps us to continually evolve to meet our customer’s needs. 

    Outdoor Travel Awards

    In 2013 and 2014, Icelandic Mountain Guides received the Outdoor Travel award for our tour itineraries in East and West Greenland. This award recognizes our high quality tour development. You can rest assured that the same amount of knowledge and experience goes into all of tours in Iceland and Greenland.

    Conch Environmental Award

    In April 2013, Icelandic Mountain Guides received the prestigious 2012 Conch Environmental Award for being a leading company in nature friendly tourism in Iceland. This award is issued by Iceland's Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. Only one company in the whole country receives this award each year. 

    Icelandic Travel Industry Association’s Innovation Award

    In 2010, Icelandic Mountain Guides received the Icelandic Travel Industry Association’s Innovation Award for creating Glacier Walk tours in Iceland. Since their inception, Glacier Walks have become one of the most popular tourism activities in the country.

    Icelandic Travel Industry Association’s Education Award

    In February 2010, Icelandic Mountain Guides were awarded the Icelandic Travel Industry Association’s annual Education Award for the continuous training and education we provide for our guides. Our training system has been adopted by the Association of Mountain Guides in Iceland to train and rate the standards of guides in the country.

    Tourist Board’s Environmental Award

    In autumn 2009, Icelandic Mountain Guides received the Icelandic Tourist Board’s Environmental Award for our environmental policy and raising awareness about responsible tourism. Later, in 2010, Icelandic Mountain Guides were nominated for the 2011 Nordic Council Environmental Prize.

    Icelandair Pioneer Award

    In 2006, Icelandic Mountain Guides were awarded the Icelandair Pioneer Award for designing and developing Glacier Walks. What started as a summer activity in Skaftafell, turned into a year round and daily tour operated in Skaftafell National Park and Sólheimajökull glacier.

  • Membership and Licenses

    Membership and Licenses

    Vakinn – quality and environmental system

    In 2015, Icelandic Mountain Guides were the first outdoor adventure tour operator that offered hiking and trekking tours in Iceland to be accepted into Vakinn (the official quality and environmental system for Icelandic tourism). Only tourism businesses that maintain the highest standards in all aspects of their business practices and meet VAKINN´s comprehensive assessment criteria earn the right to carry the official quality label. Read more about Vakinn here.

    Tour Operator and Travel Agency

    Icelandic Mountain guides are a licensed Tour Operator and Travel Agency by the Icelandic Tourist Board.

    Iceland Travel Industry Association – SAF

    Icelandic Mountain Guides are an active member of the Iceland Travel Industry Association (SAF). The purpose of SAF is to protect the common interests of Icelandic tourism companies. SAF also works towards laying a professional foundation for a growing tourism market in Iceland that emphasizes quality and environmental concern.

    Adventure Travel Trade Association – ATTA

    Icelandic Mountain guides have been an active member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) since 2009. ATTA is a global network of adventure destinations, tour operators, travel agents, accommodations, and media partners that benefit from sustainable adventure travel markets.

  • Leading by Example

    Quality and Professionalism

    We  are continuously improving the quality of our tours and enhancing the skills of our guides. These practices ensure that all our clients have a safe and memorable journey. The Icelandic Mountain Guides' team of guides and drivers is a selected group of specialists and professional mountaineers. Many of them have backgrounds in mountain rescue and all are passionate nature lovers and travelers. Our guides have a record that includes an incredible number of expeditions and impressive journeys, should it be of high altitude summits or long winter tours in the high Arctic. All have first aid training and operate in accordance with the company’s safety policy.

    Safety and Training

    We set high professional standards when it comes to the safety of our outdoor adventures. Since 2004, our mountain guides have received training from qualified instructors from New Zealand. Since 2008, the training of our glacier and mountain guides have been based on recognized standards from the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. Training is kept up to date by annual courses on glaciers, avalanche rescue, river crossings and more. During these courses, safety standards are revised and mountain skills practiced. When it comes to staff training, we are proud to be the leading company in tourism in Iceland.

    A Trusted Operator that Knows the Lay of the Land

    Iceland and Greenland are countries where nature is untamed and the conditions can change unexpectedly. Travelling on these rugged terrains in the safest and the most enjoyable way possible requires knowledge of the land and organization; a knowledge that only passion for the land and years of collective experience can gather. Icelandic Mountain Guides have travelled across and around these two countries for over two decades. Based off our travels and experiences in these countries, we have created a range of adventures to allow you to enjoy their fabulous landscapes, fascinating histories, and unique cultures. Whatever adventure you seek, you can be sure that with Icelandic Mountain Guides you are in the hands of a trusted operator that knows the lay of the land.

    Environment First

    Icelandic tourism depends on the continued prosperity of our delicate nature. In all the activities and experiences we offer, our objective has always been to minimize our environmental impact and to leave no trace when we travel. Icelandic Mountain Guides has adopted the World Wildlife Fund conservation plan, concerning ecological tourism in the Arctic. A part of our philosophy is to support local NGOs and to take an active part in discussions about the development of wilderness and open spaces. We take nature’s side against ideas of heavy industry or new highway projects in unspoiled areas. We pride ourselves on being a company that emphasizes cooperation, sustainability and safety. As a growing company, we do our best to lead by example. During tours, we stay on marked paths, where possible, and never litter. At our headquarters on Stórhöfði in Reykjavík, we closely track our food waste and recycling habits to make sure that we waste as little as possible. Our environmental policy is reviewed regularly to ensure that it is implemented on all levels of our operations.

  • IMG Environmental Fund

    IMG Environmental Fund

    Giving Back to Nature

    In 2014, Icelandic Mountain Guides started an environmental fund to help lay the foundation for responsible tourism in the Icelandic Highlands. The mission is to support significant improvement to our nature through land management for our unique nature to be preserved for coming generations. Icelandic Mountain Guides donated 2.000.000 ISK to kick off the fund when it was created. 1% of the tour price for each booking on our trekking tours, and 1% of the company's yearly profits goes into the fund. By travelling with Icelandic Mountain Guides, you contribute to the conservation of nature!

    See more about the company's environmental policy and the environmental fund here