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.
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.