Information on the Coronavirus COVID-19 in Iceland
Guidelines to maintain health and safety on our tours
Updated on July 31st 2020
Glacier Walks, Ice Climbing and similar day tours that do not require coveralls
With the safety of our guests and staff in mind we have worked on a set of guidelines for the summer of 2020 to reduce the risk of infection on Glacier Walks and similar day tours our guidelines for these tours can be found on this page
Kayak Tours, ATV tours and Snowmobile tours require coveralls, balaclavas etc
To reduce the risk of infection on Glacier Walks and similar day tours our staff will follow this set of guidelines.
Multi-day tours in huts & hotels
With the safety of our guests and staff in mind we have worked on a set of guidelines for the summer of 2020 to reduce the risk of infection on multi-day tours with hut & hotel accommodation.
Our Multi-day tour guidelines can be found on this page.
As before we recommend that all people considering travelling to Iceland read thoroughly the information found on the official Icelandic COVID information page, COVID.IS
New regulations set out by the Icelandic Government, currently applicable until 13 August
Updated on July 31st 2020
In light of new regulations set out by the Icelandic Government, we would like to inform you about what Icelandic Mountain Guides and Arcanum are doing to comply with these new rules, currently applicable until 13 August.
Preparing guests for our scheduled departures:
Our team will greet you on location with distancing in place where possible. When assisting with fitting of safety gear/clothing, our team will wear a face mask and gloves when in close proximity.
In Skaftafell we operate a shuttle service from our sales house to the glacier, in this bus, wearing a mask will be mandatory. If customers feel more at ease self driving to the glacier, following our vehicle, they are more than welcome to do so.
If you do not have a single use mask with you and will be riding the shuttle service, you can purchase one from Icelandic Mountain Guides.
Masks are available at all of our locations, as these are intended for use on the tour, we are limiting the sale of masks to one per person. Cost of a mask is 300ISK.
Iceland is opens for travel
Updated on June 16th 2020
On June 15th Iceland takes the first steps towards opening for tourism as travel restrictions begin to ease. 8 flights from Europe are scheduled to land at Keflavik airport bringing about 600 passengers to Iceland. Countries outside of Schengen will still have to wait until the 1st of July before restrictions are lifted.
Travellers are now able to get tested at the airport and don't need to go into 14 day quarantine before continuing their travelling in Iceland. Testing will be available at Keflavik airport and in Seydisfjordur port. The cost of the test will be covered by the Icelandic government until June 30th but from July 1st 2020, the cost of the test will be 11000 ISK paid on location, or 9000 ISK if paid in advance online.
We hope that the opening Iceland will go well and everyone will do their best to ensure their own safety and others by following all guidelines while travelling and take preventive measures to protect themselves and others
When you are ready to travel again, we will be happy to receive you in Iceland!
For more information on regulations and guidelines for travelling in Iceland visit : https://www.covid.is/categor…/tourists-travelling-to-iceland
As for our tours, we will continue to minimise the risk on our tours.
Measures to minimise risk of infection on our day tours in Iceland
At Icelandic Mountain Guides is doing everything we can to minimize the risk of infections on our tours so you can enjoy your adventure with an ease of mind.
We have gone through all our tours operations with the safety of our guests and staff in mind and and this is what we are doing to keep locations, transport vehicles and gear clean and sanitised.
What are we doing ?
- Helmets, ice axe, dry suites and paddles are sprayed with sanitiser after each tour.
- In addition to regular cleaning we are surface cleaning and using sanitisers on all our transport vehicles after each tour.
- Hand sanitisers are made available on all our sales offices and on our all our buses for our guests to use.
- Our staff performs regular surface cleaning and sanitation at our sales offices.
- While our staff and guides are happy to see you we ask them to greet you with a smile, not a handshake.
Re-opening of our bases in Skaftafell, Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
Updated on May 12th 2020
As restrictions in Iceland have started to ease, we have bee able to resume our day tour activities in Skaftafell, Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
Tours to Icelands highest summit, Hvannadalshnúkur have been available from the 4th of May, and our ATV tours and Kayak tours will be available from mid-May, and Glacier Hikes will start commencing in June.
The Icelandic Government is proposing that as of June 15th at the latest, travellers will be able to have the following options: getting tested for Covid-19 upon arrival at Keflavik airport, go into 14 day quarantine (which is currently in place), or present a health certificate from authorities in their home country. Travellers would also need to download the Icelandic contagion tracing app.
Hopefully this means we will be able to receive more international guest later this summer!
If you have any questions about your upcoming tour, contact our sales team who are happy to help.
We do look forward to seeing you, but until then, keep dreaming and enjoy the memories of your past travels!
The Icelandic Mountain Guides Team
If you have further questions, you can visit the official website about the Corona virus in Iceland: covid.is/english
Temporary closures at Skaftafell, Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull
Updated on March 25th 2020
All our scheduled day tours have been temporarily suspended, resulting in the closure of our Sales offices at Skaftafell, Solheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
Our Sales and service department are handling rescheduling and refunding, and will happily assist with amending your travel plans.
We will continue to post information and inspiring content on Instagram and Facebook, so you can keep up to date with us online.
We hope to be able to receive our guests at a later date, but until then, stay safe and look after your loved ones.
The Icelandic Mountain Guides Team
If you have further questions about official guidelines or the situation in Iceland, visit the official website about the Corona virus in Iceland: covid.is/english
Updated on March 13th 2020
What you can do to minimise risk?
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and use disinfectant frequently (hand washing facilities are available at our sales offices).
- Avoid shaking hands, hugs and kisses. Smiling and waving are the trend this season.
- Try to minimise touching your face.
- If you need to sneeze or cough, try to do it into your elbow or in a napkin.
Is it safe go on a tour?
For the moment there is no need to cancel tours if all recommended procedures are being followed. Our team is following the advice of health authorities and monitoring the situation closely.
We are doing everything we can to keep you safe and if you follow official advice on how to minimise risk, you do not have to worry.
What if I booked a tour but don’t feel safe or can’t go?
These are uncertain times to travel or make plans and in light of that Icelandic Mountain Guides have put in place more flexible booking terms for the moment so you can book with ease of mind.
While we don't make health checks to on our clients we ask our guests to be sensible in regards to their own health and of their fellow travellers when deciding on joining a tour. If you are unsure you can call us at +354 587 9999.
What should I do if I feel sick while in Iceland?
If you feel sick with symptoms of the CoVID-19 virus you should remain in your accommodation and seek advice by calling 1700. Do not visit a hospital of health centre before consulting a health professional
What is being done about the Coronavirus in Iceland?
If you have further questions about official guidelines or feel symptoms follow the advise on the official website about the Corona virus in Iceland: covid.is/english
Can I travel to Iceland at the moment?
There are no official travel restrictions to Iceland, and the country has not been listed as a high risk area.
Even though these are times of uncertainty we hope you make the best of your stay in Iceland. If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] or call us at +354 587 9999.