Martin Hess


Martin grew up in Germany and has been living in New Zealand for 18 years. He first joined Icelandic Mountain Guides in 2016. His role mainly involves guiding on the hard ice glaciers of Svinafellsjokull and Solheimajokull. He is well impressed by the Icelandic culture and scenery and enjoys sharing this passion with visitors from all around the world. Some of his other employment has seen him glacier guiding on the west coast of New Zealand, working for the Department of Conservation, the Aorkai/ Mt.Cook Alpine Rescue Team and the Australian Antarctic Division, instructing for many polytechnics and companies as well as supporting personal development. His qualifications include Glacier Skills Level Three and Mountain Skills Level Three.

Martin has worked with adults of all ages, families, groups and individuals anywhere between Alaska and Antarctica. His passion is encouraging people of all ages to understand the importance of our outdoor environment and inspiring them to safely explore and protect it. Home is the rural Central Otago on the south island on New Zealand, and in his spare time he can be found anywhere around the world climbing, trekking, meeting new folks, or cooking up a storm.