About us


Local guide is a small family run glacier guiding company that has been operating in South East Iceland since 1991. The company was founded by my grandfather Sigðurður Bjarnason but since 2015 myself and my partner Helen Maria have taken over a part of the company.

 

We are proud to maintain the excellent reputation of Local Guide and we pride ourselves on hiring local guides with an excellent knowledge of the area and the island as a whole and offering small group tours to enhance your experience.

 

Whilst the company was established in 1991, we are three generations of glacier guides and up to five generations of explorers in the area, one of the first men to climb the highest summit in Iceland Hvannadalshnúkur, on the 17th of August 1891 was my great grandfather Páll Jónsson.

 

In the summer months we offer hiking on the glacier with half day hikes, family tours and full day advanced tours for those with experience who want an adventure on the ice.
During the winter months from October to March we offer ice caving tours.

 

Me and my father were the first people to offer regular ice cave tours in Iceland
and we are continuing to offer this service, we strive to find the best available caves to offer the best experience possible for our guests.

 

As a small company we love the flexibility this gives us to be able offer private tours and to
work on exciting projects for photography, film and print, we are always open to new
possibilities so would welcome your enquiry.

 

We hope that you will enjoy your tour with local guide and we look forward to meeting you.
Aron Franklín
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Our Staff

  • Highly qualified Glacier Guides
  • Locals living in the area
  • Adventurous and fun!

Our Family

Helen, Aron and their 2 year old son Trausti Franklin, the 4th generation of Local Guide!


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We work on the glacier, live next to the glacier and spend our free time on and around glaciers!


Coffee Break

Enoying a little break at aunt Gunna´s Place

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Our team


Our experienced glacier team that works hard to offer our clients the best experience possible!

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Our qualifications



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Who we have worked with


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