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 María 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 who want an even greater 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 to offer private tours and to
work on exciting projects for photography, filming and print. We are always open to new

possibilities, so we welcome your enquiry.

We hope that you will enjoy your tour with Local Guide and we look forward to meeting you.
Best regards, Aron Franklín

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Meet the Local Guide team

 
 
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Patrice
Lead Glacier Guide

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Ólafur Þór
Glacier Guide + Lead Mountain Guide

Sigurgeir - Glacier Guide

Sigurgeir
Glacier Guide

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Aron
Owner and Lead Guide

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Helen
Owner and CEO

Snorri - Lead Glacier

Snorri
Lead Glacier Guide

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Stephanie
Glacier Guide

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Kiddi
Glacier Guide

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Magnús
Glacier Guide

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Lísa
Glacier Guide

Gudny - Glacier Guide

Tinna
Glacier Guide

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Ingvar
Glacier Guide

Tinna - Glacier Guide

Gulli
Glacier Guide

Árni - Glacier Guide

Reynir
Glacier Guide

 

Our Certifications and who we have worked with

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