Inside the Volcano

About us

Our Staff

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Alexía Björg Jóhannesdóttir

Alexía is a globetrotting stage diva, a scholar of the world and an unapologetic gourmet. She is a hard working actress who gets her kicks in the vast expanses of Icelandic nature. She'll sing, dance and act like there is no tomorrow if given the opportunity, but put her on top of a mountain and you’ll see what she’s really made of. Alexía is a lady who really knows what she is doing.

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Arnar Hugi Birkisson

Son of Þóra.  Arnar is an easy going dedicated outdoorsman. He has been guiding at inside the volcano for 2 years. In 2012 he received an award for first aid responder of the year. Despite of the serious faced picture Arnar loves to tell jokes and smile. He is educated in film and is currently pursuing a career in filmmaking.

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Arndís Benediktsdóttir

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Arndís Einarsdóttir

Daughter of Einar.  Arndís has been a part of the team from 2012  and is one of the tail-guides. She entertains and motivates the slower hikers on the way to the volcano. She grew up traveling around the country in fact she was only three weeks old when she went on her first jeep tour on a glacier. She loves to snowboard and explore new places. In the winter time she studies natural-science at the commercial college of Iceland. Her favourite part about this job is the exercise and the wonderful, fun and loving staff.

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Ástbjörg Rut Jónsdóttir

Adda is a country girl and nature lover. Being a farmers daughter and a successful sheep whisperer, her knowledge in the field of agriculture and horticulture knows no limits. Nobody knows how old she is, but rumor has it she knows the way to the fountain of youth, so her age might just as well be close to the age of our volcano. When she´s not crawling into volcanos or dancing at the top of a mountain, she raps in Icelandic Sign Language, directs theatre performances and performs improv. Give her a word and a partner in crime and she´ll make you a scene to remember

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Ásthildur Úa

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Bjorn is a dedicated mountaineer and has been since childhood. He has climbed peaks and mountains all over the world and was part of the first Icelandic group that reached the top of Mount Everest. Bjorn has been a member of an Icelandic Rescue Squad for years and has supervised courses in mountain climbing and rescue tactics. He is the managing director of 3H Travel.

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Bryndís Björk Kristjánsdóttir

Bryndís has been a guide at inside the volcano for 3 years. She has a degree in sport science and is a personal trainer among many other things. She loves to climb, ski and explore the wilderness.

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Dagur Adam Ólafsson

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Dögg Ármannsdóttir

Dögg studied business and has mainly been working as a sales and marketing manager for Icelandic companies selling their designs abroad. Dögg started guiding inside the volcano part time 3 years ago, sort of as a paid vacation, but totally fell in love with it and decided it was much more fun to take tourists into a volcano than sitting at a desk all day long. Dögg is always ready for adventures and loves the outdoors.

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Einar Daníelsson

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Einar Stefánsson

Father of Arndís and Stefanía.  Einar has climbed mountains all over the world and was, with Bjorn, part of the first Icelandic group that climbed Mount Everest. Einar is an engineer with long experience as a tour guide and has supervised courses in mountain climbing and rescue tactics. He will spend most of his summer 120 meters down inside a volcano.

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Gísli Bjarki Guðmundsson

Gísli is one of those guys.  He has the looks of a Viking, is ruff on the outside but soft on the inside.  He can turn a bad day into a fantastic one within a blink of an eye, just by smiling and exposing his tranquil aura.  Gísli, as so many of our staff, is a member of the Icelandic Rescue Teams so you are in good hands with him.  On his days off Gísli likes to sing with the local male choir "Bartónar" (Bar notes) in downtown Reykjavik along with his fellow guides Sveinn and Tryggvi.    

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Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson

Gudmundur or "Gummi" has been on the team since the beginning and is now a part-time guide. Gummi is a learned actor and is the managing director of "Tjarnarbíó" which is a living center for arts.

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Gunnilla Lindh

Gunnilla or "Nilla" is a Swedish girl although she has the looks of a Mediterranean.  Nilla´s background is in investment banking but she decided to take a u-turn and know focuses on enjoying nature and people through her guiding work and expeditions around the world.  Her travels take her to the remotes areas of the globe e.g. to Antarctica where she has been sailing on a sailship doing what she loves the most taking wildlife and nature photos.

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Halldór Albertsson

If you ever need a strong hand you want to get Halldór (A.K.A Dóri).  As a child, Dóri took an overdose of his vitamins and grew to an adult size overnight.  He is a mechanical engineer and his day to day work is developing a prosthesis for those in need.  Dóri is an experienced mountaineer and a member of the Icelandic rescue teams and loves to travel the world for great adventures.  If you have ever heard a great story be sure Dóri can tell you a better one.

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Hilmir Jensson

Hilmir is an actor and a playwriter who loves to spend his spare time inside the volcano.  He knows all the crazy stories of the locals and can put them into acting on the go. His big dream is to become fluent in Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese).  We wish him well.

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Jasmín Dúfa Pitt

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Jón Gauti Jónsson

Jón Gauti is one of the most experienced mountaineers in Iceland and has worked with Icelandic Rescue Squads for decades and is a mountaineering instructor.  He has traveled all over the world on his adventures and will continue to do so while his spirit will last and his legs can carry him around.  Jón is one of the most likable persons on the planet.

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Jónas Alfreð Birkisson

Son of Þóra.  Jónas is a 23-year-old, outgoing and likable, a drama student at the Iceland University of the Arts aiming at a carrier in theater and films. He has worked with our team for two years. In his spare time, Jónas likes to explore the nature both in Iceland and abroad.

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Kamil Kluczyński

Kamil was born in Poland, raised in New Jersey and moved to Iceland 10 years ago.  He has a degree in Environment and Natural Resources and has been a mountain guide for years as well as working with the Icelandic rescue teams. Kamil is a tall, handsome and really likable guy who always brings out the best in people.  His ongoing project is to cross all of the Icelandic glaciers, either in summer or winter time to raise awareness for diabetes. His project is called Pole Diabetes.

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Karl Ágúst Þorbergsson

Our only staff member who has the looks of Clark Kent, Karl is an assistant professor in performing arts at Iceland University of the Arts.  Karl studied in Iceland and Berlin before taking his role of a teacher here in Iceland.  Karl is not on Facebook and still owns and use his old Nokia 6110.

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Kristján Maack

Kristján Maack started his photography carrier after the graduation of Brooks Institute of photography, Santa Barbara California in 1993.  Located since then in Reykjavik Iceland, specializing in advertise and illustration photography.  During the last 25 years of practice, every angle and corner of photography has been his subject and interest, both on the studio floor and on location all over the world for that matter.  For inspiration, Kristján travels all over the world for adventures and challenging light to create images.  Kristján has been a member of the volcano team since day one.

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María Pálsdóttir

María will make you feel welcome with her world famous meat soup. But underneath her warm demeanor is a multifaceted woman: she is an actress, entrepreneur, educator as well as a timid drag king. María is full of surprises and keen observations about the varieties of Icelandic nature and culture.

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Markús Torfason

Markús is a highly skilled computer scientist and a math teacher.  He is working with the Icelandic Rescue Teams and loves all the adventures that come with being out in the wilderness.  Markús is running the office at Inside The Volcano as well as guiding and will assist you in any way he can.  Feel free to contact him if you need any help.

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Ólafur Þór Júlíusson

Óli has over 20 years of experience in mountaineering and has climbed peaks in the Alps, Africa, and Greenland. He has worked with an Icelandic Rescue Squad for several years and likes to spend most of his summer inside the volcano, assisting the adventurous travelers who take part in the tour.

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Páll Sveinsson

Father of Bergrún.  Páll or "Palli" or "The Steal-Mouse" as he is called is one of the most experienced climbers in the country. He is a dedicated mountaineer and likes to spend his free time inside the volcano

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Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir

Harpa is a nature enthusiast. Along with climbing into volcanos she makes art. Her favourite weather is the fog you see sliding down a mountainside from distance.

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Ragnheiður Ýr Grétarsdóttir

Ragnheiður or “Ragga” has been on the team for three years. She is also a yoga teacher and might offer meditation down in a volcano if asked for. In her free time, she likes taking long walks with her dog and relax in one of many outdoor swimming pools in Reykjavík.

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Sigrún Hlín Sigurðardóttir

There is only one thing to say about Sigrún.  She loves champagne.

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Snædís Ólafsdóttir

Daughter of Ólafur.  Snædís is a bright young woman with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. Ambition is her middle name, but that doesn't mean that she won't make time to ski, climb, ride horses, hang out with friends and win awards for her outstanding ice skating routines.

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Sóley Ólafsdóttir

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Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir

Sólveig is an award-winning actress and one of Iceland's best-regarded linguists. When she is not traveling the world with her beloved friends and family, you'll find her chin deep in mud, desecrating the Icelandic flag, or engaged in similarly outrageous behaviors, all in the name of art. Yes, that woman is truly one of a kind.

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Stefanía Einarsdóttir

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Steiney Skúladóttir

A comedian, rapper, and a TV host.  Steiney has a taste for all arts and has a busy career making other people laugh or enjoy rap music.  She works with the local girl band "Reykjavíkurdætur" (daughters of Reykjavik) who play and perform a kind of a satire pop music.  Steiney spends her summer holidays at the volcano, hiking back and forth with our guests, making sure no one is left behind.  

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Sveinn Benediktsson

Brother of Arndís.  You can not ask for more!  Svenni (A.K.A. DJ Dad) is a DJ, almost an electrical engineer, and a graphic designer. When Svenni is not guiding at the volcano he keeps up the beat at the local bars and restaurants.  Svenni is a member of the well-known male choir "Bartónar" a choir witch all members are regular guests at Kaffibarinn (The Coffee Bar).

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Tryggvi Gunnarsson

Tryggvi is considered by many to be an absolute legend. Why no one can really tell. Some even go so far as to say he might be of celestial origin. He holds a degree in both "biology" and "anthropology", as well as being a fully licensed celebrant, and therefore able to wed guests at a moment's notice down in the volcano if he feels so inclined.

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Unnur Freyja Víðisdóttir

Daughter of Víðir.  Unnur is the nicest bad ass you will ever meet - you’ll find her doing intensive training for the rescue squad along with her university studies and at the same time volunteering in her community and practicing all sorts of exotic sports. She is truly a young woman who knows what she wants and where she comes from.

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Víðir Pétursson

Father of Unnur.  Vidir is a powerful, athletic man "capable of jumping his own height in full body armor, both back, and front". Vidir is also an excellent swimmer. There is supposedly no game at which he has an equal. His behavior is always polite, but firm — he gives good advice and is kind and mild, yet he is not thought of as an intelligent man because of his way of talking. However, Vidir's wise insights and deep understanding strongly suggest that he is as smart as he is handsome. He has been called "handsome and beautiful of skin and has a straight nose, turned up at its tip. He is blue-eyed and keen-eyed and ruddy-cheeked with thick lustrous hair, blond and well-combed." He is described as the most beautiful man in the world, and as having no equal.

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Viktor Frans Jónsson

I´m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers   "But I would walk five hundred miles And I would walk five hundred more Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles To fall down at your door"   Viktor never stops walking!

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Þóra J. Jónasdóttir

Mother of Arnar and Jónas.  Thora has been a part-time guide for Inside the volcano since summer 2013. She simply just loves guiding in combination with her busy daily work as a veterinarian. She also trains a rescue dog and is a member of ICE-SAR, the Icelandic rescue squad. Besides rescue training, mountain hikes, skiing/snowboarding, horseback riding, and biking are among favorites.  

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Þorbjörg Helga Dýrfjörð

Þorbjörg or "Obba" is an actress and a lawyer who has had a fruitful carrier in the Icelandic film and television industry.   Her bubbly character and big smile make sure that all our guests will enjoy their trip inside the volcano.  If you are lucky enough to be on our tour when Obba is on base camp duty you will be served the nicest soup ever.

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Þórunn Garðarsdóttir

Þórunn is a registered nurse and is a director of a daycare center for seniors in Reykjavik.  She is truly a daughter of nature who loves being outdoor riding horses and going off-piste skiing.  Þórunn has lived and worked in Switzerland and speaks German fluently.

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