About us

Our Staff

Alexía Björg Jóhannesdóttir

Alexía 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 an adventurous woman who recently sold the family car and found a cat-sitter to go traveling with her husband and kids (9y and 14y) around South-America for six months. She says it’s healthy for all of them to learn more about the world by seeing it, not only how it is in the books. 

Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir

Anna Gunndís, always called Dunda, has it all. She has a BA in acting from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and an MA in filmmaking with an emphasis on directing and script writing from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. When she’s not guiding at the volcano she writes scripts and develops TV shows and movies. Oh and she’s also directing a play, producing an art festival, and acting on television and in movies. Dunda is a huge fan of coffee, which is why we always have steaming hot coffee ready at Base Camp.

Arnar Hugi Birkisson

Son of Þóra. Arnar is an easy going dedicated outdoorsman. He has been guiding at Inside the Volcano since 2015 but also works at the E.R. in Reykjavik’s City hospital. A born traveler, he is quick with a joke and likes to smile. In his free time, he likes to volunteer at the HSSK search and rescue team. Due to his immense height, he is always the first to know if it starts to rain. The only thing he lavas more than working for Inside the Volcano is terrible puns.

Arndís Einarsdóttir

Daughter of Einar.  Arndís has been a part of the team from 2012  and is one of the tail-guides. 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 favorite part about this job is the exercise and the fun and loving staff.

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.

Ásthildur Úa

When this is written, Ásthildur is on her final year of studying acting at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She loves going to the theater, enjoying a good book and being out in nature. Her favorite sports are swimming and hitting the gym.

Bergrún Adda

When Bergrún is not guiding at the volcano she’s studying illustration at the Leeds Arts University. Bergrún has a passion for reading and loves to travel. She particularly loves traveling around Iceland. The north is a big favorite but she also has a special love for Þórsmörk.

Björn Ólafsson

Björn 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. Björn 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.

Bryndís Björk Kristjánsdóttir

Bryndís has been a guide at Inside the Volcano since 2013. She has a degree in Sports Science and is a personal trainer among many other things. She lived in Luxembourg for 23 years along with her husband and kids and among speaking Icelandic she speaks English, German, France, and some Luxembourgish. She loves to climb, ski and explore the wilderness. For example, she topped Kilimanjaro early 2019.

Dagur Adam Ólafsson

Dagur is the son of Ragga, who is one of our guides. Dagur loves to travel and has been all over the world! He did an exchange program in Italy. In 2017 he spent four months traveling South-America. When this is written he is preparing to leave Iceland to explore Asia. He loves sports and his all-time favorites are yoga and snowboarding.

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 for 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.

Einar Stefánsson

Father of Arndís and Stefanía.  Einar has climbed mountains all over the world and was, along with with Björn, 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 the crater.

Gísli Bjarki Guðmundsson

Gísli 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 emanating 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 sings with the local male choir "Bartónar" in downtown Reykjavik along with his fellow guides Sveinn and Tryggvi.

Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson

Guðmundur or "Gummi" has been on the team since the beginning and is now a part-time guide. Gummi has an MA in stage arts from the Goldsmith, University of London and an MBA from the University of Reykjavík. Gummi was previously the managing director of „Tjarnarbíó", which is a living center for arts, and was recently hired as a lector of acting at the Icelandic University of the Arts. Gummi has acted in a number of stage plays, movies, and tv shows and has significant experience as a director.

Gunilla Lindh

Gunilla 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 now focuses on enjoying nature and people through her guiding work and expeditions around the world.  Her travels take her to 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.

Gunnhildur Karen Bridde

Over the winter months, Gunnhildur is studying at the Reykjavík Home Economics School. Gunnhildur is great at working with her hands and loves knitting and doing all kinds of other handiwork. Her favorite way to spend her holidays is by traveling around Iceland, particularly hiking. Gunnhildur loves discovering new places and enjoying the amazing views the country has to offer.

Halla Líf

Halla is the daughter of Hjálmar, who works as a carpenter. She loves the outdoors and everything the nature has to offer. As you can see in her picture, Halla is great with animals. Here she is holding our fox, Móri. She is very active and her absolute favorites are surfing and snowboarding. When this is written she has for example surfed in Iceland, Vietnam, Bali, and Morocco. She loves guiding and when she is not working for us she works as a glacier guide on Langjökull glacier.

Halldór Albertsson

If you ever need a strong hand you should call Halldór (better known as Dóri).  As a child, Dóri took an overdose of his vitamins and grew into an adult size overnight.  He is a mechanical engineer and his day to day work is developing prostheses 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.  Be sure to ask Dóri to share with you one of his great stories.

Helga Frímann

Helga runs the office along with Markús. She has a BA in Political Science and Geography and has a passion for environmental issues. Her favorite activity is rock climbing and she lived for a year in Málaga, Spain, to be able to climb more. Helga is very adventurous, has traveled all over the world and lived in various countries. This includes India, the States, Sicily, Australia, and Tanzania. She has worked as a volunteer in four continents. While working as a volunteer in Tanzania she took a short break to climb Kilimanjaro! Helga is also a member of the Icelandic search and rescue team.

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. In 2010 he graduated from the University of Arts. Since then he has gained experience in acting both on stage and in films. He has worked for all the major theaters in Iceland and in 2019 a film will be released where plays the head role. His big dream is to become fluent in Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese).  We wish him well.

Hugrún

Hugrún is one of our hard-working tail guides. She makes sure that everyone is safe and no one gets left behind on the hike! Her dream is to become an architect and she’s currently preparing her application.

Jasmín Dúfa Pitt

Jasmín has been working as an actress since she was very young and over the winter she studies drama at the Oxford School of Drama in England. There is a strong aura of positivity around Jasmín and she’s never been seen without a smile at the volcano. Jasmíns favorite sports are dancing and running and she has a big passion for cooking. After a long day of acting, Jasmín loves to meditate or relax over a good book.

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 lasts and his legs can carry him around.  Jón is one of the most likable persons on the planet.

Jónas Alfreð Birkisson

Son of Þóra.  Jónas is outgoing and likable. He is 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 nature both in Iceland and abroad.

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.

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 uses his old Nokia 6110

Kristján Maack

Kristján Maack started his photography carrier after the graduation from Brooks Institute of photography, Santa Barbara California in 1993.  Since then he has been located in Reykjavik,  specializing in advertising 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 inspiration, Kristján travels all over the world for adventures in the purpose of creating images.  Kristján has been a member of the volcano team since day one.

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.

Markús Torfason

Markús runs the office along with Helga. He 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.  He has traveled a lot and did parts of his studies in the States. Recently he spent six months exploring the different scenery in Asia and Australia. He, for example, skied in Japan and dived in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. 

Mirra

Mirra is the daughter of Ragga, and the sister of Dagur. She recently graduated from the Commercial College of Iceland and now she’s preparing to travel the world. We can’t wait to hear the story when she gets back next summer!

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.

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

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.

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.

Snædís Ólafsdóttir

Snædís is the daughter of Ólafur, who is one of our guides. Snædís is a bright young woman with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. When she’s not guiding at the volcano she loves to play sports, especially track and field, which she practices every day of the week! Ambition is her middle name, but that doesn't mean she won't make time to ski, climb, ride horses, hang out with friends and win awards for her outstanding ice skating routines. She has a dream of becoming a doctor and is currently studying medicine at the University of Iceland. When this is written she has finished the first three years of her studies.

Sóley Ólafsdóttir

Sóley is one of those people who is able to do just about everything! She loves sports and her favorites include alpine- and backcountry skiing, crossfit, and doing backflips. Sóley’s love for backflips comes from her time in gymnastics, but she won a Euro championship in TeamGym in 2012. Sóley practiced on the piano for 10 years but now she’s learning from her grandmother to play the accordion. Over the winter season (when she’s not busy doing backflips) she studies economics at the University of Iceland.

Sóley Ólafsdóttir

Sóley is the daughter of Ólafur and sister of Snædís. When she’s not working at the volcano she’s studying at the Reykjavik Junior College and she’s simultaneously at the JSB dance school! On top of being an amazing dancer, she’s so good at contortions that it makes the rest of us feel like we’re made out of bricks. When we asked her for fun facts she informed us that she is quite good at bum skipping. She’s no Peter Nestler but she is still quite good!

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.

Stefanía Einarsdóttir

Stefanía is the daughter of Einar and sister of Arndís. When this is written she is preparing to travel the world! Fun fact: Stefanía loves animals and has for example kept pet foxes.

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. 

Styrmir

Styrmir is the son of Kristján, one of our guides. He is an excellent hockey player and plays for SR in the Icelandic Hockey League. Styrmir previously played for the Kingsville Kings in Canada. Even though Styrmir is only 18 years old he has been on six tours with the national team of Iceland, making the rest of us quite jealous! The countries are Taiwan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Serbia, and Croatia.

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).

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.

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.

Víðir Pétursson

Father of Unnur.  Víðir is a powerful, athletic man "capable of jumping his own height in full body armor, both back, and front". Víðir 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, Víðir's wise insights and deep understanding strongly suggest that he is as smart as he is handsome.

Viktor Franz Jónsson

Viktor has a passion for snowboarding and surfing. He lived in Sweden for three years to attend a snowboarding school, so you can just imagine how good he is! Recently he traveled around Asia for four months to surf. He did this along with his girlfriend Halla Líf, who also guides for us. Bali and Thailand were among their destinations.  Viktor started working for Inside the Volcano in the summer of 2015, only 20 years old.

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. 

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.

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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