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 at basecamp.

Árni Lárusson

Árni is a rock solid guide who occasionally erupts into song. He is a versatile actor who has been involved in a wide range of international projects, including theatre, music, and television. His favorite hobbies include fly fishing, golf and playing the piano.

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.

Benjamin Pitt

Benjamin is (very, very veeery) distant relative of Brad Pitt and they have had many fun adventures together all around the world (in his dreams). He loves fly fishing.. only fly fishing. He is sometimes called Benni Fluga (e. Benni the Fly) and not because he is tiny.

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.

Dagur Sigurðarson

Dagur is a tall man with big glasses. He may look scary because of his height but he is a kind soul and you can talk to him about anything. He is also a DJ when he’s not hiking to the volcano, so if you need some song recommendations you know who to talk to. You know you are in good hands when you are with Dagur.

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 Daníelsson

Einar is a true nature lover, always seeking outdoor adventures. His quick wit adds an extra sparkle to every conversation!

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 is an actor, director, musician with a MA in performance Making from Goldsmiths University in London and a MBA degree from Reykjavik University. He is an independent artist who has acted in numerous plays, films,TV series and games both in Iceland and abroad, directed over 20 works for stage and has released 7 LP's. Gummi is a genuine country boy and a family man who loves being outdoors in good company.

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.

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.

Íris Ólafsdóttir

Íris, the daughter of Ólafur, is one of the many ,,nepo babies" working as a tail guide at the volcano. She now studies fashion design at the University of Arts in Iceland but ever since she could walk she has been doing crazy things in the mountains, like rock climbing and off-piste skiing.

Ísabella Ronja Benediktsdóttir

Ronja, the daughter of Adda, is working as a tail guide at the volcano. She went to a folk school in the Westfjords where she did all sorts of outside activities like camping in the snow, skiing alot (like alot!), ice climbing and surf boarding! Her favorite things to do are travelling and going outside, so please tell her all your travelling stories when you walk over to see the magnificent volcano.

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.

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.  

Katrín Kjartansdóttir

Katrín, daughter of Kjartan, is one of our tail guides. She grew up traveling around Iceland and being in the mountains and loves it. Her favorite part about working inside the volcano are the funniest and most amazing colleagues!

Kjartan Þór Þorbjörnsson

Kjartan has been up in the mountains since he was a young man, skiing, hiking, biking, and off-roading on a super jeep. That's where he is at ease, the higher up the better.
He's also our resident mechanic, making sure the lift purrs smoothly, so everyone has a nice smooth lift ride in and out of the volcano.

Kolbrún (Kolla) Björnsdóttir

Kolla is a political scientist and a guide, but she loves the outdoors so much more than the political scene. That is why she spends most of her time in the mountains all over the world. As a guide, she takes people to places like Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp and of course, Inside the volcano.
Icelandic meat soup is one of her favorite foods along with harðfiskur (fish jerky) and she really likes winter camping. Probably because she likes the cold, but we think it is also because there are no spiders during the winter!

Kristín Kolka

Kristín Kolka, the daughter of Björn, is one of our tail guides in the volcano. She is a girl filled with talent and one of them is being able to dance all night long and still show up to work at 8 o'clock the next day. She grew up in the outdoors and has traveled all around the world but now she studies design in Italy. We are honored that she chooses to spend her summer with us at the volcano.

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.


With Margrét, you will get the full fire and ice experience. She has been a part of the volcano team since 2019 and also been a professional figure skater doing some tricks while cruising the Caribbean's. During the summertime you will find her lost in the mountains, but in the dark winter, she escapes to Denmark for her medical studies.

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.

Pálmi Freyr Hauksson

Pálmi is a writer, director, actor, dog lover and a hiker. Pálmi is a stoic man who is curious about people and human behavior and loves being outdoors and exploring nature. His favorite song is Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Górecki.

Petra Hlíf

Petra the daughter of Bryndís. Petra is a kind, creative, and witty individual. She has a deep appreciation for the outdoors and loves hiking and mountain biking. A big fan of musicals and theater, Petra enjoys expressing herself through song and dance. If you happen to be fortunate enough, you might catch her singing and dancing her way to the volcano with that bright big smile on her face.


Ragnar is a cheerful and happy young man who has three children and loves being with them.He is a theater maker, writer and actor.

Ragnar also loves the volcano and has been working there for a few years now, but one thing he really loves is candy. When he goes abroad he always brings Icelandic candy with him, and eats it at his hotel room late at night before falling asleep. Sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the night and brushes his teeth

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.

Sigrún Hlín Sigurðardóttir

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


Snæfríður, or Snow-beauty as she likes to be called, has been working on and off in the volcano since 2015. Currently she is taking her masters degree in theater directing and when she is not guiding she makes music videos, creamy pasta, rat costumes or knits hats.

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.

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.


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.

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 "biology", "anthropology" and "performative arts", 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. He has been on the (lava) field for nine years, but has now retired to a desk job at the office. So if you call, he will probably be the one to answer.

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.

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