Arctic Running

Arctic Running offers trail running tours for people that like to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time. While you are on the go you get to explore the environment and our tours make sure that you enjoy the best of each season. We offer both day tours and longer overnight tours in Iceland. We also offer full service for participation in trail races in Iceland.

Arctic Running specializes in combining running and traveling for people who have done some running and want to experience what Iceland has to offer. Our guides are some of the most experienced runners in Iceland and frequently take part in trail running events and longer running tours. With our wide selection of running tours, from demanding or strenuous runs with 20 – 35 km / 13 – 21 mi per day to moderate runs with 5 – 10 km / 3 – 6 mi per day, all runners should find something that suits them for travelling around Iceland.

If you are planning a vacation in Iceland and want to experience the pure Icelandic nature and be able to exercise each day as well, then why not try one of our tours. Our guides will help you enjoy trail running in Iceland whilst exploring the environment and its beautiful nature.

We began by planning tours that we would go on ourselves where we could run as well. So we started using running as a way to travel and realized it’s probably the ideal way for all runners. So with our experience from the running, guiding, managing, tourism and travel industry we managed to design tours especially for runners. Keeping in mind that runners not only want to run but also enjoy spectacular natural surroundings and what it has to offer.

 

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Mountain Guides Iceland

In 1994, a group of Icelanders with a passion for nature, adventure and environmental advocacy started an outdoor adventure company to take people from around the world on tours of a lifetime. As the originators of the Glacier Walk in Iceland, they revolutionized the outdoor adventure scene. Since the beginning, Icelandic Mountain Guides has been owned and operated by guides and we continue to set the standard in safety, mountaineering expertise, and environmental protection across the industry in Iceland.

We operate from our company headquarters in Reykjavík and our base camp in the beautiful Skaftafell National Park year round. Whether you want to go hiking, backpacking, trekking, ice climbing, on a glacier walk, mountain climbing, skiing, on an expedition or for a mountaineering course in Iceland or Greenland, we’ve got you covered! We provide one day and multi-day tours, for all activity levels, that highlight the rugged beauty of these countries. Join us on an unforgettable journey and see for yourself why everyone is raving about Iceland and Greenland.

Our Environmental Policy = Nature First
Icelandic tourism depends on the continued prosperity of our delicate nature. In all the activities and experiences we offer, our goal is to minimize the environmental impact and leave no trace when we travel. Our philosophy includes supporting local NGOs and taking an active part in discussing the development of wilderness and open spaces.

Office:
Stórhöfði 33
110 Reykjavík

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Go West

So GO WEST! We founded our company specifically to offer eco-friendly outdoor experiences and travel opportunities. This means travelling without compromising nature, local culture, environment or safety. The mission is to minimize impact on the environment and to maximize the guest’s experience of Icelandic nature and culture. GO WEST offers a variety of day tours; glacier hikes, bikes, boat… and tailor made tours just for you.

 

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Black Beach Tours Iceland

Black Beach Tours are run by local Icelandic people. We know South Iceland and Þorlákshöfn like the back of our hands and have been having adventures there for years. We love being outdoors and enjoying the Icelandic nature and would love to guide you through our country, both via land and sea. Check out the tours that we offer and enjoy being guided by local people who love their country.

Office:
Hafnarskeið 17
815 Þorlákshöfn

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Local Guide Vatnajökull Glacier

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 inquiry.

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

Office:
Fagurhólsmýri
785 Öræfasveit

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Glacier Guides Iceland

We offer trips into the Ice fall
Numerous outlet glaciers descend from the main glacier plateau of Vatnajökull, all unique in shape, form and accessibility. We offer amazing glacier hikes on the most beautiful one of the bunch, the Falljökull. The ice slowly crawls down from the Öræfajökull caldera (just under 1900m) and falls to about 300 m elevation giving our glacier the well suited name Falljökull which translates to „Falling Glacier“. Our Glacier Explorer, Glacier Grand Slam and Glacier Extreme trips give you a chance to stand or ice-climb inside the magnificent Icefall created by the moving ice.

We cater for a range of fitness abilities
Because of Falljökull´s gradient the front of the glacier is low angle and offers a great variety of glacial features as soon as you take your first steps on crampons. These include the infamous glacier mouse, crevasses, moulins and often smaller ice caves. On our longer hikes you get a chance to put your new crampon skills to the test as we move into the icefall for an exploration or an Ice-climb.

Our guides and staff
This one you will just have to experience yourself but we think they are the most humble, happy, eager to please and honest people we know. Most of them have been with us from the start and their knowledge of the area is uncanny at times which is a bonus for our guests. Please do not take our word for it- check out tripadvisor.com and see what others had to say.

Experience the retreat of the glacier first-hand
Making your way to the glacier from the parking lot, you will witness how much the glacier has retreated and see the evidence it has left in it´s path. The walk into the glacier takes on average 20 minutes and is a great part of the over all experience.

Amazing Views
On the walk in, weather permitting, you can see Iceland’s highest peak Hvannadalshjnúkur, along with Falljökull´s brother, Virkisjökull, falling from the high caldera. As we move up and look back you will see evidence of the glacial retreat along with the distant black sands, cut by glacier rivers, blending into the North Atlantic ocean providing a magnificent backdrop.

Glacier water
With clear glacial melt-water running on the glaciers surface in multiple streams you can take a sip and fill up your bottles with the best water Iceland has to offer before it makes it´s way to the murky glacier river and eventually to the ocean.

Sheep
Each spring the farmers let the sheep roam freely to make their way into the highlands, on our hikes it is an amazing sight to see them carefully make their way above vertical walls dropping into the valley in search of the perfect patch of grass.

Office:
Skaftafell National Park
Iceland

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