About Iceland Private Tours

Welcome to Iceland Private Tours, Icelandic Travel Agency

Iceland Private Tours is a locally owned and operated travel agency specializing in providing authentic travel experiences in Iceland for selective travellers who want personal attention and top service from local experts.

We are a fully licensed Icelandic travel agency by appointment to the Icelandic Tourist Board.

Iceland Private Tours offers an excellent selection of private tours, vacation packages and self-drive holidays and we will also custom design your Iceland visit. Our services range from private day tours to planning a comprehensive itinerary for families and smaller groups where we take care of every little detail, right down to making your dinner reservations.

Our team is highly qualified, well informed, passionate about travel, and our flexible service is designed to meet your every need.

We are committed to providing excellent personal service for travellers who want to enjoy Iceland in a more personal and private or exclusive manner. We are small, personal, and experts on Iceland. Our services range from private driver-guided city tours in a sedan to off-roading on a glacier in a Super-Jeep or providing a private bus to small groups. We also cater for larger groups; for example, company incentive tours, but our main business is catering to individuals, couples, families and small groups wanting the personal touch and local knowledge. We can handle every aspect of your Iceland vacation or parts of it, including booking the right hotel, planning tours and activities or making dinner reservations at the best restaurants.

The menu to the left shows our service areas. On each link you will find ideas, additional information, some helpful facts and photos.

Why use a small local travel agent?

  • There is extra value in local knowledge and personal attention
  • The internet will not tell you if the hotel is being renovated or expanded
  • The internet will not tell you if the hotel room is on a busy nightlife street
  • We are independent and committed to finding you the best rooms in the best places - we are familiar with each destination and have hand-picked the best
  • You don’t have to speculate on how long a drive takes or how much can be squeezed into a tour - you will be looked after every step of the way
  • We will plan your days sensibly and according to your wishes - and add on a few helpful tips
  • Private excursions, day tours and vacations with a small local travel agency give you the best insight into the country
  • We have spent years exploring Iceland, and we still explore with that original sense of adventure and have our secret places that we are happy to share with you
  • A small local travel agent has only their reputation so each client is very important

Iceland Private Tours promise to you:

  • We will tailor-make your vacation and design tours according to your wishes
  • We have knowledgeable and responsible planners and driver guides who know Iceland intimately and who take pride in showing off our beautiful country
  • We will do our best give you the best Icelandic experience with a personal touch

Go anywhere in Iceland in a private Super-Jeep with Iceland Private Tours. We know all the best places in Iceland - even where to find Santa Claus.

Iceland Private Tours is an Icelandic service company providing customized tours in Iceland and vacation planning to small groups. Contact us via email: Info@IcelandPrivateTours.is

Iceland Private Tours | Telephone: + (354) 691 3900
Street: Arakur 18 | Zip: 210 | City: Gardabaer | Country: Iceland
Reg. No. 660404-3680

Driver Guides and Travel Planners

Before joining our team, our guides have been guiding for trekking associations, driver guiding for other tour operators, leading private expeditions and even making adventure-documentary films. We only invite real experts with passion for nature adventures to join our team. That way, we can insure that you and other fun-loving nature enthusiasts will be satisfied with our services.

Haukur Parelius - 'Hawk' is our proprietor, driver guide & certified 4x4 instructor.
Hawk is a certified International 4-Wheel Drive Trainer and member of Int. 4-Wheel Drive Trainer's Association. He has trained military forces and worked for ISAF in Afghanistan as well as having years of experience from exploring the Icelandic wilderness and highlands. He claims he has the best view from his office - the front windshield of his modified Nissan Patrol.
Wilderness background:  At the age of 14 he was the first to bicycle from Reykjavik to Thorsmork and started guiding for The Iceland Touring Association at the age of 17. He has been guiding for them and Utivist Travel Association occasionally through the years, both on hikes and jeep safaris. For the past decade or so he has been a member of a voluntary Mountain Search & Rescue team, training younger members in ice climbing, winter travelling etc. as well as adding to his own knowledge and skills. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and regularly freshens up on his first aid skills.

Education: Business degree from University of Iceland and a Master's degree in International Marketing and Management from Copenhagen Business School.

Job experience: Business consultant, both privately and for IBM Business Consulting, Marketing Director for Husasmidjan (Large Icelandic DIY retailer) and Account Manager for the Icelandic Advertising Agency.

Past Adventures: He has successfully climbed 5 of the 7 summits and climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas. One of his proudest adventures is a rafting adventure/documentary film expedition with his mountain friends-group through the Dark Canyon (Dimmugljufur) in North-east Iceland. Haukur and his son learned to dive together on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, he has rafted the Nile in Uganda, driven a Super-Jeep in Afghanistan for the peacekeeping units (ISAF/NATO), and visited the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Finnur P. Frodason - photo hiking & driver guide, Iceland Private Tours guide.
Finnur is our "grand old man" and is Haukur's father. Born and educated in Denmark as an interior architect he moved to Iceland immediately after receiving his degree. He has always been interested in anything Nordic and Arctic and feels most alive in the wilderness - so the Icelandic highlands fit him perfectly. Finnur soon joined Air - Ground Search & Rescue and started hiking with The Iceland Touring Association where he has been guiding on various hikes for years ("decades" would be a more appropriate unit of measurement - sorry dad :) On his own he has travelled across most of Iceland, hiking and or driving in his 4x4 and often with way too much photo gear. Finnur has been an avid photographer since the age of 15 and he´s had 3 photo exhibitions in Reykjavik. Finnur is our most experienced hiking guide and the natural choice when we plan our photo tours in Iceland. He has had a 4x4 for years and like all of our driver guides he has a commercial driver's licence. His photo equipment consists of a Mamiya 645, Hasselblad X-pan, Canon EOS 5D II, printing on a Canon IPF 5000.

 Finnur has a degree as a guide from the University of Iceland.

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