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Safety & Guide Training

All of our guides are highly experienced in dealing with the often unforgiving Icelandic elements. They are all certified Wilderness First Responders and go through crevasse and mountain rescue training every year under the supervision of a UIAGM-IFMGA certified guide. In doing this we strive to maintain the highest standard of training for our guides and have been accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association for our training program. 
 
There are many rewarding things in exploration and adventure including learning something new about a place and yourself, this is the reason many of us travel. To be able to join a trip with like-minded people yet with many unknown variables including your fellow travelers is your first leap of faith.  For many of us, this is a step outside of our comfort zone. We are glad that you have found this page to find out more about the steps we take to mitigate the inherent risks involved in the trips we offer.  Our goal is to make your excursion with us enjoyable and for you to feel assured about your safety.
 
 Although Glacier Guides is growing quickly, we take great caution not to lose sight of our goals and to never let the quality of the experience for our guests suffer.
 
Glacier Guides is the only company outside of the United States that has received this accreditation and it far exceeds the regulations set for tourism operators in Iceland. In short what this means for our guests is that Glacier Guides meets or exceeds the standards set and reviewed by the AMGA in the following categories:
 
General business practices
Guide training
Staff training and professional development
Operating guidelines,
Access and permits to land use,
Insurance for our guides and guests
Compliance with state, federal and local regulations
Resource stewardship
Adherence to current industry standards
 
Currently, Glacier Guides is applying for Vakinn, the quality and environmental system for Icelandic tourism.