About Us

Why Your Friend In Reykjavik?

Hi, we’re Valur and Hilda your new friends in Reykjavik. This is our small, family-run business. Valur is the manager, a certified tour guide and the designer of all our tours, Hilda runs the office and our baby boys Óðinn and Trausti Týr provide inspiration by being cute. Consider us your friends, here to show you around and make sure you have a great time. Our tours are designed to show you the best of our city and to teach you about our country through interesting stories. We want you to enjoy Icelandic hospitality at its finest, but most importantly, we want you to have fun! Join us and share in our passion for history, food, beer and making new friends.

Your Friends in Reykjavik

All our guides are expert locals so they really know the heart of Reykjavik. Being raised in Iceland makes a difference as we know firsthand our customs and cuisine. We know how to entertain as well as educate like hundreds of 5-star reviews can confirm. We've got a passion for our country, it's history, food, beer, and mythology and we try to make sure you will love Iceland like us. You are also in safe hands with us as most of us are official tour guides and / or with years of experience guiding in Iceland. Most of us are also members of the Icelandic Tourist Guide Association which is granted only to those who have passed a comprehensive one-year training program, approved by the Icelandic Ministry of Education.

Why Your Friend In Reykjavik?

Hi, we’re Valur and Hilda your new friends in Reykjavik. This is our small, family-run business. Valur is the manager, a certified tour guide and the designer of all our tours, Hilda runs the office and our baby boys Óðinn and Trausti Týr provide inspiration by being cute. Consider us your friends, here to show you around and make sure you have a great time. Our tours are designed to show you the best of our city and to teach you about our country through interesting stories. We want you to enjoy Icelandic hospitality at its finest, but most importantly, we want you to have fun! Join us and share in our passion for history, food, beer and making new friends.

Your Friends in Reykjavik

All our guides are expert locals so they really know the heart of Reykjavik. Being raised in Iceland makes a difference as we know firsthand our customs and cuisine. We know how to entertain as well as educate like hundreds of 5-star reviews can confirm. We've got a passion for our country, it's history, food, beer, and mythology and we try to make sure you will love Iceland like us. You are also in safe hands with us as most of us are official tour guides and / or with years of experience guiding in Iceland. Most of us are also members of the Icelandic Tourist Guide Association which is granted only to those who have passed a comprehensive one-year training program, approved by the Icelandic Ministry of Education.

The Expert Guides of Your Friend In Reykjavik

Valur

Valur is a name for Falcon in Icelandic and he is the manager & chief guide with Your Friend in Reykjavik. Raised on the Westman Islands in the south of Iceland but left that small fishing village when he was 20 and has lived in Reykjavik ever since. He has toured all over Iceland as a musician. An avid Food & beer lover, he is your go to guide to where to eat & drink in Reykjavik. He is a graduate of the Icelandic Tourist Guide School and also a member of the Icelandic Tourist Guide Association. With a love for traveling, meeting new people, trying different things and enjoying food and beverages from different countries. Valur is Your Friend in Reykjavik.

Hrafnhildur

Her name is Hrafnhildur but feel free to call her Hilda! She oversees the bookings of the tours, answers your emails and various office work. She majored in History and Politics and worked in the service industry and the public sector in various fields. She loves outdoor activities, travelling, trying different food, meeting new people and share experiences. She loves Iceland and really hopes you will to. That’s why we have created our tours, because we really want you to leave Iceland with a positive experience, and even better, that you want to come back again. Hilda is Your Friend in Reykjavik

Sólveig our great guide

Sólveig

Sólveig is a certified tour guide and a middle school teacher who was born and raised in Reykjavík. So she knows a thing or two about the culture, history and living in Iceland. She likes to multitask as she, besides guiding and teaching, volunteers both for a local search and rescue team and for YMCA and YWCA in Iceland. Sólveig is friendly, smiley and likes to share her knowledge about Iceland. Sólveig is Your Friend in Reykjavik.

Perla

Perla is a certified tour guide from Iceland who loves showing curious travelers around her country. She has been working in the Icelandic tourism industry for the last 8 years, planning and operating all kind of trips, so she is happy to give you advice for your travel and answer all the questions you might have. Perla is born and raised in the town of Hafnarfjörður, known as the town of the Vikings. When she’s not guiding you will find her hiking the mountains around Reykjavík, taking photos, traveling the world and meeting new people. She likes a busy schedule so she also volunteers for the local search and rescue team. Perla loves sharing stories about the Icelandic nature, culture, history and folklore. She is looking forward to greet you in Iceland with a warm smile! Perla is Your Friend In Reykjavik

Snædís Your Great Guide

Snædís

Snædís (translates to Snowfairy) is a graduate from The Icelandic Tourist Guide School, a part of that was to learn first aid so she is always prepared and also a member of The Icelandic Tourist Guide association. She is young and ambitious so she always tries to do her best at everything she does. She loves learning and telling others about the things she knows and what she knows most about is Iceland where she was born and raised. Even though she has always lived in Reykjavík ("the big city") she knows the countryside of the island just as well as she travels all over Iceland every chance she gets. She loves meeting new people and really loves her country and what better way to enjoy that than to be a guide. Her goal is to share her love for her homecountry, it's history, the people and the stories. Snædís is Your Friend in Reykjavik

Gudni our great guide

Gudni

Gudni is a certified tour guide, born and raised in Reykjavík, Before tourism, Gudni worked in the seafood and fisheries in various towns and villages around Iceland as well as in Norway and Newfoundland. Hiking, cross-country skiing and volleyball are among his hobbies as well as interests in food and culture. Gudni is Your Friend in Reykjavik.

Ester Our Great Guide

Ester

Ester is a certified tour guide and was born and brought up in Iceland but lived abroad for several years, so she is able to see our country from several viewpoints and compare it to many other countries and cultures. "Iceland is an amazing country and Reykjavík has everything you could ever want, despite its smallness." She particularly loves the many amazing restaurants and the vibrant cultural scene. Being an avid knitter, She also loves all the woolen goods available as well as the Icelandic designer items. Like most Icelandic women, she is fiercely independent and can be uncomfortably honest, but spending time abroad has taught her some manners... ;). Ester is Your Friend In Reykjavik.

Astor

Astor

Meet Ástþór (or just Astor, if the spelling scares you), your food and beer guide. Ástþór has five years' experience when it comes to tour guiding in various forms. Having been trained as an actor, Astor knows a thing or two about keeping his audience engaged and entertained. He's eaten a lot of food (most of it Icelandic) and drunk A LOT of beer (it's a bit touch and go in that area, but in the last few years, yes, at least 80% Icelandic beer). A perpetual night owl and suffering from a near-terminal case of Peter Pan syndrome, Ástþór knows more than most would care to admit about Reykjavik's night life and will be happy to give you pointers on where to go for a good night out. Astor is Your Friend in Reykjavik.

Fanney

Fanney grew up in a tiny seaside village in the North of Iceland, but she moved to Reykjavik at 17 and has stayed here ever since, enjoying everything the big city has to offer. When she's not in downtown Reykjavik sipping on beer and eating harðfiskur, she's probably out somewhere hunting for the Northern Lights. Her favourite thing to do is meeting new people and being able to share Iceland's history, nature and culture with new friends from around the world. Fanney is Your Friend in Reykjavik.

Stefan our great guide

Stefan

Stefan loves walking around town, talking to people and telling stories! So after thinking about which job he could do for fun, tour guiding was a perfect fit! He's been a very active city tour guide and done hundreds of tours, always with a smile on his face and a loving, welcoming attitude. Fully engaged with sharing the stories and talking to our guests. Stefan loves making art and when he is not guiding he goes to the cafe's and draws people for hours at a time and then might make a song or two in the evening. Excited about culture, mythology, and history. Stefan is Your Friend In Reykjavik.

Barði

Bardi is a certified tour guide graduated from The Iceland Tourist Guide School. He was born and raised in a small fishing village near the international airport. Barði studied acting and lived for several years in Spain so he is also a Spanish speaking guide. He worked as a cabin crew member for 17 years and among his interests is art, culture and history. Bardi is Your Friend in Reykjavik

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