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Guiding Training and Qualifications

With Arctic Adventures you are in safe hands

All of our guides need to go through extensive training and first aid courses to be qualified to guide the trips within Arctic Adventures.

Training and qualifications for driver-guides (sightseeing and multi-day guides)

All our sightseeing and multi-day driver-guides have an expansive first aid training. All are licensed commercial drivers with diverse and extensive knowledge of Icelandic nature, culture and history.

Training and qualifications for glacier guides

Our glacier guides are trained and routinely assessed in crevasse rescue, glacier safety and client care. Lead guides are qualified Wilderness First Responders with years of experience taking clients safely through Hard Ice terrain. We strive to maintain the highest standard of training for our guides and have a team of international instructors who hold qualifications such as the Hard Ice Guide certification from the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association.

Training and qualifications for snorkeling and diving

All our guides are certified PADI Divemasters or certified PADI dive Instructors.

Training and qualifications for caving

All our caving guides have an extensive first aid training (Wilderness First Responder certificate). To be qualified as a caving guide, the trainee is an assistant guide until he is assessed to become a trip leader. Our guides get a field trip with a geologist, visiting the caves we visit on our tours.

Training and qualifications for white water rafting

All our trip leaders have a Wilderness First Responder certificate as well as most of our guides. Our guides are qualified Swift Water Rescue Technicians or White Water Rescue Technicians. Certified by Rescue 3 International or similar. Every spring our qualified guides need to do a refresh course for their rafting and rescue technique.

Training and qualifications for sea kayaking

All our trip leaders have a Wilderness First Responder certificate as well as most of our guides. BCU training and standards 4-star trainee, 4-star leader.