Haukur Parelius ‘Hawk’
Hawk is our proprietor, driver guide & certified 4×4 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 traveling 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.
Hawk has a passion for adventure – and would love to help you with your Iceland adventure.
Ásgeir Sigurjónsson (‘AJ’) – Driver-guide
AJ has been guiding visitors to Iceland since the turn of the millenium, both on modified 4×4’s and on snowmobiles. AJ has a deep understanding and vast experience of
travelling in Icelandic in all seasons and every kind of weather. Like so many of us, he has a passion for Iceland, especially the highland wilderness, whether it’s powered by
a super-truck, snowmobile, motorcycle. AJ is father of three children a son and two daughters born 19 minutes apart.
AJ bought his first super jeep at the age of 19 and started traveling in the highlands of Iceland, exploring the wilderness and enjoying the great outdoors.
AJ´s education is a Flight Data Specialist and used to work for ICAO later ISAVIA. Working shifts in Air traffic control center in Reykjavik AJ started guiding visitors to Iceland as a second job. AJ worked for ISAF In Afghanistan doing force protection 2010-2011 and up on coming back to Iceland AJ made guiding visitors to Iceland his full time job. You’re in very capable hands with AJ as your driverguide.
Ársæll Hauksson ‘Asi’ – Driver-guide
Asi was born in Reykjavik in middle of the last century. He has lived in Iceland his entire lifetime. He made driver guiding his main occupation 10 years ago after traveling extensively around Iceland for many years. As with all our guides, his love of Iceland’s nature has set his path. Asi’s main interests are Icelandic history, geology, glaciers, and super jeeps. You’re in good hands with Asi who has been traveling with tourists in Iceland for years and still enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for our unique country which is full of lava fields, glaciers, hot springs, desert sands, volcanoes and black beaches. Asi’s favorite ice cap is Langjokull and the number times he has visited that glacier is uncountable – but he still loves the adventure and you will benefit from both his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. Asi is professional tourist guide from The Iceland tourist guide academy. Asi is married to Helga and they live close to Iceland’s president, in the outskirts of Reykjavik.
Finnur P. Frodason ‘Finn’ – Photo & driver-guide
Finn is our “grand old man” and is Hawk’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. Finn 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 traveled across most of Iceland, hiking and or driving in his 4×4 and often with way too much photo gear. Finn has been an avid photographer since the age of 15 and he´s had 3 photo exhibitions in Reykjavik. Finn is our most experienced hiking guide and the natural choice when we plan our photo tours in Iceland. He has had a 4×4 for years and like all of our driver guides he has a commercial driver’s license. His photo equipment consists of a Mamiya 645, Hasselblad X-pan and couple of new Canon’s, printing on a Canon IPF 5000. Finnur has a degree as a guide from University of Iceland.
We have a few more driver-guides who work with us regularly and others who are free-lancers so we can take larger groups. We only use driver-guides who are safe drivers with good knowledge of Iceland and have years of experience.
We have more driver-guides on part time basis