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Kristján Björn

As a nature enthusiast, visual artist, and experienced guide with a love for Iceland’s extreme landscapes, Kristján Björn has led countless excursions in his home country, including many photography tours. Originally from Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the south of Iceland, though currently living in Reykjavík, he holds a degree in arts from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and another degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. When not leading trips, you can often find Kristján seeking out new adventures for art inspiration.

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Client Testimonials


Kristján is a masterful storyteller and true champion for his guests. His dedication is unparalleled,, and I enjoyed his sense of humor.
— John N., Salt Lake City, UT
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan is clearly a highly skilled and experienced guide but what makes him so special is his enthusiasm. He genuinely cares about his guests and wants them to have the best experience possible
— Cathleen B., New York, NY
Iceland's Northern Lights
Kris was the consumate professional, knowlegeable, helpful, and attentive to everyone's needs.
— Robert C., Corrales, NM
Iceland's Northern Lights
Kristjan was amazing. His knowledge of Iceland, its history, and its area was beyond phenomenal.
— David R., Roseville, MN
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan is one of the most capable guides I have seen. He is extremely knowledgeable both about Icelandic culture and history and about the lay of the land. He made the tour most enjoyable as well as educational. In short, he is outstanding both as a person and as guide.
— Jerry J., Asheville, NC
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan's hospitality is unmatched and his sharing of knowledge about Icelandic culture and history was well done and well delivered.
— Jonathan F., San Francisco, CA
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan's passion for his trade and country, his knowledge of history, nature, and the art scene of Iceland were impressive and definitely made a difference. He had a great attitude at all times, was very receptive to people's needs, and was always willing to share his knowledge about the country, its history, culture, and people.
— Alexia D., New York, NY
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan was an amazing trip leader! I couldn't have asked for anything more in a leader—he was friendly, knowledgable, funny, and an expert at leading the group. His Icelandic heritage really contributed to the authenticity when he told us stories of Iceland's history and culture in a way impossible to achieve by someone who had not grown up immersed in Icelandic traditions. His love for the country, the environment, and his heritage were truly felt and appreciated.
— Michael S., San Francisco, CA
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan is a natural leader, extremely knowledgeable on every topic and a brilliant storyteller. He is organized, patient, and proactively handles the smallest details. He met every challenge with an upbeat spirit.
— Joan G., Portola Valley, CA
Northern Iceland Expedition
Kristjan is truly an exceptional trip leader. His field knowledge is extraordinary, which allowed for seamless itinerary adaptations for trail and weather conditions when needed while maintaining the highest standards of traveler experience. While he is very knowledgeable about the science behind the surreal landscapes you see at every turn on this trip, Kristjan is also a gifted story-teller and would provide the Icelandic mythological explanation for the different phenomena we saw in addition to the scientific explanation. This helped provide a contextual framework for Icelandic folk tales of which travelers may already be familiar.
— Heather H., New York, NY
Northern Iceland Expedition
Kristjan was outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable, fun to be with. Couldn't imaging a better leader.
— Ian C., Atlanta, GA
Northern Iceland Expedition
The best guide...very knowledgable and one of Wilderness' best.
— Gayle C., Atlanta, GA
Northern Iceland Expedition
Kristjan worked had to see that we all had a great time and learned about Iceland and its people.
— Ed O., Cockeysville, MD
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan was an excellent guide—knowledgeable, interesting, organized, and a nice sense of humor.
— Sylvia Q., Berkeley, CA
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan was an absolutely marvelous guide. We enjoyed being on this trip with him so much. He was so knowledgeable about every aspect of Iceland—history, culture, geology, environmentalism—and had a wonderful way of sharing it all with us.
— Peggy K., San Francisco, CA
Iceland Expedition
A master saga teller! Kristjan brought the past and the present to life with his stories. His depth of knowledge of all things Icelandic made for an unforgettable experience.
— Anne J., Long Beach, CA
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan has ruined us now for other guides. He was so wonderful, how could any other guide measure up? He knew his history, geology, geography, politics, legends and lore, and was entertaining and pleasant company too.
— Michelle K., Toronto, Ontario
Iceland Expedition
A top notch guide, very thoughtful, organized, and client-focused.
— Aaron W., San Francisco, CA
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan was a great leader, personable, friendly, and knowledgable. He gauged our group and adjusted the hikes accordingly
— Tim B., San Francisco, CA
Iceland Expedition
We felt so lucky to have gotten Kristjan as our leader! We felt he was part of our family and will miss him greatly.
— Andrea P., Cameron Park, CA
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan is one of the best, most experienced mountain guides I have had on a Wilderness trip. Great job!
— John H., Evergreen, CO
Iceland Expedition
One of the best trip leaders I have had. Shows genuine concern for clients and tries to ensure everyone has a good time.
— Don H., Huntington Beach, CA
Iceland Expedition
Kristjan's story telling, humor, and enthusiasm put him at the very top of his profession.
— John M., Taylor, TX
Northern Iceland Expedition
Kristjan was fantastic and made sure we had a wonderful trip. He has an amazing knowledge of Icelandic history and culture and could answer all of our questions about Iceland, its people, history, culture, and geology. We felt very safe, secure, and comfortable in his care.
— Pam W., Austin, TX
Iceland Private Journey
Kristjan is my favorite person on this planet. He was so fabulous in every aspect and he made the trip!
— Avery M., Los Gatos, CA
Iceland Private Journey
Kristjan is BY FAR the best guide we have ever had. He is professional, fun, knowledgeable, personable, strong, flexible, a good companion, very smart, funny, gentle yet in command, amazing. We could not have had a better guide!
— Kim W., Los Gatos, CA
Iceland Private Journey