who had worked as tourist guides for years, founded the Iceland Tourist
Guides’ Association on June 6th, 1972.
Now, the membership is over 540.
The Association is open to all tourist guides, but the
Professional Guild of the Association, founded in 2004, only accepts
authorized and skilled people as members, and they wear a special badge.
Among the Professional Guild's requirements for membership are: College graduation and
graduation from The Iceland Tourist Guide
Academy on a
university level. Various
refresher courses, comprehensive first aid courses etc, are on offer
regularly. Relatively few of the members, who usually work freelance,
are occupied with tourism the whole year round, but their number is
increasing as the travel season expands by the year.
The ITGA serves to uphold the professionalism, salaries,
education, good reputation, and rights of its members.
It is member of Nordic, European and international guide
associations and federations. In Iceland,
the ITGA is member of the Iceland Environment Union.
The motto of the ITGA is: “Respect
for the land and affection for people.”
affirmations of many sources, the majority of people working
in the tourism sector accepts tips for work well done, and
encourages our guests not to hesitate to show their
appreciation, when they want to.