The main tourist season in Iceland is the summer with its long days and midnight sun. You will be fascinated and enchanted by volcanoes, craters, lava fields, sandy deserts, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, bird cliffs and fjords! The empty, open space, peace and extraordinary beauty of nature you will encounter are breathtaking. You will be tempted to try various outdoor activities, from cozy short walks to rapid rafting on rushing rivers.
The wintry Iceland is ideal not least for the adventurous. Super jeep safaris, snowmobile tours and glacier walks are particularly attractive in this season. Peace seekers will also find something appealing in Iceland in the winter, the silence of the glittering snow-covered landscape is an ideal place to take tours along frozen waterfalls and steaming hot springs. The short winter days are made up for by the northern lights that quite frequently show themselves under ideal conditions especially in the countryside. Moreover, Iceland is very cozy during the Advent and the days before the new year in Reykjavík when the city glitters in beautiful Christmas lights.
Katla DMI is your local Incoming-Specialist, that organizes group- and individual tours in Iceland. Our most popular tours are 8-15 days long. We recommend a minimum of week duration to see the main attractions and longer tours if you want to enjoy all that Iceland has to offer more intensively. Some people want to avoid changing their accommodation every day, for those we offer tours with various daytours starting in Reykjavík. These are examples of our best sellers:
- Tailor-made tours according to your wishes
- Interesting additional services that are tailored to your group
- Daytour program for a flexible holiday organisation
- Accommodation in all price ranges of good quality
- Good value for money
Special Interest Tours
- Agriculture – Geothermal & food production
- Geology – Tectonics, volcanoes & glaciers
- Culture – Iceland Airwaves, Literature Festival, Reykjavík Dance Festival, RIFF
- History – Visiting the scenes of the Iceland Sagas
- Hiking tours – „Only where you have set your foot, have you been really” (J.W.Goethe)
- Interior Iceland – Icelandic wilderness
- Bird watching tours – Diverse and tranquil
- Photographic tours
Are you a tour operator that serves individuals that want to visit Iceland? Katla DMI organises round trips with rental cars for those who want to explore Iceland on their own. Our accommocations vary between hotels, guesthouses and holiday homes owned by icelandic families. As always our customers’ wishes are our command, but it is our experience that certain tours are more popular than others.
Rental car round trips
- Accommodation in either hotels or guest houses with/without private facilities
- Classic round trips
- Tours in the Icelandic interiors
- Extensive round trips including peninsula Snæfellsnes and/or the Westfjords
- Tours in various regions, e.g. coast, fjords, interior Iceland, West-Iceland etc.
- Spending the holidays in the same way that Icelanders do
- Cozy holiday homes owned by private families
- Duration 3, 4 or 7+ days
- Houses in all regions of Iceland
- Beispiele: North- and West-Iceland / South-, West- and North-Iceland
Are you looking for ideas for your private holiday?
If you would like to spend your holiday in an Icelandic holiday home we recommend our partner Viator Summerhouses.
Coherence is the key to a successful planning of a conference. We make sure that the conference host has the space and time to attend to his professional side of the conference by dedicating our time to all the detailsinvolved in the project’s management; i.e.
- booking the venue and other conference components
- communication with and booking the travel side program for the participants
- managing financial aspects of the conference
Our expertise lies in maintaining the helicopter view while never losing sight of the smallest details. That is how we ensure the success of your conference.
You define, we direct. – Iceland offers unimaginable options for all seasons, and it is our expertise to convert your wishes and expectations into unforgettable experience.
- Best hotels
- Spa / Relaxation
- Pure nature
- Reykjavík – living capital of the North
- Tailor made offers
- Team building
Whether a kick-off, anniversary, gala, wedding or a fashion show – your event is safe and secured with us. We combine professionalism with creativity for our planning to ensure successful execution of your event. Our goal is to exceed our client expectations.
We have organised the marriage of many couples in Iceland, e.g. in front of one of Iceland´s waterfalls, or in the national park Þingvellir. Iceland offers various kind of locations for all sort of events with excellent facilities.
Share with us your ideas, we can make them real!
Katla DMI is dedicated to the organization of holiday travel, meetings & conferences, incentives and events of all kinds in Iceland, the island of fire and ice.
We have over 17 years of experience in the organization and sales of group tours to Iceland, mainly on the German market and we like to expand to other markets as well. Our work and life experience abroad, our language skills and understanding of the European market allows us to serve our customers well and create a memorable experience for the tourists in Iceland.
Our team has not only excellent knowledge of the market but also of Iceland itself. We combine the passion for our destination, Iceland, with tourism expertise and excellent customer service – and therefore believe that we can exceed the expectations of an incoming agency.
Our customers are both large and small operators, companies and businesses as well as clubs, organizations and interest groups.
8 reasons why you should work with Katla DMI
- We are passionate about Iceland
- Highly qualified Staff
- Customized Iceland trips and events of all kinds
- Focus on customer satisfaction and high service level
- High quality standards
- Quick response to requests (within 48 hours)
- Effective problem solving when needed
- Thoroughly selected suppliers in Iceland, to ensure our quality standards
Do you need further information or want to send us an inquiry: We look forward to hearing from you. Please send us a request either via Email at email@example.com or give us a call: (+354) 561 7550
We look forward to hearing from you.
Please send us a request either via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call: (+354) 561 7550
Bjarnheiður Hallsdóttir Managing Director (and owner)
Bjarnheiður studied Tourism Management at the FH München and is the co-founding member of Katla Travel. Heida, as she is called, has also worked in various other areas of tourism such as a teacher at the University of Iceland and the Kópavogur School of Tourism as well as holding lectures at various events around the topic “tourism”. The passion for her job goes so far that she lists tourism as her hobby – followed by exercising, hiking, choir singing and swimming in the ocean. She loves all parts of Iceland, particularly lying by the sea and glaciers views.
Pétur Óskarsson Managing Director (and owner)
Pétur was working for Icelandair in 1986 as a tour guide in the Zillertal in Tyrol and in Kaiserwinkel Walchsee. Later he studied Marketing Management at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg and Tourism Management at the FH München where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Pétur is a co-founder of Katla Travel GmbH in Munich where he worked from 1997-2002 as Managing Director until he moved back to his homeland, Iceland. Since 2003 he has been the Managing Director of Katla DMI. In addition to tourism he has a number of interests, such as politics, nature and outdoor activities – and the latter he prefers doing with his children. His favorite place in Iceland could not be more secluded; Trékyllisvík in the Westfjords.
Anna Vilborg Ívarsdóttir Business Development Manager
Anna has also studied Tourism Management at the University of Applied Sciences Munich and began working with Katla Travel in 1998 while still studying. After graduating, she took over co-management of Katla Travel until taking a family leave in 2003, moving from Munich to Hamburg and then Hague in the Netherlands. This time she also used to acquire an MBA degree and worked at various smaller projects. In 2012, Anna returned to Iceland, where since 2013 she rejoined the team of Katla DMI. In her spare time she enjoys time with her family, some sports, and studies homeopathy passionately. When asked about her favorite place in Iceland, she replies without hesitation “The South Coast”.
Atli Antonsson Junior Product Manager
Atli has a BA degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Iceland and a MA degree in European literature from the Humboldt University in Berlin. He gained his first experience in the field of tourism in Iceland where he worked at the Landhotel Hali in Suđursveit and two summers as a park ranger at the Þingvellir national park. Since spring 2013 he has been a part of the Katla DMI team. In his spare time he enjoys reading, listening to music or playing basketball. Atli’s favorite place in Iceland is clearly the Þingvellir national park, not only because of its scenic beauty, but particularly because of its medieval history.
Brynjar Óskarsson IT-Manager
Brynjar has a degree in computer science from the University of Iceland. He has worked full time in the IT field for Katla DMI since 2006. He loves all places in Iceland that allow him to practice his biggest hobby, paragliding. In addition, he plays the trombone and is a member of a marching band.
Dorothee Hippel Text editor & Junior Product Manager
Dorothee graduated from the University of Cologne with a Master of Arts in Scandinavian- and German studies and History. She has been associated with Iceland for a long time. She worked 7 years for the largest Iceland book collection in Germany, gave Icelandic lessons for beginners at Nordica language institute, and co-organised readings with Icelandic authors. In addition she lived in Iceland for long periods during her studies. In the spring of 2014, Thea (as she is called) moved to Iceland and has since worked at Katla DMI. Alongside she is writing her dissertation on Icelandic literature at the University of Munich. During the summer season she can share her knowledge of Iceland when she works as a guide. Her hobbies include traveling, dancing and hiking, the latter particularly on the Reykjanes Peninsula or in Thingvellir National Park.
Eyrún Olsen Product Manager FITs
Eyrún has extensive experience in various areas of tourism. She has worked as a tour guide in Iceland and Scotland and held seminars on tour guiding for the company Útivist as well as working at the office. In 2001 she joined the Katla group and the same year acquired two degrees at the Kópavogur School of Tourism, in the fields of tourism and business. In addition to hiking, Eyrún loves handicrafts, photography and music. Her favorite places in Iceland reflect her love for hiking; Þórsmörk and Fimmvörðuháls.
Ólöf can look back on over 30 years of experience in the tourism industry, in accounting for over 25 years. In the spring of 2008, she joined Katla DMI and has since then been Manager of finance and accounting for the Katla group. Her spare time she loves to spend with her grandchildren and reading. She also appreciates good food. Ólöf feels especially connected to the region of Mývatn in North-Iceland, where she was born and raised.
Ramona Pittroff Product Manager Groups
Ramona first worked in the film industry in Germany for the DEFA (Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft). In 1996 she switched saddles and started training in tourism. After graduating as a travel agent she worked at a Berlin bus tour until the year 2003 when she moved to Iceland and joined the team of Katla DMI. She loves almost any kind of outdoor activity, traveling and photography. Ramona refuses to choose a favorite place in Iceland but for her “the more remote and lonely, the better” whether in the highlands, the Westfjords or other regions of the countryside.
It began in 1997 in Munich, as Pétur Óskarsson and Bjarnheiður Hallsdóttir, while studying Tourism Management in Munich, founded the tour operator company “Katla Travel GmbH”. Under the slogan “Island Individuell / Iceland Individually” they organized and sold tailor made group and individual packages. In cooperation with Neckermann Reisen, Katla Travel offered a number of charter flights that made travelling to Iceland more affordable than ever before and allowing a more flexible product design.
Viator – Holiday Home Rental
In 2002, the holiday home rental and Katla’s sister company “Viator” was founded in Reykjavík. So far, cottages had only to a limited extent been available for tourist rental in Iceland, but the demand had increased noticeable. With Viator the door opened up for Icelandic house and cottage owners to the tourist rental market. The idea to rent holiday homes that were unused large part of the year to foreign guests fell on fertile ground.
Katla DMI – Iceland Incoming
In 2003, the operation of Katla Travel for incoming travelers spun off and Katla DMI in Reykjavík was founded. Today, both companies operate completely independently as separate companies. Katla Travel’s main focus are individual guests whereas Katla DMI serves as an incoming agency for tour operators of German-speaking guests – both for self-traveling guests and for groups of all kinds.
The number of employees of the Katla Group has grown in these 17 years, from 2 to 20. The staff is primarily from the field of tourism and / or have a strong connection to Iceland and Germany.
Holiday Homes investments
In recent years, the Katla Group has invested in its own holiday homes to strengthen its offer. The group attaches great importance to the quality of the houses themselves and all equipment, with emphasis on promoting Icelandic design. Today there are 5 holiday homes owned by the group, one in each part of Iceland.
Katla DMI is always looking for innovations and new challenges in order to strengthen its market position. Thus, recently the attention has been focused more on the product ranges meetings, conferences, incentives and events.
Creativity – Team spirit – Success
These three values make up our model. We are convinced that creative collaboration is the key to success – The success of satisfying our customers.
Be ready to leave old paths to make way for new opportunities.
- We constantly look for new ways to develop and improve ourselves, our products and our services in order to serve our customers better
- We look to a high level of communication as we believe that exchange of ideas, experiences and opinions generates better results
- We aim high for our clients and by keeping an open dialog with all parties involved we can better insure effective and mutually acceptable solutions and goals
We believe this makes work more fun – only those who enjoy their work will bring out the best in themselves.
Together we can move mountains.
- Our employees are a source of expertise and are open to meet the needs of our customers
- Our employees work with a high degree of personal responsibility and freedom in order to fulfill their task in accordance with the expectations of our customers
- We are aware that we are the link between service providers in Iceland and agents in Germany, and this role must be met with loyalty, honesty and diligence
- As an active member of the Icelandic tourism industry, Katla DMI consciously tries to influence its development in a positive manner
This level of teamwork requires mutual respect maintained among all staff and with all partners.
Is measured at the highest standard. – For us, success entails …
- Thrilled guests
- Long-term cooperation with our partners
- Happy employees (and coworking guides)
- Stability and long-term profitability of our company
- Sustainable use of Icelandic nature
To know whether we have achieved this, we measure our success on a constant basis. In addition to regular performance measurement we conduct surveys among our customers and make sure that the results are used to improve our performance.