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 Bóasdóttir Accountant
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.