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OUR STORY AND MISSION

Founder’s Mike and Ryan met by complete chance back in 2014 on the other side of the world. In a remote village in Japan, Mike was teaching English at a local school while Ryan happened to be passing through on a walk across the entire country. After Mike noticed a big bearded westerner wandering through the streets, they introduced each other and, as fellow adventurers, instantly became good friends. As fate would have it, three years later Mike would come to Iceland and became a glacier guide, while Ryan, now a professional landscape photographer, would soon follow.

Together these two crazy Americans decided to start the Ice Pic Journeys team as a passion project. Through their previous experience guiding with Icelandic companies, Mike and Ryan knew that they wanted people from all over the world to understand the glaciers and how they are changing. What better way to understand them than to create a personal experience combined with the visual elements of photography. This way, when you hike with us on any Iceland adventure tour, you will learn about the Icelandic glaciers first hand. But you will also have a professional photographer making unique, personal images for friends and family to see.

It is our mission to reveal to the world, ourselves amongst these natural wonders as a first step towards awareness and preserving the only glaciers that we have.  

ICE PIC JOURNEYS TEAM

RYAN NEWBURN

RYAN NEWBURN

CO-FOUNDER ICE PIC JOURNEYS TEAM

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Ryan moved to Iceland in 2018 to become a glacier guide for another company. Over these years, Ryan would develop his skills as a photographer, constantly shooting the landscapes that he was guiding in. Eventually he noticed that clients would always be happier when he would bring his camera on the tours while subsequently sending them the photos. Realizing the demand for having a photographer as well as a guide on a tour, he founded Ice Pic Journeys to give them just this.  Also check out his personal Instagram: thestrawhatbackpacker.

MICHAEL REID

MICHAEL REID

CO-FOUNDER ICE PIC JOURNEYS TEAM

Mike, a 3 time Guinness World Record holder and expedition athlete, has been guiding in the industry for over 5 years and has over 1000 glacier hikes under his belt. He is certified to the highest level for both glacier and alpine trekking guiding in Iceland under the Félag Fjallaleiðsögumanna á Íslandi (Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides) and also serves as an instructor to aspirant glacier guides. He can either be found climbing in the deep blue vertical ice caves or planning his next 9-day Vatnajokull Ice Cap crossing.

Adam Ice Pic Journeys

Adam

Guide + Adventure Photographer

Adam, A.K.A. ”Mario Man” has lived in Iceland for the past 5 years but has travelled across the globe as a Dive Instructor for almost 10 years. He loves all things outdoors to do with H20, whether it be in a liquid or frozen form. Adam’s H20 hobbies include Surfing, Paddleboarding, Freediving, Spearfishing, SCUBA Diving and now Glaciers.

But he also loves to spend time indoors gaming. He is the founder of the Mario Kart community in Iceland and has organised many large scale events in Iceland sponsored by the Nintendo Dealers (Ormsson) and is currently the second best Mario Kart player in the country!

He has plans to open his own gaming centre next year so if you want to do a tour with him you better be quick!

Dario from Ice Pic Journeys

Dario

Guide + Adventure Photographer

Dario discovered photography about 25 years ago (Circa 2009).  In fact, he bought his first Canon SLR to refine his technique and to try different photographic styles. Then the artistic breakthrough came in 2011, when he purchased a Canon full frame for Christmas. This upgrade, combined with his desire for knowledge, opened the door to professional commercial photography.

Immediately he traced his path to Still Life & Food Photography (with all branches of development, from web to print) and finally to nature photography, which became his life.
This allowed him to travel abroad to photograph the most beautiful places on earth! Making his desire to combine travel and photography stronger. Meanwhile, he also specialized in video shooting and editing.  He even started making travel videos, showreels, and documentaries, with which he is developing as long-term projects. Fun Fact: In 2019 Dario made the transition to live and work in Iceland as a glacier guide, where he fell in love with this work and sharing once-in-a-lifetime places with you!

Ice Pic Journeys Team Krzysztof

Krzysztof

Guide + Adventure Photographer

Krzysztof, was once a hitchhiker who traveled over 6,000 km across Europe.  But when he came to Iceland he got addicted to these dynamic landscapes so he stayed longer. 

He’s living the dream!

Working with Ice Pic Journeys allows him to connect all his favorite things – Photography, Super Jeep Driving, long exciting days in nature, and the BEST  thing — Sharing it with other people!

Fun Fact: Krzyszstof is always ready to wake up at any time of the night to see Northern Lights!

Ice Pic Journeys Team Member Piotr


Piotr

Guide + Adventure Photographer

Piotr is passionate about the outdoors, glaciers, mountains, and anywhere cold. Alongside of his adventures, he brings his camera to capture wonderful moments and landscapes.

He hails from a small village surrounded by forests and lakes. As he made the transition to the land of fire and ice he decided to get his Hard Ice Guide Aspirant and become a fully certified AIMG Guide.

He’s truly on his dream journey, to become a better guide and mountaineer. Piotr is full of interesting stories to tell about these frozen lands.  His mission is to make people understand and connect with nature through his guiding!

Becca at Ice Pic Journeys

Becca

Operations & Travel Expert

Becca has a background as a Scuba Instructor and Adventurer Driver guide here in Iceland with a Masters in Sustainable Tourism Management.  After a break in guiding while becoming a Mum Becca has joined us at Ice Pic Journey to ensure that our operations run as smoothly as possible behind the scenes. That way, the team can just have fun on the day with you!  Day to day you might touch base with her as she helps you plan your trips or answers any of your questions!

Ice Pic Journeys Ann

Ann

Business Development Manager

Ann’s past lives include professionally skydiving across 6 continents and photographing adventure weddings all over the world (including Antarctica).  She has been to 90+ countries and finds peace anywhere on or near a glacier.

She is also a degreed Logistics & SEO guru who loves to SUP, ice climb, hike, build brands, and scout new locations via super jeep in the Highlands of Iceland!

Ice Pic Journeys Editor Ola

Ola

Editor & Designer

Ola applies her creativity to both graphic design and illustration. At Ice Pic Journeys, she is tasked with ensuring that you receive the perfect photos! Additionally, she excels as a master of collage illustration and animation.
 
In another world, she would have been a mermaid, as she discovers peace in the water. During her leisure hours, you’ll likely find her at a swimming pool or wandering in nature, seeking inspiration for new and exciting projects.
Ice Pic Journeys Team Noami

Noemi

Social Media Manager

Noemi, is a Latin polyglot musician, who is also a clinical laboratory technician, lawyer, and master in education. Her expertise extends to crafting virtual learning objects, showcasing a talent for designing and developing digital educational materials for online learning.

Beyond the books and art, she transforms into a globetrotter, leaving her mark on 45+ countries. Armed with a camera, she turns fleeting moments into everlasting memories. Skillfully combining her love for photography, travel tales, and enchanting melodies, she creates captivating social media content. 🎬

Her mission?

Showcasing Iceland’s wonders to the world!

ICE PIC JOURNEYS FLEET

Reykjavik Operation:

Sunset with Land Rover Defender owned by Ice Pic Journeys

Drogon

Inside of Land Rover Defender Ice Pic Journeys

Land Rover Defender SE 110

Sunset with Land Rover Defender

Glacier Operations:

Ice Pic Journeys Nissan Patrol

Ecoliners

Sunrise shot of Ice Pic Journeys Super Jeeps

Nissan Patrols

Ecoliner Super Jeep Ice Pic Journeys
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