PERMANENT STAFF

Gísli Ólafsson   Iceland-flag

Owner, Captain and Manager
Languages: Icelandic, English, Swedish

The founding brothers of our company are Snæfellsnes locals and have been fishing in the local waters for decades. They know this area and its wildlife intimately and are our owners as well as captains on the boats. Gisli is the general day to day manager of the company as well as the main captain on the whale watch in Snæfellsnes. 

Skarpheðinn Ólafsson   Iceland-flag

Co-Owner and Captain
Languages: Icelandic, English

The founding brothers of our company are Snæfellsnes locals and have been fishing in the local waters for decades. They know this area and its wildlife intimately and are our owners as well as captains on the boats. Skappi, as he is known to us, is the chief engineer, looking after all the boats, as well as being one of our captains. 

Marie Mrusczok   Germany-flag
Winter Guide and spotter
Languages: German, English, Russian, French (basics)

Our head winter whale watching guide and summer spotter Marie has been working with orcas for many years. She founded Orca Guardians, an organisation dedicated to protecting orcas around Icelandic waters and keeps the catalogue of orca sightings recorded in our area. As one of our main species seen, she has more knowledge of orcas around Snæfellsnes than anyone else. She also helped to create the Code of Conduct for responsible whale watching in Iceland. 

Arnar Guðlaugsson   Iceland-flag

Handyman and Crew member
Languages: Icelandic

Addi is mostly kept busy behind the scenes of the company, keeping everything going as our handyman. 

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Nicola Horsnell  

Reception
Languages: Icelandic, English,

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Lilja Magnúsdóttir   Iceland-flag

Accountant
Languages: Icelandic, English

SEASONAL STAFF

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Judith Scott   British-flag

Tour Guide
Languages: English

Our main guide in Hólmavík and whale watching guide in Ólafsvík for part of the season, Judith, has been working with whales for much of the past twenty years. She is a seasoned whale watching guide, having worked in the USA, Norway, Mexico, South Africa and Australia among other places. She sailed around the world for over two years conducting sperm whale research, having wanted to work with whales since the age of seven. She is a keen wildlife photographer and regularly sells her images. 

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Joséphine Mayr  

Tour Guide/ Captain
Languages: French, German, English

Our new captain, engineer and guide Jo speaks French, German and English and has worked outdoors for many years, including as a sail trainer and as a glacier guide. She has spent years working on the water and now extends this passion for the ocean to whale watch guiding and being the first female captain at Láki Tours! We are very proud to have supported her with obtaining her captains’ licence and she could be your captain on any of our three boats. 

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Karl O’Neill   British-flag

Tour Guide
Languages: English

One of our Ólafsvík whale watching guides as well as working on the puffin tours, Karl is a very talented photographer and videographer as well as a guide. He has worked with sharks in South Africa and the UK and now spends much of his year in Iceland with the whales and birds. As a keen naturalist he spends as much time as he can outside, photographing any animals he can come across!