Faculty

Leah Burns

 Georgette Leah Burns

Leah is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department. She holds a joint position with the Icelandic Seal Center and her key research interests are in wildlife tourism and the ethics of managing human-wildlife interactions.
 
 
 
Guðrún Helgadóttir
 
Guðrún Helgadóttir professor, divides her time between the Department of Rural Tourism and Telemark University College in Norway. She does research mainly on horse tourism as a cultural phenomenon and intangible heritage.
 
 
 
 
Laufey is an Assistant Professor in the Department. Her primary research interests are in food and tourism, rural tourism, and culture and tourism.
 
 
 
 
Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir
 
Guðrún Þóra is an Assistant Professor in the Department. She holds an MBA in tourism management from the University of Guelph and an MA in comparative literature from the University of Oregon. Her research interests specialize in tourism in rural areas and building destinations.
 
 
 
Kjartan Bollason
 
Kjartan is an Assistant Professor in the Department. He has managed projects on product development in nature-based tourism, capacity building and running of eco-certification systems for tourism in Iceland. He currently teaches issues regarding sustainability and tourism, such as the role of guiding and trail management.
 
 
Bergþóra Aradóttir
 
Bergþóra obtained an MSc in Geography from the University of Uppsala in 1998. She currently runs the BA thesis course in the Department.
 
 
 
 
Emilía Örlygsdóttir
 
Emilía obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Iceland in 2015. She teaches tourism and culture, and regional development.
 
 
 
Evelyn Ýr KuhneEvelyn Ýr Kuhne
 
Evelyn is a tour guide who runs a successful horse tourism business in the local area. She teaches courses on guiding and hospitality.
 
 
 
Áskell heiðar ÁsgeirssonÁskell Heiðar Ásgeirsson
 
Heiðar has an MA in tourism from Hólar University College and is known for his development and management of successful festivals and events across Iceland. He teaches courses primarily in the Event Management Diploma in the Department.
 
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