Ari Trausti Guðmundsson
Lecturer, Nonfiction Writer
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson has been active as a lecturer and nonfiction writer in the fields of geology, volcanology, glaciology, astronomy, environmental science and mountaineering, with some 40 published book titles. In addition, Ari Trausti has published poetry and short stories in magazines and anthologies since the 1970s and in 2002, he received the Laxness Literary Prize for his collection of short stories. His fiction writings also contain seven collections of poems and four novels.
Educated as a geophysicist in Norway and Iceland, Ari Trausti works as a freelance consultant in the fields of geoscience, tourism and environmental issues as well as writing and hosting numerous radio and television programs and documentaries for over 30 years. He has been an official guide for Icelandic ministries, the office of the President and several scientific institutions. Ari Trausti is also noted as an avid mountaineer in many countries, an Arctic/Antarctic traveller and contributor to scientific exhibitions, visitors centres and museums in Iceland and abroad.
In 2007 and 2010, he received prizes for communication in science. He is an international member of the Explorers Club. Ari Trausti was a candidate for the office of the President of Iceland in 2012.