Guðrún Helgadóttir is a professor of tourism at The University of South-Eastern Norway and Hólar University, Iceland. She has led numerous research projects and published in international journals on equestrian tourism, events and tourism sustainability in addition to co-authoring and illustrating a textbook and a handbook of best practice in equestrian tourism. Guðrún has organized a number of conferences and volunteered at various events. She developed a diploma program of study in event management for Hólar University in Iceland. She is an amateur equestrian.