Responsible tourism: Northern Lights holiday in Finland
Our local partner’s guides are trained to minimise impact on the environment while supporting the guest’s experience. Guides practice a ‘Leave No Trace’ principal on the trail - all litter is removed from all of our activity sites; all rubbish from picnic lunches and snacks is collected and disposed of properly. Our suppliers are also encouraged to recycle whenever possible in all the regions we travel and guests are always recommended to carry reusable water carriers rather than plastic bottles during day activities.
We encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of the local inhabitants of the destination they are visiting by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc (provided in their pre-travel information). We have also included activities with a cultural base and in addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.
We strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.
Local employment in the traditional industries of Finnish Lapland such as Forestry has been slowly declining. This economic turn is particularly noticeable in the small, relatively unknown region of Finnish Lapland and working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically. We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect.
We embrace this philosophy, employing local activity providers and using only locally owned hotels. In this manner we help to maintain jobs in an area where unemployment was, until recently, very high. Additionally, the use of local suppliers ensures that the tourism spend filters through to local economies via the tourism multiplier effect.
In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local accommodation, transport and activity providers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly.
The hotel in Jeris also serves as much local produce as possible and stocks locally made souvenirs. Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small village such as Jeris the effects of such a drift could be devastating.
The use of small family run hotels and businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.
By using local suppliers we can ensure that they are they are committed to designing and operating our holidays in such a way to ensure we maximize the positive effects of tourism on the local economies, cultures and the environment whilst minimising any negative impacts.