Iceland holiday, Summer Solstice

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18 Jun 2017
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Responsible tourism: Iceland holiday, Summer Solstice


Our aim – which is also our priority – is to ensure a maximum of quality on our trips, enabling each participant to experience a re-centering on his or her personal life. Those short adventures are for people with open, contemplative, active minds, who are willing to take time to discover, feel and meet.

Whether you travel alone in Iceland or with one of our small group trips we encourage you to follow this basic eco-friendly rules:

- Don’t leave waste behind you, take all the rubbish with you until you can find a proper litter bin
- Recycle as much as possible during your trip
- Follow footpaths and don’t walk on unmarked trails in order to protect the flora, don’t pick native flora even rocks or stones you could find pretty!
- Drink from taps and try to avoid buying plastic bottle. Water in Iceland is really good, use a flask when you go walking and refill it each time, with fresh water (due to a wealth of fresh water rivers that flow down from the mountains and glaciers it’s perfectly safe to drink from the source)
- If camping don’t contaminate, river and spring by using washing products which can contain detergent and phosphate. Try to use organic washing products without chemicals.

On our tours we eat local, as much as possible organic with a vegetarian tendency except for the delicious grilled leg of lamb and the unmissable local fish. We are particularly concerned by offering well-balanced and nutritious meals. If you have a special diet you need to let this now before the beginning of your trip.

We are ourselves based in Iceland and work all year round from our office, where we try to use as little private transportation as possible even though Icelandic road and conditions make us use engine such as 4x4 to transport our customers safely.

Whenever possible we walk and encourage slow travel by focusing on a small region instead of driving long hours to do the whole country. A lot of our tours are even based at the same place in North Iceland with little kilometers to drive everyday. The aim is to feel, experience and explore places hard to find without possessing the keys instead of glancing over.

We support a local association called Fjoregg and have meeting to make change in a better sustainable energy, wastewater treatment and protection of lake Mývatn birdlife. We also plant a tree for every 2 customers that book with us.


Our company is family run (run by an Icelandic/French couple Harpa /Jean Marc), specializing in small group tours. Together they have over 15 years experience travelling and guiding. Harpa studied anthropology, Kundalini yoga and music and will tell you stories of the world of elves and trolls. She is also the president of the local association "Fjoregg" in order to protect the environment. You will have the chance to become an adherent and support this association whilst on your tour. Jean Marc is a professor of Aikido and Qigong and a Shiatsu therapist.

With them you’ll have the opportunity to encounter your own nature while contemplating the beauty of Iceland and forgetting yourself in the midst of the elements. Our extensive knowledge of Iceland enables us to offer original tour itineraries for different durations at all times of the year, as every season has different experiences to offer. We think that our trips provide a good balance between the region's well-known 'must-sees' and off-the-beaten-track pearls.

We encourage people to buy local products and handicraft, respect customs and traditions, be polite in front of locals and even manage to speak a few Icelandic words even though Icelandic people usually speak good English. Respect for local people, their cultures, traditions and environment are essential to our philosophy and we work hard to ensure our groups have a positive impact on the places and people visited. We hope that our clients will be treated as guests rather than as tourists whilst travelling with us.

Guided tours
With your local driver and guide you’ll experience Iceland more like a guest than a tourist. They will show you their favorite spots, and will tell you the stories and legends attached to every place. Tours often focus on contemplation, meditation, observation of wildlife, meeting of the local people and traditions...

Self-drive tours
We recommend eco-friendly accommodations and suggest itineraries that involve as little drive as possible. We try to reserve 4x4 only for necessary trips. Most of the activities we offer are eco-friendly and focus on nature instead of using big engine.

Reviews of Iceland holiday, Summer Solstice

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Scenic beauty and eco-systems are two sides of the same coin. The clean air, the lakes, the falls, the lava fields, the glaciers. How does such stark and panoramic landscape co-exist with spectacular sights in Northern Iceland?

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

For the above 50s age group, a fair bit of walking on uneven tracks, but worth it! If you're doing the Highlands (as this trip was titled)be prepared that late summer onset can mean that the snow on the slopes might mean that the roads are closed-as it happened to us. Now no one can do anything about this, but we must be told in advance of the possibility. If people have planned this trip around the Highland experience, that's only fair!
Cooking (or helping, since I don't cook to save my life!) was fun and I did notice that my sleeping bag was new (appreciated that!).

Carry a trekking stick even if its not on the check-list given.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Perhaps in terms of what I hope to write, yes! But, apart from being aware of the fragility of the eco-system, it sounds a bit presumptuous to say yes, yes, yes to the three things you ask-certainly not on a 6 day stretch!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Lovely experience, competent and painstaking guide in Emma.

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