The smaller size of our ship and the smaller passenger numbers ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised whilst allowing the passengers to visit smaller communities that donít usually benefit from this form of tourism. Most tourists to Iceland stay (and often donít leave) in the Reykjavik area and in a few other restricted locations, so by enabling our passengers to visit some different areas without putting any strain on local amenities, we are spreading the financial benefits and the load of our visit.
Whale watching is a growing industry in Iceland, and what better way to protect the whales from the whalers harpoon is there than to make these magnificent beasts a great financial benefit to the local community in such a way that hunting them, as still very occasionally happens, becomes economic madness for the community.
We rely heavily on small local businesses for providing local excursions for our passengers, providing an income to several smaller local firms.
Much of the food on board is bought locally, especially fish and lamb, and increasingly fruit & vegetables are all locally grown in hot houses powered with naturally sourced warm air taken from underground.
We encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts. By visiting some of the more outlying communities we will spread the financial benefit of our visit to some rarely visited areas of the country.
The shipís managers will buy as much of their produce as possible from local communities, and we will also encourage our passengers to spend money in the communities that we visit. By trying some local delicacies (often fish based), you will support the economy, it will be better for you and, who knows, you might enjoy it too.
We will endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically.
We will encourage our passengers to learn and understand as much as possible about the local traditions and way of life to enable them to appreciate the reality of life in Iceland.
Reviews of Iceland cruise, Circumnavigation
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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
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2016 by Eduardo Stein
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
See the midnight sun. The quality of that light! Seeing the sun going from W to N and to East above the horizon
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Check well your excursions on shore before reserving. Plan well ahead cause cabins in the 3rd and 4th floor sell quickly!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes and no. Yes, cause the water use was low in the toilets (vacuumed). Yes because at every stop there is a chance to eat on the place and buy stuff or visit attractions. I would reduce the carton use in the lunch boxes and encourage people to reuse those nasty plastic water bottles (we used only a pair in the whole trip).
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I loved it, I rested, I got excellent service. Only criticism: the cost of shore excursions. Quality/price of the horse (too short for good riders) and superjeep tour that was not adventurous at all.