Knitting holidays in Iceland

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2017: 1 May
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Responsible tourism: Knitting holidays in Iceland

Environment

Arena Travel is 'passionate about your passions' we aim to provide high quality holidays that give people the opportunity to develop their interest with likeminded people whilst on holiday. The benefits are many: people learn and develop their skills; they build friendships with fellow travellers and experience the richness and diversity of other cultures when they travel with us. We welcome single travellers and ensure that they feel comfortable and safe. We also offer our “Stitched Together Programme” which enables single travellers to be introduced to new travelling companions. We aim to give our customers a life enriching holiday through genuine engagement with people of other cultures who share their interest.

Environmental responsibility
We have introduced a number of initiatives in our office to try to reduce our impact on the environment. We have moved away from large printed brochures to a web-based approach. If customers require a brochure we can print on demand the relevant flyer(s) thus reducing waste. Any waste paper is recycled and we also separate our general waste from recycling and have a recycling bin collection. We have also introduced a cycle to work scheme. Our Travellers' Code includes advice on how to minimise water consumption when on holiday and we give advice on which types of shampoo, soap and so on will have the lowest impact on the environment of the country being visited.

Community

Social
We provide pre-trip background information that includes amongst general information, a briefing about the social and political situation in each country. This includes advice about any particular customs which should be observed, such as dressing modestly and greeting local people appropriately. Any of our tours which include a visit to a local community are accompanied by a local guide who will brief our customers on cultural norms and expectations before the visit. As described above, our Stitchtopia holidays always include visits to local communities and where possible we seek to ensure that these are projects which make a positive contribution to the social wellbeing of the community in which they are based.

Economic responsibility
In our Stitchtopia holidays, we always seek to meet with local groups who share our customers' interests. The tours are selected because they visit places which are renowned for their connection to yarn or textiles; thus our customers are keen to visit these places in order to purchase locally produced materials and to better understand and learn the traditional techniques. We impress upon our suppliers that it is important to us that they seek to hire local guides to lead our tours. On this trip to Iceland, we support the local community by paying a visit to local yarn shop Storkurinn. This will prove a great chance for you to pick up some authentic creative supplies. We also visit the Hand Knitting Association of Iceland and the Arbaejarsafn Open-Air Museum where you will learn about the life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavik.

The base for this holiday is the Icelandic owned, Foss Hotel. Located in the heart of the city guests can easily explore Reykjavík's magnificent architecture, captivating history, vibrant markets and rich culture. Guests can enjoy local Icelandic cuisine in the hotels restaurant 'Haust' that prides itself on only using local ingredients and classic cooking.

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