Accommodation and Meals:
Iceland is unique in that a high percentage of accommodation both private and commercial, runs on geothermal heating and waste is recycled appropriately throughout the trip, which reduces our impact on the environment. Where meals are provided, locally sourced ingredients are usually used to make a mixture of continental and authentic style dishes, such as freshly caught fish or smoked lamb with potatoes.
Guides generally purchase snacks and picnic provisions from local shops along the way, which supports small businesses in the area. Clients are reminded to avoid whale meat if they encounter it.
Responsible practices here centre around protection of the natural heritage that is causing such a boom in tourism. This trip visits many of the natural highlights of the country, thus reinforcing the need to protect them. Waste disposal is key, and the leader will provide communal rubbish bins on the bus to ensure clients do not leave any litter behind. The visits themselves are conducted on foot and any restricted areas are respected.
One of our visits on this trip is to the visitor centre at Thorvaldseyri farm. This was set up by a local farming family after the Eyafjallajokul eruption, as they were very badly affected and now provides a regular source of extra income.
Our Icelandic operators hire local guides for each trip and use a bus company from a small town in South Iceland for the driving in all of their trips. This is mutually beneficial in that the community benefits from employment opportunities, whilst clients gain an insight into the country from staff with valuable local expertise. Our operators are also eager to contribute to local organizations devoted to conservation and community efforts. They run various programs for local children with disabilities or disadvantages in conjunction with the Salvation Army, so that these children can take part in activities like caving, glacier walking and going on a rope course.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.
Refreshing summer holiday to explore Iceland's rugged beauty
From £2289 7 days including UK flights