Camping in Iceland holiday for 18-29s

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Camping in Iceland holiday for 18-29s

Environment

In Iceland we only use locally owned and run guesthouses or the camping grounds on their property. When travelling the Icelandic countryside, we tend to stay in the camp grounds of converted farm houses, some of which are still working farms such as horse farms. Our stay contributes to the local economy and helps the families living in this pretty inhospitable terrain.

Our camp ground in the Hvolsvollur Valley is a leader in responsible tourism and sustainability. It’s a working family farm comprising of around 300 hectares. About 30 cows, 30 horses, 80 sheep, plenty of ducks, rabbits and goats are kept here, as well as landnámshænan, a rare ancient Icelandic chicken. All the animals on the farm are free-range but have access to a house in winter. Berries, turnips and potatoes are also grown here, and all the farm’s produce is used in the hotel restaurant. The guesthouse is committed to their sustainability policy, and the accommodation and restaurant are eco-labelled by the Nordic Swan. Since the arrival of the first settlers in Iceland, deforestation has taken place to make space for pastures and overgrazing has led to soil erosion. The farm owners then had the idea of starting a tree planting project on their land to contribute to lowering CO2 and counteracting the soil erosion problem. Our travellers have the opportunity to join the effort and head out into the surrounding hills to plant trees themselves, which is an included activity we offer on this trip.

We shower in farmhouses as majority of households in Iceland use geothermal water or water heated up by using renewable hydropower which is developed sustainably.

We help to keep the terrain pristine while camping. We leave campsites clean, take a bit extra time to clean up a spot, dispose waste properly, emphasize on waste sorting and recycling, use reusable containers and water bottles and drink tap water or refill water bottles in a stream.
On this Iceland trip we use a private minibus throughout. However, our local operator has recently purchased a brand-new fleet of vehicles all of which meet the European emission standards.

Community

All our Iceland trips are run by our local Destination Management Company (or DMC), which is based out of Reykjavik. They share our values in terms of responsible travel and relay this onto our leaders who impart their wisdom on our travellers. Our DMC is run by locals and employs mostly local Icelandic leaders.

Many of the areas surrounding Reykjavik receive large numbers of day-trippers, mainly staying on cruise ships. This style of travel doesn’t benefit the local communities living in the countryside, which is why our itinerary takes the road less travelled. Staying in local camp grounds brings benefits and understanding of adventure tourism to the locals.

Iceland is experiencing a tourism boom and travelling in a small group means we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. As such this small group tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

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