Northern Lights holiday in Iceland with Dr John Mason
Description of Northern Lights holiday in Iceland with Dr John Mason
2021: 30 Oct, 2 Nov
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PlanetOn this trip we visit Sólheimar, one of the oldest eco-villages in the world founded in 1930. It has an approximate population of 100 people, many of whom deal with learning difficulties. Every year, Sólheimar allows volunteers to come and help the community with their various environmentally-friendly projects, be it harvesting the year’s crops or helping residents with their day to day lives. Other projects ran by Sólheimar include harnessing geothermal energy, recycling and producing organic horticulture. Now powered with thermal and solar energy, the village is fully sustainable, boasting a greenhouses, an arboretum, egg-laying facilities and forestry programmes.
We also include a lunch at a very special organic tomato farm at Fridheimar, where the owners grow their tomatoes using green energy, thermally heated water for the greenhouses and organic pest controls.
Endangered species: We are a big supporter of the protection of endangered species around the world. Although a global ban on commercial whaling came into effect in 1986, approximately 1,000 whales are still being killed every year, with Iceland being one country to defy the ban. We encourage our travelers to avoid purchasing whale-based dishes or souvenirs to discourage fueling this trade.
UK & Global offices: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in all our Global offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, 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.
PeopleAccommodation and meals: Our small group size allows us to stay in smaller locally-run hotels and guesthouses that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited size. We include breakfast and 4 lunches on this trip, allowing travelers to choose where to eat and spend locally for other meals.
Community: Aside from the care the village provides to its community, Sólheimar eco-village is also home to a great number of sustainable local businesses and workshops, including those dedicated to candle-making, carpentry, weaving, soap-making, arts and crafts. Sunna, Iceland’s largest provider of organic fruit and vegetables, also runs a shop at Sólheimar.
Group size: This small group tour has a maximum of 13 participants, meaning that 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 far as possible.