Norway Northern Lights and Fjords holiday
Description of Norway Northern Lights and Fjords holiday
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PlanetOur small group tours are one of the ways in which we are trying to provide authentic travel with a reduced environmental impact on the destinations we visit. We keep our group sizes small, this allows us to visit some of the more off-the beaten track destinations and therefore reduce the impacts of over-tourism. We are able to support small locally owned accommodation and visit smaller, often family run restaurants which do not cater to large groups. By using shared mini-coaches for all transport, we also reduce the carbon footprint per traveller.
Your glass igloo hosts in Ivalo were the first accommodation in Northern Lapland to receive the Green Key award, the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Some examples of how they carry this out include offering recycling facilities in all cabins and no longer offering plastic bottles in accommodations, along with protecting the diversity of the surrounding nature, i.e. bird house and insect hotels. Hiking, biking and skiing tracks are direct from the hotel and as such they encourage low carbon activites such as snow-shoeing and toboggans.
Your journey along the iconic Norwegian coast line comprises a large element of this tour. Traditionally the company Hurtigruten had exclusive access to this route, but in 2017 the Norwegian government ended their 130 year monopoly by granting Havila access and allowing them to also take travellers along the coastline. With this change comes innovation; traditionally the ships on this route are powered by fossil fuels however the Havilla ships are fitted with batteries and are able to partly run on renewable hydroelectric power. Not only will the lack of noise and emissions improve the tourist experience and disruption to the environment, but the approach is essential to meet the strict zero emissions regulations for the fjord region to be introduced by the Norwegian government later this decade. We are proud to partner with Havila for this journey, and welcome their new, green ships.
PeopleAs a company Sustainable tourism is at the forefront of our business philosophy, and supporting local people and their businesses to ensure socio-economic benefit and sustainability for local communities is at the heart of what we do. Supporting local businesses is core to this itinerary, with that in mind all of the accommodations have been selected for their ties to the community and for their best practices in supporting staff welfare.
Havila, a family owned company set up in the 1950ís traditionally as a fishing and shipping company, are dedicated to supporting the local economy and proud to showcase the best of Norway. The ships are outfitted in Norwegian brands, food is sourced locally at ports, they encourage the use of public transport when docked and excursions are run by some of the best local guides.
In Finland, tourism has developed quickly. Back in 1950 over half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture, now tourism is the biggest employer in the region and in the last decade alone overnight stays in Lapland have doubled. With that comes a great deal of responsibility to ensure that tourism develops sympathetically and with due care to the environment in which it promotes.
In Ivalo your glass igloo hosts support the wellbeing of local cultures and languages by informing and familiarizing visitors and staff with Sami culture in collaboration with representatives from the mentioned indigenous people, this includes collaboration with local Reindeer Farms. Very few Sami people still work in traditional Reindeer Farms so it is important that they receive the support from local businesses.
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