Responsible tourism: Iceland day tour, glaciers, volcanoes & waterfalls
On our rafting, canoeing, sea-kayaking, snorkelling and diving tours on and in the magnificent Icelandic rivers, fjords and lakes we place a heavy emphasis on our leave no trace policy:
- Kill nothing but time - Take nothing but photographs - Leave nothing but footprints - Make nothing but memories
At the start of every trip we will provide participants with information on how best to pass through with out leaving their mark, so future generations can visit these special places in their natural state. Each trip has a different approach, for example a diving trip and raft trip have different focus points. This means for example that divers exit and enter dive sites at designated places only to minimize intrusion and effect on the nature. On every trip all participants are instructed not to remove anything from site and try their utmost not to disturb wild life.
When we need transport between places or transfer of people, luggage or supplies we offset the carbon emission through the Icelandic Carbon fund. We take part in the Icelandic Nature Conservation organization and through them take an active part in supervision over constructions in the highlands of Iceland. The organization is public forum that issues statements and gives their opinion on all matters concerning construction in the Icelandic nature.
We recycle as much of our waste as possible. Both at our office, at our base camps, in our restaurant and on tours we take all waste with us and dispose of it after the trip. We only use local guides, Icelanders that are passionate about their environment and its conservation. We run our own guide school here in Iceland. There we train all our own guides.
Environmental matters are kind of imprinted in all Icelanders. We are the only nation that depends solely on renewable energies for heating our houses and creating electricity (no fossil fuels except for cars). The conservation of electricity here in Iceland is therefore not the same big issue as else where in Europe. We also have an abundant supply of water since we have very much rain- and snowfall. In addition to that the Icelandic nature is so unspoiled that all running water in Iceland is fit for drinking, right out of the rivers and streams. Hence bottled water is not an environmental concern, it is not used on any of our trips.
On our tours and in our restaurant at Drumbó we use all the Icelandic ingredients we possibly can e.g. we only use Icelandic lamb meat, fish and vegetables.
Every single trip we operate is genuinly Icelandic, packed lunches are made with Icelandic ingredients. If we dine in restaurants we eat for example at Rauša Hśsiš or Hafiš Blįa, that are Icelandic seafood restaurants in the small towns of Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri on the North Atlantic coast. All our services are performed in the countryside or highlands and we are fiercely local, using only hostels, guesthouses or hotels where we have a personal relationship with its owners and staff.
At the start of every trip we will provide participants with information on how best to pass through without leaving their mark, so future generations can visit these special places in their natural state. Each trip has a different approach, f.ex. a cave trip and raft trip have different focus points. We run our own guide school here in Iceland where we train all our own guides. They are all passionate about their environment and its conservation.