All walking trails are clearly marked and we strongly encourage all visitors to stick to designated walking paths to avoid erosion of trail surrounds and other environmental damage. Visitors are also encouraged to avoid littering which is especially applicable to those on self drive itineraries who may enjoy picnics in the national parks - they are encouraged to use litter bins and take excess rubbish with them to sites offering recycling facilities.
The hotels we use continuously focus on preserving the environment while still maintaining a high service level for guests. All the hotels work under the same Environmental Policy and as of 2015 ALL 09 hotels in the chain have been granted the ISO 14001 Environmental standard certificate. The ISO 14001 is an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) providing a standard measurement system for hotels to calculate and improve environmental performance through a systemized approach.
The hotels environmental policy seeks to: Counteract the negative environmental impact caused by activities conducted by the hotel. Attempt to maintain resources, minimize waste and increase recycling efforts. Choose products and services with respect to the environment. Place emphasis on using Icelandic ingredients and resources. Comply with applicable laws and regulations relating to environmental issues. Inform guests about the Hotel's environmental policies and how they can participate. Educate staff and service companies on environmental issues and encourage better performance in this area.
As an example, the hotels monitor monthly the usage of electricity, water and waste management system. The hotels try to save electricity, hot and cold water and encourage guests to use their bath towels more than once. They recycle all organic waste and special waste is taken to special services. They try to use environmentally friendly cleaning materials, paper and printing offices, limit driving and flights as much as possible and always aim to use Icelandic and organic products.
All the hotels use water heated by geothermal sources for both heating and for hot water throughout each property, as well as using electricity generated by either geothermal energy or hydro-electric power, reducing reliance on fossil fuels to a minimum.
This vacation is booked using a small locally owned and operated hotel chain which strives to be responsible for their impact on society and the environment.
The chain of hotels is an active sponsor for Landsbjörg, the National rescue team: every year a fixed portion of the income from all the suites in all their hotels goes to the team to help fund their important work. Every year the hotel chain sponsors the National Cancer Society by donating a portion of the yearly income of the so called Pink Suite in the Hotel Reykjavik Natura: guests get to choose to upgrade to the suites which helps give back to society.
The hotel chain helps to support contemporary artists, musicians, designers and writers by providing performance space in select hotels: this not only enhances the guest experience but is also an important expression of local culture.
The hotels used on this fly-drive vacation are important local employers with all hotel staff sourced locally which is an important in keeping wages in the local economy.
We encourage visitors to buy locally produced handicrafts which is especially important for some of the smaller, quieter communities in Iceland. As the board basis is only bed & breakfast this also encourages visitors to support local shops, cafes, bars and restaurants for lunches and dinners.