Northern lights & winter break in Reykjavik, Iceland

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This trip can be tailor made between October and April

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern lights & winter break in Reykjavik, Iceland


Our aim – which is also our priority – is to ensure a maximum of quality on our trips, enabling each participant to experience a re-centering on his or her personal life. Those short adventures are for people with open, contemplative, active minds, who are willing to take time to discover, feel and meet.

Walking is as low-carbon as transport gets, keeping emissions on this trip to a minimum.

Whether you travel alone in Iceland or with one of our small group trips we encourage you to follow this basic eco-friendly rules:

- Don’t leave waste behind you, take all the rubbish with you until you can find a proper litter bin
- Recycle as much as possible during your trip
- Follow footpaths and don’t walk on unmarked trails in order to protect the flora, don’t pick native flora even rocks or stones you could find pretty!
- Drink from taps and try to avoid buying plastic bottle. Water in Iceland is really good, use a flask when you go walking and refill it each time, with fresh water (due to a wealth of fresh water rivers that flow down from the mountains and glaciers it’s perfectly safe to drink from the source)
- If camping don’t contaminate, river and spring by using washing products which can contain detergent and phosphate. Try to use organic washing products without chemicals.

On our tours we eat local, as much as possible organic with a vegetarian tendency except for the delicious grilled leg of lamb and the unmissable local fish. We are particularly concerned by offering well-balanced and nutritious meals. If you have a special diet you need to let this now before the beginning of your trip.

We are ourselves based in Iceland and work all year round from our office, where we try to use as little private transportation as possible even though Icelandic road and conditions make us use engine such as 4x4 to transport our customers safely.

We support a local association called Fjoregg and have meeting to make change in a better sustainable energy, wastewater treatment and protection of lake Mývatn birdlife. We also plant a tree for every 2 customers that book with us.


Our company is family run (run by an Icelandic/French couple Harpa /Jean Marc), specializing in small group tours. Together they have over 15 years experience traveling and guiding. Harpa studied anthropology, Kundalini yoga and music and will tell you stories of the world of elves and trolls. She is also the president of the local association "Fjoregg" in order to protect the environment. You will have the chance to become an adherent and support this association whilst on your tour. Jean Marc is a professor of Aikido and Qigong and a Shiatsu therapist.

With them you’ll have the opportunity to encounter your own nature while contemplating the beauty of Iceland and forgetting yourself in the midst of the elements. Our extensive knowledge of Iceland enables us to offer original tour itineraries for different durations at all times of the year, as every season has different experiences to offer. We think that our trips provide a good balance between the region's well-known 'must-sees' and off-the-beaten-track pearls.

We encourage people to buy local products and handicraft, respect customs and traditions, be polite in front of locals and even manage to speak a few Icelandic words even though Icelandic people usually speak good English. Respect for local people, their cultures, traditions and environment are essential to our philosophy and we work hard to ensure our groups have a positive impact on the places and people visited. We hope that our clients will be treated as guests rather than as tourists whilst traveling with us.

With your local guide you’ll experience Iceland more like a guest than a tourist on this trek. They will show you their favourite spots, and will tell you the stories and legends attached to every place. Tours often focus on contemplation, meditation, observation of wildlife, meeting of the local people and traditions...

If choosing a self-drive option, we recommend eco-friendly accommodations and suggest itineraries that involve as little drive as possible. We try to reserve 4x4 only for necessary trips. Most of the activities we offer are eco-friendly and focus on nature instead of using big engine.

Reviews of Northern lights & winter break in Reykjavik, Iceland

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Winter was a fantastic and exciting time to visit. The tour operator arranged a tailor made self drive trip which included Reykjavik, the Snaefellsnes? peninsula, a whale watching trip and the Golden Circle. We appreciated their efforts to build
flexibility into the itinerary to meet our requirements and self drive was a fantastic option, giving us the freedom to flex the suggested route and stop as we chose.

The highlight absolutely had to be the landscape: peaks, lava fields, water/icefalls and geysers, made all the more dramatic by the snow and ice. And we even saw some green and white whisps of the Northern Lights!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Go. Winter is a great time to visit. Do take warm clothes!

- Remember a whale watching trip does not guarantee any sightings. We didn't see orcas (they follow the herring which are not coming close to shore this year), but had a fabulous experience as the views were spectacular
- Don't expect to see the Northern Lights as portrayed by the photographers! The phenomenon is unpredictable, and the requires clear skies. We were lucky to see some green and white whisps and drove out of town to escape the ambient
- Take a gps device e.g. a sat nav in the car, or download to your phone. We used the latter which worked without internet connection and was brilliant as the road maps can be tricky to read at times.

Lastly, do take a guide book. The suggested itinerary from the tour operator was helpful but did not have the detail needed to actually find some of the sights or restaurants etc.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, though I wouldn't say from any 'extra' effort on our part as this seems to be the norm in Iceland e.g. renewable energy sources (heating, electricity), recycling etc. We certainly ate in local restaurants and stayed in local guesthouses but I think it would have been hard not to. Interestingly we both felt that lights were left on a lot more than we were used to in the UK -
perhaps as the energy source is so abundant.

I don't recall a responsible tourism briefing per se from the tour operator.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A fantastic experience! We would definitely return.

My only suggestion to the tour operator would be (i) ensure clients take a guide book (to complement the itinerary) and (ii) to send a courtesy email just before the client's departure date to ensure everything is in order. The package we were sent by the tour operator did not arrive before departure (there was a postal delay) - we failed to pick this up until the last minute at which point the tour operator, when alerted, did what they could given the short notice.

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Iceland was wonderful from start to finish. The Northern Lights were not how you see them on TV etc., but that is no-ones fault, they are a natural phenomenon.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take lots of layers & lots of money Iceland is not easy on a restricted budget.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really - the 2 boat trips did support conservation though.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent, when can we go again?

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