Both hotels that are used during this trip have several practices in place to reduce their environmental impact and to ensure the longevity of the destination, of which the natural environment is the main attraction.
The Voyager Inn shares certain facilities with the nearby Hotel Captain Cook, which means that they have not needed to install a swimming pool area and gym centre, therefore reducing the potential environmental impact of their hotel. Shared resources mean that people can experience the same level of care, but without the need to put further strain on the environment by installing unnecessary features.
In addition to the above, the Springhill Suites in Fairbanks is part of the Marriott hotel chain which has several environmental policies in place, including the target to reduce water consumption by 20% by 2020 through a series of energy efficiency programmes, as well as educating and encouraging guests to conserve water and power consumption where possible. Indeed, they were the first major hotel chain to calculate their carbon footprint and to launch a programme to improve energy efficiency, conserve water and support projects that reduce deforestation. This highlights both the local and global scale of their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their practices.
With our small group size we reduce the pressure on the environment, and by doing activities such as husky sledding and walking we are not causing damage to the environment, but still making sure we are enjoying this beautiful area.
This trip is run by our local leaders using their expert knowledge and experience. With all of their operations they aim to keep groups small and itineraries exciting, in order to keep the vacation experience authentic and to avoid mass tourism package vacations and the negative effects that larger tours can have. This vacation has a maximum group size of twelve in order to ensure that the trip provides a unique experience that allows the guests to integrate with the locals and understand their way of life by taking part in traditional events and activities. If the group was larger, the experience would be diluted and the guests would not gain as much insight into the life of the communities that they visit, which is essential in order to appreciate the unique destination that they are in and to understand the various communitiesí cultures, practices and heritage.
Furthermore, during this trip, guests visit a local husky farm, run by a previous winner of the famous Iditarod dog sledding race. Guests have the chance to learn about the art of dog sledding and the integral role it plays in community life in Alaska. Taking part in a short dog sledding tour, guests are also able to contribute directly to the local economy and to ensure that traditional practices are not lost or forgotten.