Responsible tourism: Iceland photography vacation and Northern Lights
These short adventures are for people with open, contemplative, active minds, who are willing to take time to discover.
When you travel alone in Iceland or on one of our small group trips we encourage you to follow these basic eco-friendly rules:
- Donít 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 donít walk on unmarked trails in order to protect the flora, donít pick native flora even rocks or stones you could find pretty! - Drink from the tap 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. - If camping, donít contaminate the river and spring by using washing product which can contain detergent and phosphate. Try to use organic washing products without chemicals.
On our tours we eat locally and as much as possible organically with a vegetarian tendency except for the delicious grilled leg of lamb and the unmissable local fish. We are particularly interested in 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 work with local suppliers and most of the places we select are chosen for their quality and are locally owned. We pay local communities directly and donít work on large scale with international corporations. Itís also why we only travel in small groups (up to 12 people only).
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 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.
We are ourselves based in Iceland and work all year round from our office, trying to use less transportation as possible even Icelandic road and conditions make us use engine such as 4x4 to conduct safely our customers. Whenever possible we walk and encourage slow travel by focusing on a small region instead of driving long hours to do the whole country. A lot of our tours are even based at the same place in North Iceland with little kilometers to drive everyday. The aim is to feel, experience and explore places hard to find without possessing the keys instead of glancing over.
We support a local association called Fjoregg and have meeting to make change in a better sustainable energy, wastewater treatment and protection of lake Mżvatn birdlife. We also plant a tree for every 2 customers that book with us.
Our company is a family run company owned by Icelandic/French couple Harpa /Jean Marc who are based in Iceland, that specializes in small group travel. Together we 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 possibility to become an adherent and support this association. Jean Marc is a professor of Aikido and Qigong and a Shiatsu therapist.
With us youíll 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.
On each of our tours we benefit locals and focus on the quality and simplicity in everything
Guided tours With your driver and guide youíll experience Iceland more like a guest than a tourist. They will show you their favorite 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...
Self-drive tours We patronize eco-friendly accommodations and suggest itineraries that involve as little driving 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.