This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.
Responsible tourism: Iceland activity vacations
On our multi adventure tours through the magnificent Icelandic nature 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 cave trip and raft trip have different focus points.
When we need transport between places or transfer of 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.
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.
Reviews of Iceland activity vacations
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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
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2015 by Vicki Harris
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Hot Spring hunt and heritage tour plus horse riding
The glacier walk, the visits to the waterfalls and Vik Bay.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
If you have children be aware that many of the starts are at 8 or 8.30 in the am. Particularly because we had a very early flight from Bristol, our teenage children found the early starts a bit much over the week
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I feel that they benefited local cafes and provided employment. Overall I think Iceland is struggling to cope with the volume of tourism in the area around Reyjavik (we didn't go more than 3 hours out of the city.) I don't think that the vacation providers can do much about this until the government acts - but they did give clear messages about taking care of the environment.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I would rate the vacation 4 and the vacation provider a 5. Both the staff in their main office in Reyjavik and on the trips were brilliant - motivated, well informed, very efficient and above all very pleasant. I have not come across a better company.