Trekking vacation in Iceland

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Responsible tourism: Trekking vacation in Iceland

Environment

Our mission statement is simply: “Nature is the adventure”. Through it we have tailored all our trips in such a way that they do not harm or effect the nature. We always inform all our clients of how to take part and pass through nature without leaving a mark.

Our four guidelines are:

Take nothing but pictures.
Kill nothing but time.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Make nothing but memories.

Environmental Responsibility:

When we need transport between places or transfer of luggage or supplies we offset the carbon emission through the Icelandic Carbon fund.
We also take part in the Icelandic Nature Conservation organization (www.natturuverndarsamtok.is ) and through them take an active part in supervision over constructions in the highlands of Iceland. The organization is puplic forum that issues statements and gives their opinion on all matters concerning construction in the Icelandic nature.

On our treks through the magnificent Icelandic nature we place a heavy emphasis on our Leave No Trace Policy.

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 foucs 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. 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 elsewhere 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.

Community

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 Rauđa Húsiđ or Hafiđ Bláa, 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 Trekking vacation in 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 30 Aug 2015 by

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


All the scenery was wonderful. The whole vacation felt like we were on another planet!

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


Go for it!

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


I was pleased to go with a local company employing local people. There was a good culture on the trek of limiting environmental impact

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


First class

Read the operator's response here:

Hey Sarah,

we are happy to hear you had such a good experience walking the Laugavegur Trek with us. Preserving this incredible
nature is of utmost importance for us!

Hope to see you again in Iceland.

Best Regards,
Alexander Schwab

Marketing Department
Arctic Adventures

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