Greenland adventure and diving expedition
Description of Greenland adventure and diving expedition
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetAqua-Firma provide a contribution to rainforest rehabilitation and purchase when you book with us. Funds committed so far have paid to create 10,000 acres of protected forest within a new 5.9 million acres of national park, national reserve and 57 community owned territories in Amazonian Peru. This has also allowed us to help fund the protection of more than 1,000 acres of rainforest in Madagascar, plus new forest reserves in western Ecuador.
We work hard to protect and conserve the destinations we visit around the world and the fragile Arctic ecosystem is no exception. In protecting the Arctic and instilling a sense of environmental stewardship in our clients, we employ a range of successful methods and initiatives.
Whilst on these trips, your-on board natural history expert, through guided walks and evening talks, reveals not only the wonders of the Arctic realm and its wildlife but also some of the conservation issues which this fragile habitat and its species face.
PeopleSome voyages we offer are so remote that there is no indigenous village / community as is the case in Spitsbergen, outside of the main town Longyearbyen. In Greenland however, the Inuit have a rich and colourful culture. On our Greenland voyages we visit local museums and small shops, but where these do not exist we often radio the head of the village to check if a visit is welcome which it invariably is. Most recently in Greenland, the head of the village (who spoke 5 languages) invited all 15 of us to tea and cake at his house then we visited the local school, where our expedition leader was proud to point out 2 of the school books he had written on the shelves! Wonderful win-win scenarios for which language is no barrier.
Where opportunities exist, we encourage guests to purchase souvenirs other than shells and polar bear related goods. In the Arctic and in particularly in Iceland, we advise strongly against the purchase of whale meat in the local restaurants, which showcases the whaling trade (by the tourist) when the local population do not themselves eat whale meat.