Iceland Northern Lights vacation

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Responsible tourism: Iceland Northern Lights vacation


Iceland is renowned for its incredible geology and landscapes and along with our suppliers we are working to ensure that this is preserved. Iceland has an incredible resource in the form of geothermal power. Both the hotels that we feature during this split centre vacation have water supplies heated by geothermal energy. They are well insulated against the harsh winters and have strict recycling policies.

The hotel featured in Reykjavik has been built within one of the diminishing number of traditional style Icelandic buildings remaining in Reykjavik. It was built in sympathy with its surroundings at considerably higher cost than the modern structures that many other hotels favour. The hotel is also built next to a Viking archeological site which has now been exposed and preserved beneath the hotel and provides a truly historical insight into the lifestyle of Reykjavik's ancestral inhabitants. The hotel is proud of the local culture and reflects this within the décor of the hotel.

Through our activity vacation we are working in partnership with one of Iceland's most responsible suppliers who appreciate the natural resources that they have been given. They have a very strict environmental policy stating that "Nature is the adventure" and their itineraries are tailored in such a way that they do not harm or effect nature. Their four guidelines are: Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time. Leave nothing but footprints. Make nothing but memories.

They offset their carbon from any activity transfers through the Icelandic Carbon fund. They also 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 a public forum that issues statements and gives their opinion on all matters concerning construction in Icelandic nature.

As much waste as possible is recycled and religiously removed from the activity sites. At the start of every trip participants are provided with information on how best to pass through the environment without leaving their mark, so future generations can visit these special places in their natural state.


Our suppliers run a guide school and train their own guides in Iceland thus stemming the flow of young people to mainland Europe.

This vacation is two centered and provides an economic benefit to a wide area. The second base is within a predominantly rural area and the hotel provides vital employment and income in the region which is away from the main tourist hubs and is usually only visited on day trips. The hotel takes pride in offering locally produced menus and employs predominantly local people whenever possible. The hotel pool is heated geothermally.

The use of small hotels and businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

Our suppliers only use Icelandic meats and ingredients in their packed lunches and local guides who are passionate about the environment and the conservation of Iceland.

2 Reviews of Iceland Northern Lights vacation

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2017 by

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

Everything was really good. I can't really single anything out.

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

Food & drink is expensive.

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

Without tourism Iceland doesn't have very much, so yes it did benefit the local people.

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

Near to perfect. The 5 days & 4 nights is enough.

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2016 by

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

Traveling in the completely unspoiled wilderness with a really knowledgeable guide - and good company.

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

Enjoy the real differences in the culture and make sure you have a warm jacket!
Don't expect the Northern Lights - they're a bonus.
If you're going to the Blue Lagoon make sure you can get at your swimming things easily. Sadly ours were in the luggage and we got there straight off the plane! A rather wasted experience for us.
Make full use of Happy Hour - drinks are expensive!

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

We had such friendly hotel staff in both hotels and the restaurant we went to in Selfoss was excellent. Hotel Ranga was lovely and warm (thermal heat)and clearly wanted you to appreciate its ethos - lots of young trainees working there to a very high standard.

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

The four days we were there were organised very well and we saw geysirs, stunning frozen waterfalls, tectonic plate landscape, glaciers and a very good visitors centre near Eyafjallajokull explaining the eruption. Marten our guide, knew the backcountry so well we were soon off the main tourist tracks and into pristine wilderness. We'll go again.

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