East Iceland Fjords Midsummer Landscapes photography tour

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Responsible tourism: East Iceland Fjords Midsummer Landscapes photography tour

Environment

We encourage you to travel responsibly and to consider the following guidelines:

- When out in wild places, please keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on, or picking native flora. Iceland is fragile unstable environment. The country is currently embarking on many conservation and habitation projects such as tree planting to reduce erosion.

- When near wildlife or bird colonyís we minimise human disruption of the natural environment. We take considerable care during breeding seasons so as to not disturb nesting birds and wildlife.

- Take time to carry out some research about Iceland, being able to speak a few words of Icelandic is always appreciated.

- Water sources in Iceland are exceptionally pure and we discourage buying plastic bottled water. A metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source is recommended to all of our guests.

- River water could also be a supply drinking water, please do not contaminate river water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free

- Respect local customs religion and traditions.

- Donít take photographs of local people and places of religious significance without permission.

- Keep promises! Send copies of photos to local people if this is what you have said you will do.

- Read the labels and buy local products such as food and souvenirs so that money directly benefits the community.

- Reduce pollution and carry out all litter. Recycle wherever possible. Iceland has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and it is good to keep it this way.

Our small group ethos, sharing of transport and preferred mode of exploring locations is by foot thus reducing pollution, environmental noise and damage to what is often an especially delicate ecosystem.

We support the Environment Agency and the National Parks of Iceland through passing on information about their policy and raising awareness of current issues and environmental sustainability. The Environment Agency hosts volunteers from all over the world and works closely with a variety of international organisations. The programme is organised in partnership with the British conservation volunteer organisation BTCV.

Wherever possible we work electronically and promote considerate use of digital resources. We are primarily web based for all administrative communications with minimal use of office paper.

If you decide to travel with us please ask for our links page where you will find comprehensive information on travel, health, environmental concerns, preparing for your vacation, local cultures and how to support local projects.

Community

Tourism, fishing, farming and local crafts such as knitting are seen as a viable and sustainable way of helping to restore economic stability to the country and also giving a sense of dignity to Icelanders. More than ever communities have to return to their roots and rely on traditional ways of making a living. We support local micro business by seeking out artisans and contemporary home made crafts during our stay. We always ensure that participants on our vacations get the opportunity to see and purchase local products.

In particular communities away from the central hub of Reykjavik are relying on visitors to boost their economy. We have been supporting these less visited areas for many years and we are rewarded with a very personal service, quieter locations, fresher home grown produce and insight into the lives and folklore of local people. We seek out small family run hotels and support local tourism enterprises such as eating at the small fish soup 'shack' down on the beach in preference to the rather more up-market restaurants, knowing that the fish will be freshly caught that day by local fishermen.

These local providers appreciate our on going commitment to their livelihoods and in turn we have built mutually beneficial relationships with our all of our hosts and local guides. All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which is clearly visible on our website. Local food can be obtained easily in Iceland, for example fish, lamb, dairy products, vegetables grown in geo-thermally heated green houses. Each day we buy local produce for our picnic lunches to be eaten on location and our accommodations pride themselves in introducing us to local Icelandic fare for both breakfast and dinner.

Our vacations are immersive and are designed for photographers by photographers. We pride ourselves on our research, interest and appreciation of the historical and cultural context of each country we travel through.

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


This trip took me to places in Iceland that I have wanted to visit for the past few years. Every day was filled with fantastic photographic opportunities and memorable activities that expanded my appreciation of the complexities of the local culture, as well giving ample time to photographing the flora, fauna and landscapes of this remarkable part of the world.

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


Don't think that this is only a trip for experienced photographers. It is structured to support individual development based on your interests and needs under the guidance and support of experienced photographers.

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


The operator clearly demonstrated a commitment to responsible travel through the selection of locations, choice of accommodation, and clear expectations that each group member would behave in a way that respects the culture and the
environment.

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


I have been looking for a group such as this operator for the past few years. With the support and encouragement of the staff, my capacity to make photographs has improved. I appreciate the care and thought that the leaders
gave to meeting individual interests and needs throughout the trip while following an itinerary that was at the mercy of the weather.

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