Iceland small group tours

“Discover the land of vikings, volcanoes and waterfalls on this quintessential tour of Iceland, with a clear responsible travel focus.”

Highlights

Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Hallgrimskirkja church | Thingvellir National Park | Geysir geothermal area | Strokkur geyser | Gullfoss waterfall | Tree planting | Skógafoss waterfall | Dyrhólaey | Reynisdrangar black sand beach | Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajokull ice cap | Vik

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Responsible tourism

Iceland small group tours

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

In Iceland we only use locally owned and run guesthouses. When traveling the Icelandic countryside, we tend to stay in converted farm houses, some of which are still working farms such as horse farms. Our stay contributes to the local economy and helps the families living in this pretty inhospitable terrain.

Our guesthouse in Hvolsvollur is a leader in responsible tourism and sustainability. It’s a working family farm comprising of around 300 hectares. About 30 cows, 30 horses, 80 sheep, plenty of ducks, rabbits and goats are kept here, as well as landnámshænan, a rare ancient Icelandic chicken. All the animals on the farm are free-range but have access to a house in winter. Berries, turnips and potatoes are also grown here, and all the farm’s produce is used in the hotel restaurant.

The guesthouse is committed to their sustainability policy, and the accommodation and restaurant are eco-labelled by the Nordic Swan. Since the arrival of the first settlers in Iceland, deforestation has taken place to make space for pastures and overgrazing has led to soil erosion. The farm owners then had the idea of starting a tree planting project on their land to contribute to lowering CO2 and counteracting soil erosion. Our travelers will have the option to join the effort and head out into the surrounding hills to plant trees themselves.

On this Iceland trip we use a private minibus throughout. However, our local operator has recently purchased a brand-new fleet of vehicles all of which meet the European emission standards.

Community

All our Iceland trips are run by our local Destination Management Company (or DMC), which is based out of Reykjavik. They share our values in terms of responsible travel, and relay this onto our leaders who impart their wisdom on our travelers. Our DMC is run by locals and employs mostly local leaders from Iceland.

Many of the areas surrounding Reykjavik receive large numbers of day-trippers, mainly staying on cruise ships. This style of travel doesn’t benefit the local communities living in the countryside, which is why our itinerary takes the road less travelled. Staying in farmhouse accommodation and guesthouses brings benefits and understanding of adventure tourism to the local communities.

Iceland is experiencing a tourism boom and traveling in a small group means we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. As such this small group tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

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Reviewed on 18 Sep 2018 by

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


Glacier walk

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


Do it!

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


Yes

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


Amazing

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2018 by

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


3 of us were upgraded to a luxury chalet with a hot tub for free due to a cancellation that evening - and we sat in a hot tub in the middle of dark farmland and watched the northern lights!

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


Take your card! It is VERY expensive in Iceland, plus they prefer the use of card over cash.

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


Definitely! All the accommodations we stayed at were locally ran, we were given the chance to plan trees to reduce our carbon footprint and support the environment. All food was local.

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


Once in a lifetime experience! Spent a lot more money than expected, however was definitely worth it!

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