Iceland Westfjords sailing vacation
US $3111 excluding flights
Description of Iceland Westfjords sailing vacation
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Much of Iceland's landscape could double for a Tolkien fantasy - the very earth is hot beneath your tread, spitting out hot liquids, lava, dark ash an...
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.
Staying on a sailboat contributes to carbon reduction in multiple ways. Sailboats rely on wind power, minimizing the use of fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions associated with transportation. By choosing this eco-friendly accommodation option, you directly reduce your carbon footprint compared to traditional forms of lodging. As with many countries, waste disposal is a problem. Rubbish, particularly plastic rubbish, that does not decompose, is one of the main culprits. All our yachts use a water maker to reduce our use of plastic. Enjoy nature- hike, swim, kayak, surf, skate- all these forms of transportation can let you help keep your carbon footprint to a minimum. Additionally, staying on a sailboat encourages a deeper connection with nature and fosters an appreciation for sustainable practices, promoting a more environmentally conscious mindset among visitors to this region.
All of our yachts offer top-notch menu options. When possible, our food is sourced locally, and we get fresh produce whenever we can. We offer vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free meals which can help reduce your carbon footprint in several ways. By embracing a vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free diet, you can make a positive impact on the environment and contribute to a more sustainable future. Please inform the crew of any dietary restrictions so we may accommodate them.
Our yachts always have two instructors on board, providing guidance to a crew with varying levels of experience, from beginners to fully qualified individuals. The crew members can choose the extent of their learning journey, as we teach in practical situations while sailing from one destination to another. Apart from acquiring sailing skills, our crew also gains insights into different cultures and communities. Our fortunate crew gets to explore off-the-beaten-path and visit some of the most remote places in the world.
We ask our clients to follow these tips to reduce their impact on nature:
Stick to marked paths and trails to avoid damaging vegetation and wildlife habitats. Respect wildlife by observing from a safe distance and refraining from feeding or disturbing them. Dispose of waste properly and leave no trace behind, especially in sensitive areas. Conserve water and energy and use eco-friendly products. By adopting these practices, you can help preserve the natural beauty of the Island and contribute to its long-term sustainability.
PeopleLOCAL ECONOMY/TRAVELING WITH RESPECT
In order to offer a more immersive cultural experience, we allocate time to explore the towns and cities on foot. This approach not only minimizes our carbon footprint but also enables us to delve deeper into local communities and engage with the residents. By exploring on foot, we prioritize understanding and respecting the social and cultural aspects of each destination. To ensure this, our instructors provide informative reading materials about regional customs in advance. This allows us to create meaningful and enriching opportunities for our travelers while fostering positive interactions and exchange of ideas with local inhabitants, without inadvertently causing any offense.
We extend a warm invitation to individuals of all age groups to venture beyond their comfort zones within a secure setting. Our professional crew, which includes 2 instructors, provides supervision and guidance. Whenever feasible, we offer the opportunity for visitors to come aboard our ship at each port we visit. We showcase our activities, share insights about valuable skills and their significance, and demonstrate that there exists a form of sea-bound adventure travel that upholds respect for the ocean. It is an experience where one can forge a profound connection with oneself, others, and the natural world.
Our approach to travel diverges from the conventional cruise ship experience, as we prioritize minimizing the impact on rural local communities. Instead, we choose paths that are less frequented. By opting to stay on a sailboat, we contribute to the well-being of the locals and foster a deeper understanding of adventure tourism within the region.
Iceland is currently witnessing a surge in tourism, and our small group size allows us to tread lightly in the areas we explore. This ensures that we do not disrupt the local way of life or contribute to the displacement of residents. To maintain this delicate balance, our sailing groups are intentionally kept small, with a maximum of 12 participants. This enables us to establish a harmonious connection with the places we visit while leaving a minimal footprint.
We support a number of cancer charities, and this particular trip raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Most of us will encounter cancer at some time in our lives and Macmillan, as many of us know, are there to help and support both the patient and their family. It is our personal experience of the superb care and support provided by Macmillan that has led us to run this trip. Our yachts will visit many marinas and most, including Royal Quays, Rhu, Bangor, and Whitehills, will donate the mooring fees to Macmillan. There is no pre-requisite to fundraise but if you wish to support our crews on their voyage and help Macmillan Cancer Support continue their vital work with those affected by cancer, then you can follow the link sent when you book that visit our just giving page.
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