Iceland fly drive vacation, orcas & auroras

Price
£995including UK flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Return International Flights from the UK to Iceland , airport taxes, accommodation in various hotels and farmhouses at bed and breakfast basis, car Hire, orca Boat Tour from Grundarfjörður
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Description of Iceland fly drive vacation, orcas & auroras

Price information

£995including UK flights
Return International Flights from the UK to Iceland , airport taxes, accommodation in various hotels and farmhouses at bed and breakfast basis, car Hire, orca Boat Tour from Grundarfjörður
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

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


It was a family get together with our son from Toronto who we had not seen for
nearly a year. So that was amazing. The landscape and atmosphere of Iceland was so extraordinary, I couldn't pick out any 1 highlight.

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


Research how to look for the Northern Lights. Our daughter and son did this for
us and we saw them even though it was not a strong enough display for the hotel to wake people up for. Using a good camera with a long exposure confirmed that what looked like a milky white light to us was actually green. We would not gave seen the lights without this research and knowledge. Also, really obvious, but check which way is North!
Don't stress if you are veggie or vegan.
Reykjavik is amazing for both and outside of Reykjavik we never had a problem.

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


We spent money which went into the local economy. However, we took a flight
and drove a car. We had some concerns about the impacts of the whale watching industry on marine cetaceans. Even in November, there were multiple tour boats in the water so I imagine summer is pretty busy in that respect. However rules are in place regarding distance that boats need to stay from whales/ dolphins and these were observed.

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


It was totally awesome. We loved it totally. Amazing, unique experience and
we are all dreaming of going back.

Responsible Travel

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.

Planet

We encourage our clients to be responsible tourists and take the ‘Icelandic pledge’ promoted by Inspired by Iceland on www.visiticeland.com/pledge: 1. I pledge to be a responsible tourist; 2. When I explore new places, I will leave them as I found them; 3. I will take photos to die for, without dying for them; 4. I will follow the road into the unknown, nut never venture off road; 5. I will only park where I am supposed to; 6. When I sleep out under the stars, I’ll stay within a campsite; 7. When nature calls, I won’t answer the call on nature; 8. I will be prepared for all weathers, all possibilities and all adventures. All hotels/guesthouses seek to recycle any waste products – plastics, metals, paper and water. Due to the climate water is plentiful in Iceland, with tap-water not needing to be treated. However waste water is recycled for agriculture. All energy used is renewable – principally geothermally heated water and wind and water-generated electricity. All hot water is drawn from geothermally heated reserves for both bathrooms as well as any hot tubs. Farms use the geothermal heat for greenhouses to grow vegetables rather than gas/electricity.

People

Wherever possible locally-owned and family-run hotels/guesthouses are used and visitors are encouraged to visit locally-owned and run attractions. Visitors are encouraged to go on trips where the sustainability of the environment is emphasised, such as whale watching trips where the emphasis is to “meet” and not “eat” the animals. We do not recommend restaurants where eating whale is advertised and encourage clients to respect and preserve the environment. We pay our office staff a fair wage and encourage clients to stay in locally-owned and run accommodation supporting the local economy. Our trip notes include details of many locally-owned and run craft shops and museums and encourage clients to visit them. We emphasise the natural beauty and purity of the Icelandic countryside, stressing the importance of treating both the countryside and the locals with respect. Clients are told not to drive off-road which would damage the countryside and only to walk along marked trails.

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