Sustainable Tourism in Iceland

Study Hospitality & Tourism in Iceland

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The Ojokull Glacier was the first Icelandic glacier to melt entirely in 2014. Due to global warming, many more of Iceland’s glaciers are at risk for the same fate. Add an impact to your trip by saying no to plastic straws, avoiding the consumption of red meat, or signing a climate action petition.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Itinerary

Your overseas adventure has begun as you travel to Reykjavik. As your plane descends, keep an eye out for Iceland’s diverse terrain of lava fields, glaciers, and hot springs. Welcome to your new home for the next week! A local guide will wait to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your luxury resort. 

You have the rest of the afternoon to rest, unpack, and explore. Take a dip in the heated outside pool with views, walk into the quaint village, or drop by the hotel spa. In the evening, you will regroup with your guide to enjoy a buffet dinner — a great opportunity to get to know your guide who will be with you throughout your trip. 

Start your week off right as you depart the shores of Old Harbour for a whale watching tour. Cruise along Faxafloi Bay’s small islands, as well as along the country’s coastline. Soak up spectacular views of the city as you cruise. Finally, the boat will stop to encounter Iceland’s magnificent marine life. Watch in awe as humpback whales, killer whales, dolphins, and porpoises jump or breach in the sea. Learn about the biology and behavior of these animals from your expert guide. This ecotourism trip is a non-consumptive and non-harmful wildlife activity as you are not interfering with the whales in their natural habitat. As you return to shore, enjoy a delicious late lunch at a local restaurant after a spectacular excursion. 

Bundle up for another fun-filled day in Iceland. As you make your way toward the southern end of the country, drive past icebergs, glacier lakes, and lava fields. Finally, you will arrive at the Sólheimajökull and Myrdalsajökull glaciers. Marvel as you hear the cracking of the ice and watch the calving of the glacier. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you are off to see the dramatic rock formations and black-sand beaches of Vik. After adventuring the area, embark on a hike to the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Be sure to stick to the designated nature paths to ensure that Iceland’s unharmed nature remained undamaged. Snap some photos of the waterfall and walk under the cascade before heading back to your hotel. 

Today is all about relaxation and serenity. In the morning, you’ll be transported to the geothermal, healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. Put on your swimsuit for a soak in this mineral-rich, milky blue natural spa. Enjoy a glass of champagne with good company and try on algae face mask for silky, soft skin. After you have recharged in the warm water, make your way to a local restaurant for lunch. All of the food you will be eating is made with local produce, which ensures we are sustainably supporting Iceland’s agriculture. Following this, you’ll be transported back to your hotel. 

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable wet and wild day as you venture into the glacial depths of Iceland’s most iconic diving location, Silfra Fissure. As you arrive at Thingvellir National Park, take a short drive through moss-laden, volcanic fields to arrive at the dive center. Grab your snorkel gear and climb into your thermal drysuit before diving into the water. Marvel in awe of the lively underwater world; numerous shades of blue; and algae strewed, jagged canyon walls. Be sure not to touch any of the coral or interfere with the wildlife to ensure their protection. A professional photographer will take photos of you swimming between the European and North American tectonic plates. What an adventure!

Another adventurous day awaits as you make your way to the Thrihnukagigur volcano. Hike along the craggy formations of the inactive volcano’s lava field. Admire volcanic cones and gas fissures before arriving at the rim of the crater. Harness into an open cable elevator to descend into the site. View the inner surface of the volcano, which is covered in a vast array of colors due to the magma that once flowed along its surface. Make your way back to Reykjavik for lunch. Today we will enjoy a plant-based lunch and avoid the use of plastic straws to combat climate change in Iceland. Once dusk arrives, you’ll have the opportunity to experience one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Venture into Iceland’s dark countryside to catch a dazzling display of Northern Lights.

Time has flown by, and we have reached your final day in Iceland. Enjoy an early breakfast with your group and guides to reflect on your favorite moments of the trip, as well as what knowledge you will bring home with you. Following this, you’ll be transported to the local airport to head back to your country. 

Due to its spectacular nature and wildlife, Iceland is topping bucket lists and hitting the headlines. With increased visitors every year, there appears to be no end to the wonders of Iceland’s northern land. 

On this trip to Iceland, visit the country’s top attractions while engaging in sustainable tourism. The trip’s highlights include indulging geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, spotting whales in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, and watching the wondrous Northern Lights with awe. Book your overseas adventure to Iceland today!

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