Is there now such thing as a guilt free travel? The climate crisis has reached a critical point. We all know we must act and change our habits radically and quickly. A lot of us are now taking care to recycle everything, reducing or stopping buying single use things, eating a lot less meat, commute by public transport or bike or switching to electric cars. Travel is definitely not an exception to this. In fact, travel accounts for about 10% of global carbon emissions. The largest part of that comes from air travel and other forms of transport. So we all must do a lot better. It is time to demand more environmentally friendly Iceland tours. At the very least you should make your Iceland trip carbon neutral.
How to minimize your environmental impact when traveling to Iceland?
There are also many ways to minimize your environmental impact when you are in Iceland. For example, there is absolutely no need to buy water in plastic bottles. The water in the tap is incredibly good. Do not drive off road, take care not to damage sensitive plants such as moss. Try to find tours with tour companies that have ambitious environmental policy. It bugs me that I dont’t have an easy way to show a special section on our tour portal with the more environmentally friendly Iceland tours. I will contact Getyourguide about that and update this page with their answer.
Ask for more environmentally friendly Iceland tours
I am a big believer in environmental activism. We should pressure companies to redesign their products and operations to minimize carbon emissions. So ask companies about what steps they are taking to minimize their environmental impact before you book a flight or a tour and reward them with your business.
Are you running environmentally responsible tours in Iceland? – let us know!
If you run a tour company here in Iceland that is committed to reducing your environmental impact significantly, we would love to hear from you. Head over to our Facebook page and send us a message and we would be keen to feature you in the magazine.
I am happy to say that we are enabling our readers to get a whale watching tour with a 10% discount tour with the company Elding which is regarded as a leader in this area. Another company worth mentioning is Nordic Green Travel. They take care of carbon offsetting the day tours and road trips you book with them here in Iceland.
It is not travel related, but I am, for example, now pressuring the cloud company Dropbox to commit to make their operations carbon neutral. We can do this for all kinds of companies. After all, the customer is king or queen.
The need to make your Iceland trip carbon neutral
Let’s face it. Most cars and all airplanes still use polluting fossil fuels. While I am hopeful that cars will predominantly be powered by electricity in the next decade, the best thing we can do now is to make driving and jet travel carbon neutral by such methods as tree planting or by reclaiming wetlands. There are two main funds in Iceland that enable people to offset their carbon emissions from driving and flying. Unfortunately, neither fund has a user friendly experience for international travelers who want to make flight to Iceland and their road trip carbon neutral, But perhaps you can find something similar in your own country.
Icelandic funds which help you to make your Iceland trip carbon neutral
One of the Icelandic fund is called Kolvidur and it offsets carbon for its clients by planting trees in its forests here in Iceland. It does have a rudimentary carbon calculator in English so you could use this offset both your flying and driving. The other fund is the Icelandic Wetlands Fund. It offsets carbon by wetlands reclamation. Unfortunately they do not have a any content or calculator in English. I have asked them to fix this and I will update this page if and when that is done.
There are no excuses for not carbon offsetting your Iceland trip!
The cost of carbon offsetting is low. If you can afford to travel to Iceland at all, you can afford to offset the carbon emissions involved. So there are no excuses really. After all, there is one one Earth, there is no planet B.