Destination EcoTourist: Iceland

Eco-tourist destinations which promote environmental, social, cultural, and economic responsibility, give travelers an opportunity to explore pristine natural environments, and enjoy positive experiences which encourage sustainable practices while traveling. Iceland is one such destination, and is fast becoming a popular eco-tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world each year, especially during the summer season.

Iceland is filled with inspiring art and culture, beautiful nature and wonderful food. This land of fire and ice is also well known for its’ fjords, volcanoes, hot springs, icecaps and a deep commitment to sustainability. Not only is Iceland a visual delight of scenery and landscapes, but its’ people are friendly and committed to preserving their country’s beauty, and sharing it with like minded people who are passionate about sustaining spectacular environments. As a matter of fact, about 75% of Iceland’s electricity comes from renewable natural resources including wind, geothermal, and hydro-electric power. Moreover, the Icelandic Tourist Board puts great emphasis on environmentally sustainable tourism, and rewards tours, hostels, hotels, and attraction spots for adhering to green practices. The country as a whole is fully committed to conservation, and welcomes tourists who want to enjoy its’ natural wonders in a responsible manner. In fact, Iceland was ranked at the top by the 2010 Environmental Performance Index, as the world leader in natural resource management, pollution control, reforestation, environmental public health and greenhouse gas emissions.

Because of the country’s amazing natural environment, the local Icelanders are protective of their rather unique nature, and they make extreme efforts to try and conserve the natural resources and the overall beauty of the island.

Things To Do in Iceland

To experience the beauty and wonders of Iceland in an eco friendly way, you should try to focus on activities which minimize impact on the environment. That said, lets take a look at some of the things you can do in Iceland:

  • Visit the Blue Lagoon – The Blue Lagoon is one of most famous attractions in Iceland. It’s an all natural geothermal spa that’s located outside Reykjavik, and it offers fantastic relaxation experiences. With saunas, treatments, massages, and the lagoon itself, tourists can get to enjoy some of the most authentic natural experiences on the planet. Using all natural geothermal water, the stunning blue lagoon is a great place to relax in an eco-friendly environment.
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park – An expedition to the Thingvellir National Park is absolutely unforgettable. Here, you’ll get to see the effects of Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, as they part and consequently scar the earth.
  • See the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) – When you visit Iceland, you just have to check out the Northern lights; they are one of nature’s most amazing wonders.
  • Other Activities
    • Iceland’s offers lots of natural experiences like whale watching, mountain and ice climbing, biking, horseback riding, hiking, trekking, cross country expeditions, among other eco-frinedly activities.
    • With a lively tourism scene, friendly locals and stunning scenery, you’ll have the time of your life when you visit Iceland. It’s a fantastic destination for any type of traveler, particularly adventurers who like eco-tourist destinations.

Best Time of Year To Go To Iceland

For those who want to enjoy the island’s natural beauty, the months of February and March are best. During these months, you will get to view volcanoes, glaciers, magma fields and the volcanic sand beaches. In the month of June, spring gives way to summer, and this the best time to travel to Iceland in terms of pleasant weather.