All the addresses of eco-responsible hotels in Iceland
All the addresses of eco-friendly hotels in Iceland
Iceland is a land of fire and ice. For the continental European tourist, every discovery is a wonder. Waterfalls of breathtaking power, bubbling geysers, dazzling white glaciers: the Icelandic land is nothing but contrasts. Its skies regularly come alive with astonishing dancing green lights: the Northern Lights. Until 2019, the growth of tourism in Iceland has been meteoric. The island has managed to adapt little by little and intends to promote sustainable tourism to preserve its natural riches: the black sand beaches of Vík, the Vatnajökull glacier, the shores of Lake Mývatn and the tranquillity of its capital, Reykjavik.
Sustainable Tourism in Iceland
Despite its remote location, tourism in Iceland has been growing steadily, reaching its peak in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic. The country was struggling to keep up with the growing number of tourists in areas mediated by social networks. The authorities took advantage of the lull in the pandemic to set up infrastructure in several popular locations: marked trails, car parks and sanitary facilities.
Long weekends with visits to Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle sites have become the norm thanks to affordable airfares. The country now wants to encourage travellers to organise longer stays in Iceland to experience the country's nature in greater depth and avoid tourist clusters. Remote and less popular areas such as the western fjords are increasingly being promoted. A route of almost 1000 km called the "Westfjords Way" was launched at the end of 2020.
To discover Iceland in a sustainable way, why not consider focusing on one particular region, rather than jumping from tourist spot to tourist spot along the circular route around the country? Which region will you choose?
- The waterfalls, black sand beaches and glaciers of the south of the island, especially the mythical Vatnajökull ;
- The fjords in the east of the country with pretty fishing villages like Seyðisfjörður ;
- The wild north, a deserted volcanic region rich in geothermal energy with an amazing coastal biodiversity of seals, puffins and whales;
- The Western Fjords, wild, remote and unexplored.
To fully embrace slow tourism, many treks and hikes on foot or snowshoes await you to fully immerse yourself in the Icelandic landscape. Alone in the middle of this impressive and unspoilt nature, you will feel very small.
Eco-friendly hotels in Iceland
Discover our selection of eco-friendly accommodation in Iceland and enjoy the country's exceptional nature while helping to preserve it. Cottages, hotels and lodges are waiting for you to contemplate the Northern Lights, marvel at the endless summer night and take a breath of fresh air in front of the sublime landscapes as soon as you wake up.
So, are you tempted by an Icelandic saga? Check out our selection of eco-friendly hotels in Iceland!