Shaped by the forces of nature, the barren Icelandic landscapes demonstrate the powers of earth, air, fire and water in a magnificent way. With steaming geothermal pools, crystal glaciers and black sand beaches, it is important we preserve the beautiful land Iceland has to offer. Read our guide on how to respect Iceland’s nature in our blog.
Since the 1970s, Iceland has made progress regarding waste management in the country. Here are some great tips to help reduce your litter when travelling around Iceland:
- Carry a reusable bottle or container to fill up on fresh Icelandic spring water. Not only does this taste amazing but it is also a lot better for the environment.
- Recycle when you have the opportunity. There are plenty of recycling bins in local towns and especially in the capital, Reykjavik.
- Do not litter. Always save your litter for a bin and never leave it out in nature, as this can be harmful to wildlife.
Despite its stark volcanic landscapes, Iceland is home to a diverse range of animal species. When trying to seek out some of Iceland’s wildlife, it's important to do so responsibly. Iceland is home to 60% of the world's entire Atlantic puffin population and can be seen along the coastline of the island. To view them, there are certain regulations you must adhere to, to ensure that you can watch the bird safely and respectfully. Trying to pet a puffin is one of the worst things you can do to them, so refrain from doing so. Touching them destroys the water-reflecting properties of their feathers. Bear in mind that birds are wild animals and not pets. Read more about Puffins in Iceland here.
Camping is fairly popular among tourists in Iceland, as it enables you to experience the pure untouched environment. Icelandic nature preservation law dictates where you are allowed to camp, so always be sure to check that you are camping appropriately. You can find lots of info about camping in Iceland here: https://en.camping.info/iceland/campsites.
Hiking is a brilliant way to experience Iceland’s beautiful nature first hand. There is a diverse range of hiking trails for anyone seeking adventure as well as hiking tours. Be sure to remain on the path and to not disturb any wildlife. Bring adequate clothing and provisions to ensure your hike will be a safe one.
Iceland is known for its huge abundance of glaciers - made up of fallen snow that over many years has been compressed into a thickened ice mass. There are many things that you need to consider when travelling on or around an Icelandic glacier. You should never swim near or around a glacier as the temperature can be near the freezing point, making the waters very dangerous for you to swim in. In addition, whilst walking on a glacier there may be big crevices concealed by layers of snow which you can be unaware of. If you want to see/walk over a glacier, we recommend going on a guided tour to ensure maximum safety.
The Icelandic Pledge
The Icelandic scenery is one of immense tranquillity, beauty and awe. If you are planning on visiting Iceland, then we recommend you to take the Icelandic Pledge. This is a sign online agreement, in which tourists will agree to respect nature in Iceland, whilst travelling responsibly and safely. This will show that you honour the rules and respect the delicate nature that Iceland has to offer. Please see below the Icelandic Pledge, or take it online today here.