Responsible Tourism

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Elding adventures at sea is a tour company that has been leading the environmental & sustainable path in tourism for years. The company uses 3 different environmental certification programs that all give great tools to the employees in becoming responsible and environmentally friendly.

Elding has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its outstanding work. The company received the environmental award of the Icelandic Tourist Board in 2008, the environmental award "Fjörusteinn" of the Associated Icelandic Ports, the environmental award "Kuðungurinn" from the Embassy of Environmental and Natural Resources 2017 and was nominated to the Nordic Council Environmental Award 2018.

It is Elding's aim, mission and goal to minimize the impact it has on the environment with its operation while offering an unforgettable experience at sea.

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    clean and safe

    Elding participates in the project clean & safe set up by the Icelandic Tourist Board in efforts to help tour operators to welcome their customers in a responsible way so that they feel safe while creating good memories.

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    We take part in research and provide a platform for researchers on board our boats. Photo identification is the most essential form of research and just by photographing the dorsal fin, body scars and/or fluke of the whale we can, tell one individual from another, see where they migrate, see which other individuals they like to associate with, note if they return to the same areas and estimate age and population.

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    Iceland has become one of the best places in the world to watch whales in their natural habitat with thousands of guests from all over the world joining our wildlife tours every year. Whale watching is probably the best way to help the government and Icelanders understand that whales are worth more alive than dead. 

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    breacing whale

    Making optimal use of the natural resources that our tours are built around requires us to respect nature and give as much back as we possibly can. The Elding team therefore strives to maintain an essential ecological balance and help conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.

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    Since the mid 1990s whale watching in Icelandic waters has grown considerably and today it is one of the most popular tourist activities in Iceland. With this increased boat traffic concerns about negative impacts on cetaceans has arisen, as much in Iceland as in other whale watching areas around the world.

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    Elding Adventure at Sea is a family-owned company and the leading whale watching operator in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ever since we started our business we have been looking for a way to minimise the environmental impact and pollution caused by our activities.

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    IceWhale, the Icelandic Association of Whale Watchers, is a non profit organization formed by Icelandic whale watching operators in 2003. The aim of the association is to assess the most effective methods of helping the industry grow in a manner that expands economic opportunities and con

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    See a whale or dolphin with a responsible operator and you will be inspired to care about the marine environment and support those working to protect it. The World Cetacean Alliance is a powerful coalition of individuals, businesses and organisations working towards best practice and sustainability in whale and dolphin watch

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    EarthCheck (previously Green Globe) is an international environmental management system for the tourism industry. With operation in over 80 countries, EarthCheck aims to help both public and private sector organisations to develop strategies and solutions that deliver measurable su

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    Vakinn is a new quality and environmental system that came into effect in 2012. It is a product of increased demand for a standardized quality system suitable for all branches of tourism in Iceland. Elding was one of the first to receive the Gold Certification and we are truly proud of this achievement.

     

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    Elding started paying special attention to environmental issues in 2006 by integrating Green Globe (now EarthCheck) into our daily operations to get a clear insight of the matter within the company. Now, 12 years on, we are still nowhere near finished. Environmental issues are a big part of

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    Nordic Council Environmental Prize nomination

    Elding was nominated for the Nordic Council Environment Prize in 2018! We were nominated for decades of work on the protection of marine environment — which was the title of the environmental prize that year. We, the Elding family, are extremely proud of the nomination.

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    About 70% of CO2 emissions in Iceland comes from drained wetlands and only 15% of all drained wetlands in the country are being used. By restoring wetlands, CO2 is bound in an effective way while restoring ecosystem. Elding is a proud founding member of the organisation for wetland restoration. By participating in the project we hope to offset our carbon emission. 
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    Travelling can have a great impact on nature. By recognising this and adjusting your behaviour, this impact can be reduced. We suggest choosing wisely and being thoughtful about the services you utilise.

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    Travelling can have a great impact on nature. By recognising this and adjusting your behaviour, this impact can be reduced. We suggest choosing wisely and being thoughtful about the services you utilise.

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    The program Responsible Tourism involves setting goals in four key elements, which are that we recycle all waste that comes from our boats and offices and encourage our guests to do the same and have ecofriendly purchasing. Elding is a member of Vakinn, an Icelandic quality and environmental system as well as being certified by Blueflag and Earth Check

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