Iceland’s wilderness remains largely intact and undisturbed which makes it unique and very precious. Iceland’s tundra vegetation is also extremely vulnerable to outside disturbance despite the fact that that it is resistant to the harsh climate. The rapid growth in tourism is subjecting this fragile environment to an unprecedented level of strain. We are committed to sharing our love and respect for Icelandic nature with our guests providing a one-of-a-kind experience. We do our best to lead by example, such as staying on marked tracks while driving and even when hiking, where possible, never littering and treating the nature with respect and care, inviting others to do so as well. Our effort is to promote attitudes and practices which protect our wilderness areas and keep them intact for generations to come. We are continually striving towards new and creative ways to evolve our company in harmony with Iceland’s beautiful but fragile nature.
We worked hard to achieve certification from Vakinn, the official quality and environmental evaluation system within Icelandic tourism. It makes us proud to be an officially recognized sustainable tour operator.
Our guidelines to protect the Icelandic nature are:
- Take nothing but pictures.
- And trash if we are to find any on our tour and in our daily lives.
- Kill nothing but time.
- Make nothing but memories.
- Leave nothing behind.
Sustainability declaration and environmental responsibilities
We believe that if a company, such as Tinna Adventure, wishes to thrive in the future the only way to achieve this is to work in harmony with nature, local communities and the people living in them. Every time possible, we seek to purchase local goods to reduce long-distance procurement and to abolish the use of products made by companies who fail to recognize environmental guidelines or their worker´s rights. We make donations to organizations and support charities in various ways. This declaration is revised annually in the effort to continually better our selves.
Supporting and Respecting Local Living
- We strive to offer trips that enable our customers to engage with local people. This effort is something that our customers enjoy because it gives them an opportunity to learn more about local customs and culture.
- We like to use local food products to support small local farmers and producers. This also decreases carbon dioxide release.
- Constant monitoring, re-focusing, re-thinking and adapting to changes both environmental and cultural to ensure a perfect balance between limits and usage.
- Thinking long-term in all of our plans and actions.
Leave No Trace
As a tour operator in Iceland, we are acutely aware of our obligation to protect and conserve the environment to the best of our ability. To not do so would, of course, be socially irresponsible and reckless. It would also be counterproductive and destructive to our business. The primary demographic of Tinna Adventure clientele is focused on enjoying the Icelandic natural environment in its most pristine form. This is one of the factors which motivates us to adhere strictly to a “leave no trace policy.”
Our staff is required to:
- Remove all waste in Tinna Adventures tour areas of operation; “we carry out, what we carry in.” Additionally, the team must also dispose of any garbage found in the area, even when that waste is not connected to the operation of our tours.
- Properly dispose of all waste, for example, to recycle all recyclable materials. This applies to areas in the field of operation, not just the facilities of Tinna Adventure.
- Inform clients of the “leave no trace policy” and explain how it applies to them.
- Discourage the taking of natural ‘souvenirs’: take only photographs.
- Ensure all participants minimize their environmental impact by keeping to marked paths and trails whenever possible.
- Ensure no contaminants enter water sources or systems.
- Take care that all areas visited will be left in a condition which is at least as good as the condition in which we found them.
- Drive on marked trails, cross rivers in designated places and make sure not to damage the areas we visit.
Limited Paper use and recycling
- We decided to not to print brochures and limit our advertisements in printed mediums to a few selected local mediums. This step was taken to decrease the usage of toxic chemicals used to break down ingredients for paper production and ink, as inks used in industrial printing affects the environment in various harmful ways.
- We recycle all paper at the office.
Recycling and leaving no trace
- We recycle all waste, paper, plastic, and bottles at the office and encourage our team to do so out on the field as well.
- On our tours, we make sure not to use disposable cups or utensils
- We bring containers on all of our tours to make sure nothing gets left behind, food, waste or toilet paper.
Code of conduct in contact with wild animals
- When in viewing wild animals we strive not to disturb their daily routine and treat them with the utmost respect.
- We don’t feed wild animals and make sure not to interrupt the balance of nature while strive to see the animals in their natural habitat.
- During nesting season we make sure not to come to close to the birds nesting areas.
- During the birthing season for the reindeer, we stay away from the areas where the female deer go to give birth.