Iceland is one of the warmest cold countries you will find – especially so toward. Iceland is the land of sheep, northern lights and volcanoes with complicated names. It’s supposedly one of the least budget-friendly countries in the world. However, many tourists see expensive countries as a challenge. Figuring out how to visit a country on the cheap is like solving a puzzle for many.
Solheimer, Iceland’s first eco-village
Solheimer, Iceland’s first eco-village is located in southwest Iceland, 80 kilometers east of Reykjavik. Founded in 1930 by a visionary named Sesselja Sigmundsdottir, the place has become reputable for its ecological concept, attracting volunteers from all over the world. This village was also Iceland’s first community for children with disabilities. The education and exhibition center called Sesselja’s House is extremely eco-friendly. It’s made of an old-fashioned turf roof, wool and paper insulation and Iceland’s largest solar cell.
Vegan/Vegetarian Food in Iceland
Iceland has several eco-friendly restaurants that specifically cater to vegetarians and vegans. Vegetarian whole food restaurants offer daily vegan specials, hearty rye bread, chutneys, hummus and the like. Such is the case with a restaurant known as A Neaestu Grosum. Graenn Kostur is the name of a restaurant that offers eco-friendly wheat-free and different vegan options and pitchers full of fruit-infused waters.
Iceland is famous for eco-friendly turf houses that have been constructed for centuries. The landscape known as Hof takes your breath away and quite quickly restores it and you get it in its purest form. The people truly live in nature and embrace it. They do not try to control it or conquer it. The landscape is vast, houses minimal, colors vibrant and people sincere.
Eco-friendly whale watching
Whale watching is a tremendously popular activity for tourists visiting Iceland. And no wonder, the seas around the country are teaming with whales and they are magnificent creatures. There are several companies located in the northern town of Husavik. The town is a pioneer in whale watching. The town is offering boats with an electrical engine, which means they are powered by eco-friendly energy from the Icelandic power grid. These boats are quiet and have zero Co2 emissions when whale watching.
The Secret Solstice Summer Festival
The Secret Solstice summer festival which takes place in the park known as Laugardalur in the central area of Reykjavik, has since its first year, 2014, taken means to limit its bad impact on the environment. The festival has been praised as such. The sun actually never sets over the three-day summer music festival, which is held in mid June.
Laugarvatn is a small village located on the shores of a scenic lake, midway between Pingvellir national park and Gullfoss waterfall. This village has long been a center for education as well as a popular summer resort among go-green tourists due to the geothermal bath.
Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten path yet eco-friendly experience may want to check out the Hotel Husafell. This hotel is a luxury lodge positioned on the edge of a glacier. The hotel is located 90 minutes from Reykjavik and 20 minutes from Langjokull glacier. This hotel uses 100 percent renewable energy produced on site. Guests of the resort-style hotel may enjoy the outdoor eco-friendly thermal pools and amazing hot tubs as well as access to the nine-hole golf course offered in summer.