As the largest and longest running Tour Operator in Iceland, Iceland Travel strives to offer the best available service for all our customers. All our stakeholders, including our staff, clients, partners and suppliers, expect Iceland Travel to deliver outstanding customer service, produce excellent high-value products and be recognized for its international and professional attitude.
Since 1937 Iceland Travel has been the leading travel company, tour operator and destination management company (DMC) in Iceland, offering top-quality services. We take great pride in our diverse product categories that suit world-wide agents, such as escorted tours, daytours and self-drive tours.
Our active product development is built on cooperation with our licensed suppliers, on feedback from clients and guests and on ever-changing new trends. Our dedicated, hand-picked team are passionate about what they do and are constantly coming up with innovative ideas to tackle small and large scale projects. We have the expertise and flexibility to service high-volume clients. In addition, we appreciate that the success of our long running existence is based on our respect for the delicate and unique Icelandic nature.
Iceland Travel is a subsidiary of Icelandair group, which owns and operates profitable and dynamic travel and transport companies delivering safe, reliable and convenient services.
Iceland Travel is a member of many domestic and international associations, e.g. the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, the Iceland Convention and Incentive Bureau, the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), and many more.
Now that’s why Iceland Travel makes the ideal business partner!
What We Do Best
By effectively combining your passion and our expertise we create an unforgettable travel experience. Our travel and service portfolio includes the following:
- FIT / Individual travelers
- Special Interest Groups
- Conference & Events
- Incentive & Meetings
- Luxury Travel with our Nine Worlds division
- Charter Flights in cooperation with our sister company, Icelandair
- Shore Excursions and Cruise Services
Should you need any help with your travel arrangements in Iceland, please contact us
Iceland Travel | Skógarhlíd 12, 105 Reykjavík Iceland | KT: 4107911379 | VSK NO:122204
Certified Commitment to the Environment
As the country‘s largest (and oldest) tour operator, we at Iceland Travel think it is vital to respect Icelandic nature and keep our country a vibrant and exciting destination. We are fully committed to sustainable tourism and continued improvement. This is represented by us meeting the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
Member of ´VAKINN´ – The Official Quality Label
Iceland Travel proudly meets the comprehensive assessment criteria of VAKINN’s Gold-Class Environmental standards. VAKINN is the official quality label of Iceland Tourism. To meet our commitments we have implemented an environmental management system which ensures the following:
- We reduce waste in our operations.
- We subsidise public transport and healthy lifestyles for our employees.
- We limit our environmental impact and implement responsible tourism practices in Iceland.
- We prefer environmentally-friendly tour suppliers and services.
- We raise awareness of environmental issues among our guests, staff and guides.
When you book with Iceland Travel it means that you take environmental matters and the protection of nature seriously. A fine example of our commitment to the environment is our three hectare, forest grove in the Haukadalur valley which is a wonderful destination in of Itself. Our forest grove represents our participation in the broader efforts to reforest Iceland.
Iceland Travel Environmental Policy
The growth of tourism throughout the world inevitably impacts upon the fragile environment that the tourist is actually there to see and experience.
Many of our tours, by definition, travel through a variety of different environments. We try to cause as little impact as possible during our journeys, and where possible, to act in such a way to benefit the local communities and environment.
We understand the impacts that our operations may have, and pro-actively seek to ensure that our operations are as locally sustainable as possible. We are fully committed to adhere to Icelandic law concerning environmental issues.
We show our continuing commitment to environmental sustainability by
- Preserving the current resource base for future generations
- Maintaining the productivity of the resource base
- Maintaining biodiversity and avoiding irreversible environmental changes
- Ensuring equity within and between generations
- Reducing waste by recycling and promoting responsible use of resources
- Preferring environmentally friendly suppliers and services
- Raise awareness among our staff and guides
We aim to adhere to these principles and continuously improve on our environmental management system.
For questions or complaints regarding environmental issues please contact us at email@example.com
Iceland Travel is a part of Icelandair Group and we participate fully in its many ambitious social responsibility projects.
In the summer of 2014 The Icelandic Forest Service assigned Iceland Travel 3 hectares of land in Haukadalur. The area , which is near the famous Geysir hot spring, is rich in folklore and history. Legend has it that the giant Bergþór of Bláfell is buried near the church of Haukadalur; the iron ring on the church door is said to be from his walking stick.
The region has been a farm since Saga times, when the family Haukdaelir, who lent their name to the area, was one of the most powerful clans in the country. It is also the site of a school founded in the 9th century that educated many learned Icelanders, most notably Ari “the Learned” Þorgilsson (1067-1148), who wrote the Book of Icelanders. The land of Haukadalur had been badly damaged by erosion when in 1938 a Danish man, Kristian Kirk, bought the farm to give it to the Icelandic Forest Service to be protected and re–forested. You can find a memorial to Kirk at the site.
Iceland Travel’s Reforestation Project has three purposes:
- To educate: We want to educate visitors to Iceland about forestry in Iceland. By doing so we encourage both individual and collective environmental responsibility.
- To restore and enhance: We are working to restore our native landscape, to create an area of natural beauty that can be enjoyed by all.
- To reduce the effects of CO2 on the environment: The trees and plants we plant on our site soak up carbon dioxide as they grow, helping to reduce the harmful effect CO2 has on the world.
How to take part
Soon we’ll be able to plant a tree for you even if you’re not in Iceland. You’ll receive a certificate of your assistance to reforestation in Iceland. A perfect present for anyone!
Where do our trees come from?
All of the trees planted in the grove in Haukadalur come from a local greenhouse, Kvistar. The greenhouse is located in the small village of Reykholt, 100 km from Reykjavik and only 20 km from our grove in Haukadalur. Ever since its origin, the farmers at Kvistar have specialised in cultivating trees for the Icelandic Forest Service. They also offer fresh raspberries and strawberries for sale in the summer time.
About forestry in Iceland
We often receive comments from our travelers about how barren Iceland is, and if this has to do with our volcanoes.
Actually, when the island was settled over 1000 years ago, birch forest and woodland covered 25-40% of Iceland’s land area. But the settlers began by cutting down the forests and burning scrubland to create fields and grazing land. Then sheep grazing prevented the regeneration of the trees.
Organised forestry is considered to have started in Iceland in 1899 with the planting of the Pine Stand at Thingvellir National Park. The Iceland Forest Service (IFS) was established in 1908. At first, protection involved simply fencing areas to exclude grazing sheep, but since 1950, the emphasis has been placed on planting trees. The total area of forest and woodland in Iceland has probably doubled, possibly tripled, since 1950.
In more than a century since forestry activity began in Iceland there have been great improvements. There has been an emphasis on opening forests to the public and two areas originally cultivated on treeless land in the 1950s and ‘60s now receive over 400,000 visits annually.
Without a doubt, the most important outcome is that there has been a change in attitude of the Icelandic people. A century ago, most Icelanders had never seen a tree. Sixty years ago, few Icelanders believed that trees of any size to speak of could grow in Iceland. Today, forestry for timber production, land reclamation and amenity is being carried out by thousands of people all over Iceland. All National Forests are open to the public year-round and some are among the most visited outdoor recreation areas in Iceland.
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Iceland Travel is the leading travel company in Iceland, offering a wide range of high quality services for travellers from all over the world. We take pride in our diverse product portfolio and outstanding service which come as a direct result of constant innovations and using only licensed suppliers.
The Iceland Travel team is a handpicked group of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals all of whom are experienced, multi lingual and well educated within the travel industry.
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