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Sustainable Travel in the Westfjords: A Legacy for Tomorrow

Why Sustainable Travel Matters

In the Westfjords, we treasure our landscapes and cultures, nurturing them as much as they nurture us. Sustainable travel here isn't just a choice; it’s our collective responsibility. By making mindful decisions, we ensure that the breathtaking views, rich wildlife, and vibrant communities continue to thrive for generations to come.

Our Journey to Sustainability
The Westfjords have proudly achieved EarthCheck Silver Certification, reflecting our deep commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable tourism practices. This milestone is part of our ongoing quest to enhance the harmony between our community and the natural world.

Your Part in Our Future
Join us in safeguarding the Westfjords by taking the Icelandic Pledge. This promise helps guide your actions during your visit, ensuring that you leave the landscapes as pristine as you found them.

the Icelandic Pledge

Sustainable Travel Tips for the Westfjords

As you explore the captivating landscapes of the Westfjords, we encourage you to travel thoughtfully and sustainably. Here are some tips to help you minimize your environmental impact and enhance your experience:

  • Buy Local: Support our community by purchasing Icelandic products. Whether it’s food or handcrafted items, buying local helps sustain our artisans and small businesses.
  • Drink from the Tap: Our tap water is not only safe but deliciously fresh. Save money and reduce plastic waste by refilling your water bottle directly from the tap.
  • Reduce and Recycle: Prioritize reducing your waste by opting for minimal packaging and reusable items. Recycle whatever waste you can at designated recycling points found throughout our villages and towns. If you're unsure where to find these, don't hesitate to ask the locals for guidance.
  • Stick to Trails: Our trails are designed to protect the surrounding vegetation, soil, and wildlife habitats. By staying on the paths and respecting trail limits, you help us maintain the natural beauty of our region.
  • Respect Wildlife and Protected Areas: During sensitive times such as bird breeding seasons and eider duck nesting periods, certain areas may be restricted. Please adhere to these guidelines to ensure wildlife can thrive.
  • Camp Responsibly: If you choose to camp, do so responsibly by following national laws and rules, and always use designated camping sites to lessen your impact on the environment.

By following these tips, you contribute to preserving the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Westfjords while ensuring a sustainable future for the area. Enjoy your journey responsibly.