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    Elding Adventure at Sea – maintaining ecological balance

    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.

    Our goal is to operate on sustainability principles, which refer to a suitable balance of the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development. We try to offer good quality services and facilities, and base our work on the EarthCheck and Blue Flag’s standards along with IceWhale’s guidelines.

    Working together on sustainability

    All Elding staff members, and the different operational areas, are expected to pull their load when it comes to sustainability and work according to our environmental policy. Therefore we have our captains, engineers, guides, crewmembers, bus drivers, ticket sales, office workers and so on work closely together to implement our environmental policy and make it as efficient as possible. We also ask all our passengers to take part in the environmental work we’re doing on board as we consider their contribution important.

    Responsible whale watching –your support is vital

    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 watching tourism. We intend to have a positive influence on the way we view whales and dolphins. Together we are the global voice for whales and dolphins.

    Our sustainibility timeline

     

    2017

    Elding maintains VAKINN Quality and Enviro Gold label

    2016

    Elding receives the Gold Certification of EarthCheck 

    2016

    Elding receives the Blue Flag recognition again, meeting new criteria

    2015

    Elding receives the Gold Certification of EarthCheck

    2014

    Elding receives the Gold Certification of EarthCheck

    2013 Elding receives Fjörusteinninn, the environmental awards of Faxaflóahafnir, the Associated Icelandic Ports
    2013

    Elding receives the GOLD Certification of EarthCheck

    2012

    Elding receives the Silver Certification of EarthCheck

    2012

    Elding receives the VAKINN Enviro Gold from the Icelandic Tourist Board

    2011

    Elding starts participation in World Cetacean Alliance and it’s working group on responsible whale watching (at the time under the name of PlanetWhale)

    2010

    Elding receives the Silver Certification of EarthCheck

    2008

    Elding receives the Silver Certification of EarthCheck (at the time under the name of GreenGlobe)

    2008

    Elding receives the Environmental Award of the Icelandic Tourist Boar

    2007

    Elding starts participation in the Smart H2 Project

    2006

    Elding receives the Blue Flag recognition

    2006

    Elding starts participation in EarthCheck (at the time under the name of GreenGlobe) 

    2003

    Elding was a founding member of IceWhale