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EarthCheck & West Iceland

Iceland is an international leader in developing and fostering sustainable tourism. Recently, Iceland has witnessed a period of rapid and successful expansion of its tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Barometer in January 2015; Iceland was second only to Northern Europe in achieving the highest growth of Tourism arrivals. 

For over a decade, EarthCheck has worked alongside many Icelandic tourism interests and destinations. In West Iceland, EarthCheck works with:

  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a destination that has worked with EarthCheck for over six years and is
    now Gold Certified

  • Icelandic Farm Holidays (Gold Certified) 

Conscious Travel

Travel lovers demand a deeper connection to what they’re visiting and experiencing. They seek out the real and the authentic; they relish personal connections with the hotel owners, the winemakers, the gallery artists and the local baristas. They are looking for holiday with a lasting impact, which lets them connect to their world with a fresh outlook.

EarthCheck focuses on promoting world-class, high-quality visitor experiences, supporting tourism, enhancing the role of protected areas, and building support destinations who want to build on their use and preservation of natural and cultural assets. 

Snæfellsnes peninsula – A leading destination of the world

The Snæfellsnes peninsula covers approximately 1.500 km² and has a population of 4000. The five communities of the area currently lead the movement towards a positive environmental approach in the operation of municipalities. In 2008, these communities were the first in Europe to receive EarthCheck certification, which is an international benchmarking and certification program for sustainable operations and destinations. 

The EarthCheck program puts emphasis on sustainable development in all areas of the society, thus contributing to the development of sustainable tourism and environmental conservation. The certification also focuses on promoting job opportunities and business in local areas, protection of culture, history and the individuality of each community.


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West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík Bjarteyjarsandur