Elding Adventure at Sea recently received their third Gold Certification from EarthCheck. Elding has been certified by EarthCheck since 2006 and have constantly sought ways to improve their environmental awareness. We sat down with the team to discuss their approach to sustainability.
EarthCheck: Sustainability means different things to different people. What does it mean to Elding Adventure at Sea?
Elding Adventure at Sea: Sustainability means the world to us here at Elding. It means that we can provide our service day after day, year after year as we try to minimize our impact on the nature as possible, resulting in providing our tours in the same environment again and again.
EC: Tell us more of your history, how did you get so passionate about sustainability?
E: Elding started as a small family company in the year 2000, with one whale watching boat and 2000 passengers a year. Now, 15 years later, our fleet has grown accordingly to the increase of passengers a year. We saw very early that if we would like to sail out every day in our beautiful bay, surrounded by beautiful sea birds and mammals around us we would need to take it a step further and find ways to minimize our impact on the environment at the same time we were welcoming more and more guests on board our vessels. During that process we realized that our passion was not only business wise but also to find and develop ways to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
It’s also a great pleasure to see that people are choosing their destination with more care and choosing environmentally friendly places that understand that sustainability is the key to the future.
EC: Was it easy to go through the EarthCheck process?
E: I wouldn’t say it was easy, it shouldn’t be. However it is always an eye opener for our staff. Even though we are constantly working hard on our environmental issues there are certain things that you start to take for granted, but when you start working on the EarthCheck Benchmarking list you realize that there are some things you can do different and better.
EC: Do you see guest engagement with destinations as a focus?
E: Yes definitely, every week we encounter passengers that are returning to Iceland multiple times. When we ask why they are returning to Iceland, many of them simply say “the nature”. The unspoiled nature and care for the environment here in Iceland is unique. It’s also a great pleasure to see that people are choosing their destination with more care and choosing environmentally friendly places that understand that sustainability is the key to the future.
EC: How do you feel about the future? Do you feel hope for sustainability?
E: We believe tourism won’t thrive without sustainability. The sooner suppliers realize the importance of sustainable business the better for everyone. We need to be able offer our future guests to experience the beautiful unspoiled nature and clean water that some of us are enjoying today.
Learn more about Elding Adventure at Sea here