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Visit Iceland’s Snaefellsjokull National Park and the nearby Eco-friendly Hotel Hellnar

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Hotel Hellnar is 10 minutes away from Snaefellsjokull National Park where there is an abundant wildlife such as arctic fox and white-tailed eagles and the park has many incredible views of rock and ice formations as ancient lava flows are prominent in this landscape and there are a wealth of caves in the area, which are said to have inspired Jules Verne to choose the top crater at Snaefellsjokull as the entry point in his famous novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth. The hotel can help arrange horse-riding tours through lava-fields or along sandy beaches and Island Tours from Stykkisholmur where boat sails close to islands where birds such as puffins, cormorants, kitti-wakes and seaeagles nest. Also, there are many hiking trails from the hotel to a wide range of nearby natural attractions.

Hotel Hellnar is the first travel and tourism business in Iceland to be certified by GREEN GLOBE, and has been certified since 2002. This hotel is safely far away from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in the spring of 2010 and caused so much havoc with air travel to Europe. They offer accommodations with spectacular ocean view, at the heart of Snaefellsjokull Glacier. They are open from May 10th to September 15th. The hotel was originally planned to be a spiritual retreat it is currently a modern but simple, single story wood building that comfortably coexists visually with the surrounding natural splendor. See more information on the hotel’s website.

For more information on travel in Iceland you may want to check out this great travel guide on Amazon.

Here is a website that will also provide more detailed information about sustainable travel in Iceland.

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Commune with the gorillas of Rwanda

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Commune with gorillas with Rwanda Eco-ToursTaking a peek at the lives of gorillas is not a new experience, afterall they are a common resident of zoos and nature parks. Communing with them where they live, however, now that’s a twist on the zoo concept for sure.

You don’t have to be Jane Goodall to see these gorillas. The trek starts with an early morning drive to Musanze/Ruhengeri passing through the picturesque hilly countryside. The landscape is what gives Rwanda its nickname of “the Land of a Thousand Hills.” Then trek among the Mountain Gorillas of Parc National des Volcans for the experience of a lifetime. There are seven gorilla groups that have been habituated for tourism.

Getting up close and personal with the gorillas isn’t the only amazing aspect of this tour. There are spectacular views of the volcanoes of Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura. You’ll wind down your tour with a visit to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village to have an interactive experience with locals learning about Rwandan traditions, culture, song and dance. Sample the local cuisine and take a taste of banana beer.

Rwanda Eco-Tours strives to make a difference in the world by offering eco and responsible safaris that directly benefit the local Rwanda community as an incentive for conservation. During your tour you even have the option of visiting the projects and communities that benefit from these eco tours.

Rwanda Eco-Tours is owned and run by local Rwandans. Their extensive experience and knowledge in tourism and conservation will assure you experience the wonders of the gorilla habitat, the beauty of the country’s people and culture in a way you’ve never experienced before.

If a day trek is too short, Rwanda Eco-Tours has 2-, 4-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 12-day excursions that will allow you to more deeply explore the culture, community, and of course the gorillas!

Go apes with Rwanda Eco-Tours.

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