Saving the Glacier with Reforestation

WHERE IS THE GLACIER?

Receding glaciers is happening globally and Iceland is no exception.

The world’s climate is changing and it is having a tremendous impact on our daily lives and work. In just a few short decades, there may not be any glaciers left to snowmobile on. We at Mountaineers are determined to preserve Iceland‘s precious nature and we are proud to have taken the next step towards a greener Iceland and hopefully saving the glacier with reforestation.

REFORESTATION

Saving the glacier: Step 2

Going Green

Reforestation in Iceland

Friday 23 March Mrs. Ólöf Einarsdóttir, Managing Director of Mountaineers of Iceland, and Mr. Garðar Þorfinnsson, Regional Representative of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland (SCSI), completed a contract concerning reclamation and reforestation in Bláskógabyggð Municipality.  Following up with the meeting, representatives from Mountaineers, SCSI, and Bláskógabyggð Municipality met up on 4 June to formally start the project by planting the first trees. Then 19 June, another 2,000 birch trees were planted in an area that covers approximately 1 hectare. This contract will last for 3 years and commits Mountaineers to provide one million ISK per year in order to fund the project. The goal of the project is to absorb CO2 and in time, carbon neutralizes Mountaineers while at the same time, creating a more beautiful environment that is mostly barren at the moment.

ECOTOURISM

In a previous blog, we spoke about the green future of tourism where ecotourism or sustainable tourism as it‘s often referred to as has been growing around the world and it could be said that the UN‘s declaration of ecotourism in 2002 was a milestone for this ongoing mission of protecting our planet.

 

SHUT IT OFF – FOREVER

Saving the glacier: Step 1

Earlier this year, Mountaineers took the first step towards going green and shut down a diesel generator that has been powering Mountaineers glacier huts. It marked a great step in the green revolution!. We are connected to the grid and have gone green!

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

We are looking into our next steps and have been traveling the world seeking electric snowmobiles! Want to help make Iceland greener and give us the chance to plant even more trees, then share this blog and you have contributed to our good cause. Stay tuned as we continue our fight in the green revolution.

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Varnir gegn smitsjúkdómum.

Íslenska

Okkur hjá Mountaineers of Iceland er mjög hugað að öryggi og heilsu starfsmanna og viðskiptavina okkar.  Það er okkur mjög mikilvægt að halda öllu hreinu hjá okkur.  Í einu og öllu förum við eftir hreinlætisplani sem er í öryggisáætlun okkar og tilmælum Landlæknis er varðar hreinlæti.

Þar af leiðandi höfum við gripið til þessa ráðstafanna vegna Covid-19 og annarra sambærilegra smitsjúkdóma:

- Áður en sest er upp í faratæki okkar þurfa allir að sótthreinsa á sér hendurnar. Einnig áður en komið er í starfsstöðvar okkar við Langjökul til að klæða sig í viðeigandi fatnað.
- Viðskiptavinir fá allir hrein buff (höfuðklúta) til þess að fyrirbyggja snertingu við hjálma.
- Við reynum eftir bestu getu að tryggja að það sé 2 metrar á milli viðskiptavina. Við biðjum einnig viðskiptavini okkar að virða 2 metra regluna.

Allir snertifletir eru þrifnir nokkrum sinnum á dag og einnig eru gallarnir og hjálmarnir spreyjaðir með hreinsiefni eftir notkun með efni sem heitir Virkon. Það er sótthreinsandi efni og drepur alla sýkla sem það kemst í snertingu við. Buffin og hanskarnir eru svo þrifin í lok dag og einungis notuð einu sinni á dag til að koma í veg fyrir smit.

Enska

We at Mountaineers of Iceland are very concerned about the safety and health of our employees and our customers. It is very important for us to keep everything clean. All in all, we follow a hygiene plan that is in our safety plan and the recommendation of the Medical Director of Health regarding hygiene.
As a result, we have taken these measures for Covid-19 and other comparable infectious diseases:

- Before settling into our vehicles, everyone needs to disinfect their hands. Also before coming to our local offices at Langjökull to dress in appropriate clothing.
- Customers are all given a clean buff (headscarf) to prevent helmet contact.
- We try our best to ensure that it is 2 meters between customers. We also ask our clients to respect the 2-meter rule.

All contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day and also the overalls and helmets are sprayed with detergent after use with a substance called Virkon. It is an antiseptic and kills any germs it comes into contact with. The scarves and gloves are then cleaned at the end of the day and used only once a day to prevent infection.