Known as the land of “Fire and ice”, Iceland earns its reputation with its many active volcanoes and massive glaciers scattered throughout the country. Iceland has been ranked greenest country in the world and is well known for their renewable energy program that supplies nearly every resident with clean electricity and hot water. Iceland’s small population has allowed the country to stay relatively undeveloped and environment left in tact. Getting to around Iceland is fairly easy and you can find great deals on flights into the capital city of Reykjavik. Although Iceland is considered to be one of the most expensive countries in the world, flights into the country are often very cheap compared to the rest of Europe.
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Solheimar Eco Village
Solheimar is a world renowned sustainable community known for its artistic and ecological atmosphere where about 100 people live and work together. In Solheimar there is an organically certified greenhouse, forestry, arboretum and egg production.
The people of Solheimar are great hosts and everyone is welcome to visit Solheimar. Volunteers, both long and short term, many for the internship program, have been and continue to be vital to the community’s functioning.
Hotel Grotta, located in the Trentino Alto Adige region of the Dolomites, is a beautiful eco-hotel dedicated to sustainability. The hotel has been renovated using 80% CasaClima technology and the water they use is heated directly by the sun by solar panels. The electricity used is produced by a hydroelectric consortium and they use primarily local ingredients in the restaurant to reduce the environmental impact of food that must be transported in. It features beautiful Italian style decorating and has been awarded as one of Italy’s best Family Hotel’s by Trip Advisor. Each room features a decor that is child friendly and gives the sense of being in a fairytale.