Why and What is?
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Spring to autumn we invite all of our customers to leave something behind by planting a birch seedling while we tour. At a perfect spot we will give Mother nature about 10 minutes of our time – 10 minutes that actually makes impact!
This path was chosen for two reasons. Firstly we live close to Hekla the volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Because of frequent eruptions the surrounding soil is mixed with ash and pumice which blows away very easily. But this is not only due to the volcanic eruptions. Deforestation caused by human activities in the region throughout the ages also has played its part.
The local farmers
For over a century local farmers, supported by the Icelandic State Soil Conservation Service(ISCS), worked towards reforestation of the area. Some farmers devoted their lives to the destructive power of the sand working for ISCS. Those men were called “seeders of the sands” and Árni, Magga’s grandfather was one of them.
By planting trees we manage to prevent soil erosion and in time increase the nutrients in the soil. We and many locals are participants in Hekla’s afforestation project to restore native birch woodlands in the vicinity of the active volcano.
Secondly, our world is facing a problem affecting all of us – global warming. By planting a tree one makes a small gesture which can combine with others to make a significant positive impact. We are really proud to give our guests the chance to carbon sequestrate their trip. It’s simply what we call a “win-win” situation.