About Us

Elding Hvalaskoðun Reykjavík Ehf.
Ægisgarður 5
101 Reykjavík 
kt: 440500-4040
VAT number: 67329

Elding
 is a family owned company that began with a personal interest in wildlife, boats and people. Whale watching tours were the perfect way to unite these interests while giving locals and tourists the chance to experience Iceland's marine life.

Elding has been leading whale watching operator in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ever since we started our business 20 years ago, we have been looking for a way to minimize the environmental impact and pollution caused by our activities.

ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS

Now we are members of EarthCheck environmental management system, our vessels carry the Blue Flag and we received the Environmental Award of the Icelandic Tourist Board in 2008. Elding is committed to providing high-quality tours in a way that minimizes the environmental impact and pollution caused by its activities while allowing visitors to enjoy the ocean without disturbing its inhabitants.

SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

Special emphasis is put on striving to find less-polluting energy sources to run our operations and minimizing the production of waste and improving recycling. In our sustainability policy, special emphasis is put on:

  • Aiming to trade only with companies marked with the Nordic Eco label in Printed Matter, regarding the printing of our brochures and tickets. With this we hope to minimize the impact on nature in this field.
  • Complying with all relevant environmental, public, and occupational health and safety, hygiene and employment legislation and regulations, as well as the IceWhale guidelines for responsible whale watching.
  • Consideration being given to employing and empowering local staff, but also supporting international co-operation with researchers and providing work opportunities for foreign trainees.
  • Giving preference to environmentally safe products and services of local origin that do not adversely affect the organization’s operational activities, viability and environmental and social impacts.
  • Providing regular environmental and safety training to our staff and encouraging them to present our policy to our guests, suppliers and customers. We aspire to educate our visitors about the sea and the guidelines for responsible whale watching.

A SUSTAINABLE BALANCE

We believe that making optimal use of environmental resources is a key element in tourism development to maintain essential ecological processes and help to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity. Elding’s goal is to operate on sustainability principles, which refer to the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development. A suitable balance must be established between these three dimensions to guarantee its long-term sustainability.

CONTINUING THE GOOD WORK

We will continuously seek to improve environmental and socio-cultural performance and the policy will be annually reviewed in accordance with the requirements of EarthCheck Company Standard.

Environmental Awards:

•Environmental awards of the Icelandic Tourist board (2008)
•Fjörusteinninn environmental awards of Faxaflóahafnir, the Associated Icelandic Ports (2013)
•EarthCheck Silver Certified (2008-2012)
•BlueFlag (since 2006)
•Vakinn Enviro Gold & Endorsed Travel Service (since 2012)
•EarthCheck Gold Certified (since 2013)
•Kuðungurinn (2018) Highest recognition for environmental issues in Iceland. Provided by the Ministry of the Environmental issues and Natural Resources of Iceland
•The Model Company of Responsible Tourism (2018)
•Platinum Certification of EarthCheck (2018)
•Nominated for the Nordic Council Environment Prize (2018)
•Model Company of Responsible Tourism (2018)
•Vakinn Quality and Enviro Gold label (2019)
•Blue Flag recognition (2019)
•Platinum Certification of EarthCheck (2019)
•WCA Certification for Responsible Whale Watching (2020)