Reykjavík Hostels receive the environmental recognition of the Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment awarded today the Reykjavík Hostels the Ministry’s environmental recognition for the year 2010, for its contribution to the environment.

Minister for the Environment, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, presented the environmental recognition at a reception today. Sirra Ólafsdóttir, manager of both hostels, accepted the awards on behalf of the hostel teams. 

Reykjavík Downtown Hostel opened in the spring of 2009. Since opening, the staff and management have focused on limiting the effect that its running has on the environment. Reykjavík City Hostel has always put emphasis on informing guests on how they can limit the impact they have on the environment and encouraged them to take part in sustainability both when travelling and at home. Both hostels are certified by the Nordic eco label, the Swan. At Reykjavík Downtown Hostel and Reykjavík City Hostel guests can enjoy quality facilities and service and know that everything is done to minimize the impact their stay has on the environment.

HI Iceland has been nominated to the Nordic Council Environment Prize for 2011 by the Adjucation Committee, along with nine other companies and associations, which is a great honour. The Ministry for the Environment‘s recognition awarded today will certainly encourage the Reykjavík Hostels and HI Iceland to keep up the good work and continue to be leading in sustainable tourism in Iceland.


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The Minister of the Environment, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, and Sigríður "Sirra" Ólafsdóttir


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The staff of HI Iceland and board members at the award reception

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