To make it easier for travellers to go for a greener choice, some of the hostels are specially labelled as a Green Hostel. These dedicated hostels have all shown their commitment to the nature in the running of their hostels. All HI Iceland hostels must fulfill General Quality Standards, and to be able to use the Green Hostel logo the hostels also have to fulfill additional environmental criteria. It is important to note that this is not a recognized environmental certification but standards that HI Iceland decides and supervises, with the professional support of a consulting agency which audits the hostels.
Currently 20 Hostels hold the Green Hostel logo. The hostels are diverse with their own personality but all have in common to care about the environment and want to help their visitors to enjoy and experience the nature and the surroundings. Because of their diversity the Hostels have all figured out creative and interesting ways which work at their location and surroundings, in addition to fulfilling the criteria needed to be able to use the logo. You can read further about the environmental work carried out at each hostel on their websites.
The 17 green hostels are Akranes, Berunes, Broddanes, Dalvík, Grundarfjörður, Gaulverjaskóli, Húsey, Kópasker, Laugarvatn, Ósar, Reyðarfjörður, Seyðisfjörður, Sæberg, Vagnsstaðir, Vík and Bíldudalur.
In addition to the Green Hostels the three Hostels in Reykjavík, Reykjavík Downtown Hostel, Reykjavík City Hostel, and Reykjavik Loft Hostel, all have been certified by the Nordic Ecolabel, The Swan. The Swan is the official Ecolabel of the Nordic countries and stands for running a successful Environmental Quality System.