A Grapevine service announcement Pay attention: Holuhraun, still spewing lava. Bárðarbunga, still sinking.

Reykjavík City Hostel Opens “Green Info Desk”

Published June 27, 2011

A press release from the capital’s hostel services announces the creation of a green info desk:

“An information desk on green options in travel and lifestyle opened at Reykjavík City Hostel yesterday. The staff of the info desk, aptly named the Green Round Table, will answer all questions about green suppliers, products and activities in and around the City of Reykjavík and promote sustainable lifestyle and travelling. The Green Round Table will be open every day during the summer and caters to tourists and locals alike. This is the first info desk in tourism in Iceland focused on what travellers can do to minimize the impact their travelling has on the environment.
“The staff of the Green Round Table are young energetic people working partly for the City of Reykjavík as Reykjavík Helpers by providing assistance to visitors needing directions or information on the streets of the charming centre of Reykjavík. It is a great a opportunity for them to work in an environmentally certified workplace, to improve their knowledge of sustainable business and practise their language and communication skills in lively, multicultural and international surroundings.
“Both Reykjavík Downtown Hostel and Reykjavík City Hostel carry the Nordic environmental certification, the Swan. At the hostels guests can enjoy quality facilities and service and know that everything is done to minimize the impact their stay has on the environment. Emphasising as well on informing the guest on green options while enjoying the city and its surroundings is an interesting addition and will lead to a happier guest, hostel, and environment.”

For more information on the city’s hostel services, check out their website.



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