Pure Nordic green experience at Hotel Eyja Guldsmeden


Hotel Eyja Guldsmeden is the first hotel in Iceland to be certified by Green Globe. The property is located in the trendy downtown area of Reykjavik with views over the city and the spectacular Mount Esja.

Owners Linda Jóhannsdóttir and husband Ellert Finnbogason share years of experience in the hotel business and a passion for providing guests with a pleasant and enjoyable stay in the country’s capital.

“At Eyja Guldsmeden we believe quite strongly that we’re able to offer our guests the best possible experience and personal service while minimizing our impact on the planet and enhancing their health,” said Ms Jóhannsdóttir, CEO of Hotel Eyja Guldsmeden.

This Nordic haven combines modern conveniences with the benefits of sustainable best practice, all located within a unique destination. Iceland is renowned for its pure water and unpolluted climate, and recognized for quality naturally grown, fresh and organic food production. At Eyja Guldsmeden the emphasis is on local and organic food products and environmental responsibility. Fair-trade and eco-certified suppliers are used almost exclusively, and the hotel will usually choose not to have certain products or services rather than compromise its integrity.

Most goods are purchased locally and delivered by car or bike once a week to limit the property’s carbon footprint. Eyja Hotel has its own carrier bicycle that is used for additional light shopping such as buying bread and pastry made from organic ingredients.

“We encourage guests to use hotel bikes instead of cars or even walk – which gives them the chance to breathe the clean, fresh Icelandic air, and of course all water should be drunk straight from the tap. We have exceptionally pure and clean water to enjoy free of charge in Iceland,” Ms. Jóhannsdóttir added.

As part of the hotel’s communication strategy, all information is disseminated through its CO2-neutral website and social media, and all printed matter is eco-certified.

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Other sustainable initiatives have been implemented that lessen environmental impacts and reduce the generation of waste. All bathroom products are organic and sustainably packaged. In addition, a majority of suppliers deliver products in crates and cases, which are reused and taken back while retired bed linen, duvets and towels are given a second life and sewn into pillow covers or donated to charity.

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About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please click here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Bradley Cox, Director Communications, Green Globe Certification, 5959 W. Century Blvd., Suite 610, Los Angeles, California 90045 U.S.A., Tel +1-310-337-3000, Fax +1-310-626-9982, skype bradleygcox, email: [email protected]

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