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FIT FOR A QUEEN: Stay in a Mongolian Yurt in Iceland’s Golden Circle

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Relax in contemporary style and comfort, sleep under the stars and explore some of Iceland’s famous natural wonders.

Adventure Travel specialists Explore has unveiled its brand new accommodation concept in Iceland – a private collection of bespoke yurts set in the heart of the Golden Circle.

Ever since Game of Thrones first featured Iceland in season two, glimpses of the country’s frozen landscapes have lured adoring fans from all over the world to the little island in the North Atlantic.

The new accommodation, Náttúra Yurtel, will feature in an unforgettable new three-night, four-day adventure taking in some of Iceland’s most iconic sights.

By the looks of these beautiful yurts, dare we say – we think they’re fit for a Queen? (Khaleesi aka Daenerys Targaryen perhaps?)

Queen Khaleesi aka Daenerys Targaryen

What will you experience?

Set on a working Icelandic horse farm, Náttúra Yurtel is the perfect base to discover the highlights of Southern Iceland, and particularly the nearby Gullfoss and Geysir waterfalls, which you’ll be able to visit early or later in the day to beat the crowds.

Handcrafted and built in Mongolia by a family with a long history in yurt building, the yurts have been furnished and fitted out in contemporary Icelandic design.

Here you’ll get to sleep under the stars in complete comfort, as the yurts all come with ensuite facilities, underfloor heating and communal yurts for relaxing in.

Gullfoss Falls

As part of the adventure, you’ll also get to take in Iceland’s breathtaking big three waterfalls – Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss, and the black basalt cliffs at Vik I Myrdal.

You’ll also get to spend some time in the city (and capital) of Reykjavik with its mix of traditional corrugated iron homes and modern architecture.

As well as watching the iconic Strokkur Geyser erupt and the chance to walk between two continents in Thingvellir National Park, you’ll get to chill and relax in one of Iceland’s famed natural geothermal pools, known locally as the Secret Lagoon.

A three-night stay costs from AU$1,630 per person and departs 27 April 2020. The price includes breakfast and two dinners. The trip is limited to a maximum of 14 people.

Find out more: www.adventureworld.com.au

Skogafoss, Iceland

What will the positive impact be?

“Responsible in everything we do” is one of Explore’s five core values. This includes supporting charities and projects in the destinations that they visit.

Each year they review the charities and projects that they support overseas and find new ways of working alongside their agents and tour leaders to help empower the local communities they visit.

Responsible travel to Explore means that they ensure the people who work for them are treated fairly and paid a fair wage. They also prioritise learning about and respecting the customs and culture of the countries they visit.

They also ensure that local communities benefit economically by employing them as leaders, guides and drivers – and by eating in local restaurants and using locally owned hotels and eco-friendly accommodation where possible.

They minimise their impact on the environment by travelling in small groups, offsetting their carbon emissions, reducing waste and supporting conservation projects globally.

Find out more at www.exploreworldwide.com.au

How can you travel to change the world?

Congratulations! By reading this post and taking some of these insights on board, you’ve already made a difference.

Now you can easily create your impact by sharing your new-found knowledge with other friends who you think would also be interested.

Ultimately, responsible travel comes down to common sense – stay curious, keep yourself up-to-date with the challenges at hand and make yourself accountable for your actions on your travels.

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