A JOURNEY IS LIKE MARRIAGE
THE CERTAIN WAY TO BE WRONG IS TO THINK YOU CONTROL IT
GO WEST - Partner profile
Experience Iceland with Go West in an eco-friendly way and connect with people, nature and culture on the border of the Arctic.
Life is movement. - Let's be moved!
is our motto which expresses itself in our efforts to:
Organize our tours in close cooperation with those we visit.
Travel without compromising nature, local culture, environment or safety.
Highlight local history and cultural heritage.
Stimulate a fertile interaction between guests and hosts.
These efforts includes eco-tourism, something which really matters to us. "Eco-tourism is enriching nature and cultural experiences, facilitated by responsible tourism businesses to care for their people, the environment and the communities they are part of." A definition from TIES. (The International Eco-tourism Society). We are now in the applying process among participants in VAKINN (an Icelandic quality assessment system for tourism).
The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.
Jon Joel, skipper
has a diverse background within humanities from universities and working live in Iceland, Norway and USA, like theatre and literature, philosophy and creativity, Icelandic and pedagogy,
He has been enthusiastic about nature and environmental issues for many years and is passionate believer in that tourism has immense power to do good for sustainability.
Maggy, First Mate & Caring Mistress
is a social worker. She obtained her degree in Norway a long time ago and has a wealth of experience within family consultation, youth work, rehabilitation and leading trade-union business. She is one of three founders of a successful outdoor educational program (Hálendishópurinn) for young people at risk.
We can proudly tell you that we are not alone.
We are sometimes accompanied by experts in various fields:
Björn is an old friend and a colleague of Maggy since the days of Hálendishópurinn (1989-2007), a Wilderness Therapy they developed for youth at risk. He is a climber and mountaineer, and former president of the Icelandic Alpine Club, A high school teacher by profession with a masters degree in Educational Theory and Adult Education. Now he works mainly a consultant and an outdoor-experiential facilitator (see: experiential learning) in Iceland and at an European level (viaexperientia.net), where he has been leading Experiential leadership training-courses for reachers, trainers, business managers and youth leaders in various European countries.
Emily Lethbridge isn't just a respected scholar in medieval studies but also an outdoor enthusiasts who is helping us to promote saga-pilgrimage in Iceland.
Haraldur Sigurðsson is a volcanologist and one of our would famous scientist. He is a professor emeritus from the University of Rhode Island and now he is back home. He travel a lot and is still active in various geological research but once in a while we can grab him and have him to join our guests. He is enthusiastic about the growth of his old home town Stykkisholmur and is a founder of the VOLCANO MUSEUM there.
Ingþór Bjarnason is a psychologist with a broad background from working life. He is an expert in MINDFULNESS therapy and how nature can play a role in our healing process. His love for nature has brought him that wisdom, for instance through his exploratory journeys on glaciers over Greenland, South Pole and almost to the North Pole.
Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson is a glaciologist working at the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Global warming and its effect on glaciers is of major concern for us and Þorsteinn has shared with us information on the status of melting and retreating glaciers in Iceland.He is a very talented communicator and has helped us to understand the big picture and importance of the glaciers for our lives.