Environmental policies

Within the Íslandshotel group we strive to achieve environmental standards that we can be proud of.

Grand Hotel is conformed to the

Nordic Ecolabel

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel

We want to lead the way when it comes to environmental issues in the hotel industry in Iceland and we intend to do so. The same applies to social responsibility. For us, it is a sure thing to support.

Grand Hotel Reykjavík is the first one of our hotels that has conformed to the Nordic Eco-labeling criteria for hotels and is, according to our knowledge, the only hotel in Reykjavík to do so. We take great pride in the work we have been doing at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik which is currently the only hotel in our hotel chain do have been awarded any environmental certificates. The hotel will come to lay the lines for the rest of our operation for the coming years.

Vakinn

Vakinn

Íslandshotel are part of Vakinn, the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism.

The star rating criteria for hotels is based on the criteria compiled by Hotelstars Union - hotelstars.eu. At the present time 15 European countries are classifying hotels according to the criteria from Hotelstars. What does Vakinn do? Vakinn ensures that quality, safety and environmental awareness is of the highest standards in all aspects of business practises. Quality is a key foundation for success in the business of tourism. Vakinn makes sure that businesses maintain the highest standards,

Eco-Friendly

The Íslandshótel practices vigilance regarding environmental matters, determined to be a role model while constantly working toward the following goals:

Reducing energy consumption

  • Always using LED and energy saving lightbulbs
  • Purchasing energy saving equipment
  • Reducing energy consumption


Ecological purchasing 

  • Always purchasing environmentally certified products and services when available
  • Offering organic products, including certified organic breakfast foods

Reducing unsorted waste

  • Limiting single use or small packaged products if possible
  • Sorting all waste and sending it for recycling. At the moment we have 11 different categories for waste sorting
  • Provide easy management for waste sorting for guests and employees
  • Limiting use of chemicals and using soap dispensers

Reducing water consumption

  • Using water saving equipment
  • Constantly monitoring equipment settings as well as water consumption in the kitchen, laundry and gym

Environmental education and information

  • Providing customers with information on the hotel‘s environmental efforts to promote a positive environmental impact 

  • Ensuring our staff is informed of the hotel‘s environmental policy and trained to work accordingly.
  • Keep up with current environmental issues and promote general awareness


The flag ship of Íslandshótel, Grand Hotel Reykjavík, complies with the increasing guest requirements for organic food items and insures that our products listed as organic have been certified by independent authorities.

We offer our guests the following: a daily breakfast section with certified organic products including a certified organic “mini“ breakfast for meetings and a certified organic breakfast for individual groups. Certified organic coffee breaks are also available for afternoon meetings.

At Grand Hotel Reykjavík we actively source local products for our kitchen and strive to use Icelandic organic herbs and vegetables when available.

Whenever possible we purchase environmentally certified products and services.

Love Food

According to the European Consumers Organization, wasted food is equaling about a third of the food intended for consumption. This is preventable and we want to encourage our guests to minimize food waste.