Would You Take A Pledge

If you’ve visited Iceland during the last few years, or have followed stories about Icelandic travel in the media, you are aware that the nation has been trying to cope with its astonishing popularity with travelers. Many of the new visitors have been less than sensitive to this special environment and a few have been blatant vulgarian assholes. Some tourists have desecrated national historic site, quite a few have set-up impromptu campsites in peoples yards, while a surprising number of tourists seem to think that defecating in public is normal behavior.

The Icelandic travel site Inspired by Iceland has launched a campaign to raise awareness about responsible tourism in the Arctic island nation. They are offering visitors an opportunity to take a pledge to travel responsibly. Signers can receive a pledge certificate and the chance to win a trip to Iceland. You learn more about the project and take the pledge right here.

The pledge:

I PLEDGE TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TOURIST.

WHEN I EXPLORE NEW PLACES,
I WILL LEAVE THEM AS I FOUND THEM.

I WILL TAKE PHOTOS TO DIE FOR,
WITHOUT DYING FOR THEM.

I WILL FOLLOW THE ROAD INTO THE UNKNOWN,
BUT NEVER VENTURE OFF THE ROAD.

AND I WILL ONLY PARK WHERE I AM SUPPOSED TO.

WHEN I SLEEP OUT UNDER THE STARS,
I’LL STAY WITHIN A CAMPSITE.

AND WHEN NATURE CALLS,
I WON’T ANSWER THE CALL ON NATURE.

I WILL BE PREPARED FOR ALL WEATHERS,
ALL POSSIBILITIES AND ALL ADVENTURES.

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