As part of its Iceland Academy educational video series, Inspired By Iceland has released a special video on ‘A Guide to Safe Selfies’ to promote responsible tourism and in response to the recent global rise of tourists taking additional risks to one-up their friends and capture that picture perfect selfie.

The video is one of five new online tutorials, launched as part of the online educational tool’s Winter Term, for those wanting to learn about how to experience the best of Iceland firsthand, from the people who know it best – the locals.

Other classes for this term include: ‘How to Travel Further’ showing how easy it is to explore all corners of the island; ‘A Beginners Guide to Sagas’ a series of historical tales important to Icelanders, young and old; ‘A Guide to Icelandic Festivals’ for that dream festival experience covering Reykjavik’s Design March to Iceland Airwaves to the horse round ups that are the very heart of Icelandic farm life; and 'Power in Iceland’, a look at sustainability and the geothermal energy that plays a huge role in everyday life.

Each online academy class is hosted by a local ‘tutor’ including Head of Iceland Academy and Guide Stína Bang, Kamilla Ingibergsdóttir, music aficionado and PA to global successes ‘Of Monsters and Men’ and Settlement Centre manager Sigríður Margrét Guðmundsdóttir.

Classes are open to all via the Icelandic tourism campaign’s website and social media channels. Users are invited to watch the video tutorials and complete a short quiz, testing their newly learned knowledge and on successful completion, viewers will receive a special Iceland Academy badge and be entered into a competition to win a once in a lifetime ‘field trip’ to Iceland where they can test out their new skills.

This term, Inspired By Iceland will also host a special Facebook Live video class in partnership with Horses of Iceland, educating viewers on all that is wonderful about the Icelandic horse. Viewers can tune in by liking the Inspired By Iceland Facebook page.

Since launching in February 2016 the academy has helped more than 15,000 visitors learn about all aspects of Icelandic nature, culture and etiquette offering advice on avoiding awkwardness in the hot tub, how to drive safely in Iceland, what makes local food so healthy and delicious, how to travel responsibly, winter sports, staying safe, how to pack for Iceland’s ever changing weather system and how to capture the Northern Lights.

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