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Lonely Planet:

Norway – Best in Travel 2022

Flåm railway .
Photo: Torild Moland - TravelStock
Flåm railway .
Photo: Torild Moland - TravelStock

Spectacular nature, interesting culture – and a world leading focus on sustainable travel.

Rago National Park in Salten .
Photo: Frank R. Dahl
Rago National Park in Salten .
Photo: Frank R. Dahl

Norway in top three

Lonely Planet just rated Norway one of the best countries to travel to in 2022, based on the opinion of more than 200 staff members and more than 200 travel writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more, on places and travel experiences that they predict will be buzzing in the year ahead:

«Norway is almost unfairly blessed in terms of natural beauty. And it’s also leading the charge on sustainability, green tech and cultural highlights – the brand new Munch Museum and refurbished National Museum will enjoy their first full seasons of being open in 2022.»

Best in Travel 2022 is Lonely Planet’s 17th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and the must-have travel experiences. This edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences — ensuring travelers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go.

Sustainable commitment

"We are so proud! Lonely Planet is known as one of the world’s foremost society of ambassadors for sustainable activities. When they say go to Norway – a large crowd of travelers from all over the world listens carefully", says Bente Bratland Holm, Director of Tourism in Innovation Norway.

A major effort is made throughout the Norwegian travel industry, working hard for a more sustainable future.

"It is thanks to this joint effort Norway today receives this recognition from Lonely Planet,” says Bratland Holm.

Man enjoying the calming nature from the treetop cabin in Laagen, Larvik
Treetop cabin in Laagen outside Larvik.
Photo: Christian Lunde

Bold, new strategy

In May 2021 the Norwegian travel industry, presented a new, ambitious national tourism strategy. One of the main initiatives is the industry’s commitment to a 50 per cent reduction of its climate emissions by 2030 (based on 2019 levels), and in reducing annual transport emissions by 10 per cent. 

“Sustainable growth within the tourism industry has to be combined with a lower climate footprint from the industry. The travel industry cannot be ringside whilst the fight against climate change continues. We must act responsibly and join forces to do our bit to save the very foundation of our industry”, says Bratland Holm.

According to Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience Tom Hall the release of Lonely Planet’s annual “hot list” of destinations and travel experiences could not be more timely. “After an enforced hiatus, it’s time to take those long-postponed travel plans off the shelf and make them a reality,” Hall said on release of the list today.

Preserving local communities

Commitment to sustainability, community and diversity were a key of the selection criteria for destinations. They look to highlight destinations developing tourism that can be maintained long-term without harming natural and cultural environments, and that looks after natural resources.

More and more Norwegian destinations are now labelled as sustainable destinations. Here, you can get more than a beautiful experience, as you also help preserve local communities and cultural heritage while making the destinations an enjoyable place to live and visit. All while keeping your environmental footprint as low as possible.

More and more ways to travel greener and better, are also popping up. Travel by electrical trains, -boats, -buses and -cars through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth. Most of the Norwegian hotels are now environmentally certified. And everywhere, you will find earth friendly activities, like hiking, cycling, skiing and kayaking, to name a few.

Because you can also choose to be a better traveller. Every choice you make have an impact. 

How can I become a more sustainable tourist?

Stay longer
...less stressing around, more time to really live the place.

Enjoy the region you visit to the fullest
…we guarantee plenty of cool things to do.

Use sustainable ways of transportation
…sometimes the transportation is the experience.

Enjoy local food
…taste the nature, the traditions, the love.

Treat the nature, animals and the locals gently
…and you will have memories for life.

Hiking in Hardangervidda national park .
Photo: Marius Dalseg Sætre / Den Norske Turistforening
Hiking in Hardangervidda national park .
Photo: Marius Dalseg Sætre / Den Norske Turistforening

What to experience?

Lonely Planet recommends these places and experiences in Norway in 2022.

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