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Travel green along The Golden Road

7 eco-friendly things to do
Whether you are interested in sustainable activities, delicious craft beers or award-winning cheese, you will find it along The Golden Road.
Red fisherman’s cabins by the fjord at Straumen in Inderøy
Straumen at Inderøy.
Photo: Steinar Johansen

    At Inderøy in Trøndelag, sustainability is a way of life. That makes the peninsula an ideal destination for your green travel.

    Knut Øye Brandsås, the current leader of Venstre – The Liberal Party – at Inderøy, was born and raised here. The young politician puts the environment first in everything he does, and back in 2016, he was proud to see his hometown get rated as a sustainable destination by Innovation Norway.

    The Golden Road at Inderøy deserves a lot of the credit for this achievement. In the 1990s, the road just off Norway’s main road E6, was at first just an idea of a detour. Now, it is a widely known brand and counts more than 20 dedicated stops, many of which are certified as eco-friendly.

    Let Knut Øye Brandsås introduce you to some of the green highlights at Inderøy and along The Golden Road.

  1. 1. Take an artsy walk

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    The park features several sculptures made by Nils Aas, one of Norway’s most recognized sculptors. In addition to the park, you can take the short walk to the gallery Nils Aas kunstverksted, where you can experience a remarkable collection of art.

  3. 2. Visit great-grandfather

  4. Want to experience something different than a regular hotel? Escape your everyday and book a comfy room at Strømnes in Oldefars gjestehus (great-grandfathers guest house). The small farm hotel is known for its relaxing atmosphere and flavoursome food made with local produce.

    The guest house engages in sustainable practices and has achieved a certification for its environmental efforts.

  5. 3. Pedal through Inderøy

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    In addition, you will of course be served fresh local food along the way. Choose between a day package or a package that includes accommodation.

  7. 4. Local food with a view

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    The food is made from scratch with the use of local products and displays local knowledge of food and dishes.

  9. 5. Taste Inderøy’s own brew

  10. English Pale Ale, German Dunkel and American IPA – find your favourite amongst 20 different types of beer at the brewery Inderøy gårdsbryggeri. Join a tasting group, attend one of their brewing courses, or just visit their shop.

    Inderøy gårdsbryggeri is continuously working on minimising its impact on the environment, and has received the Eco-Lighthouse certificate.

  11. 6. Go hiking

  12. Put on a pair of sturdy boots, and experience some of the most scenic surroundings at Inderøy with a hike to Vangshylla.

    The route includes everything from grass roads through cultural landscape and steep hills to small bays suitable for swimming. Can you ask for more?

  13. 7. Enjoy award-winning cheese

  14. The cosy farm cheese dairy Gangstad gårdsysteri produces cheese and ice cream from the farm’s fresh cowsmilk. In other words, products don’t get any more “kortreist” than this (which literally means “short travelled” – or locally produced). And even though the farm shop is small, the cheese and ice cream are world-class.

    Gangstad gårdsysteri has been awarded several prizes and medals the last years because of their tasteful cheese.

    Sustainable destination

    If you choose to travel to a Sustainable Destination, you help preserve the historical and cultural heritage, and at the same time support the communities, traditions, nature, and environment. Welcoming hosts will serve food that is harvested, produced and prepared in the area.

    Sustainable Destination is the Nordic region’s only national labelling scheme for travel destinations. It is a tool for sustainable development of businesses and destinations when it comes to the environment, the local community, the cultural heritage, and the economy.

    However, the label does not mean that the destinations are 100 per cent sustainable, but that they have begun a long-term process. The destinations are evaluated every three years.

    The Golden Road

    An exciting detour. 

    The Golden Road is a local cooperative that works to enhance the quality of experiences at Inderøy, with increasingly strict requirements for present and new member businesses.

    The Golden Road includes artist workshops, local food by farmers, galleries and art museums, and historical memorials. Today, the cooperative counts 21 member businesses.

    Inderøy is located just of the main road between Verdal and Steinkjer in Trøndelag. 

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