Go electric – by train, onboard super-silent sightseeing boats, or in an Instagram-friendly, fun EV. Go healthy – sample organic food grown by local farmers. Here are some travel tips for a more sustainable vacation in Norway.
If you want to go by boat, several ferry providers from Denmark, Sweden, and Germany have upgraded to more environmentally friendly fuel. When docked in Oslo and Kristiansand, the majority of these ferries are now connected to land-power to lower emissions.
But as Norway is a very long and rugged country, there are some destinations where flying there will be the most convenient, and sometimes only, option. Staying longer lowers your total environmental impact.
Read more about getting to Norway.
The best way to explore the nooks and crannies of Norway is by public transport, and trains are often the most environmentally-friendly option. Not only that – train journeys like the Bergen Railway, the Rauma Railway, the Nordland Railway, and the Ofoten Line are among the most beautiful in the world!
You can also easily visit amazing destinations by the fjords or in the mountains and valleys by bus or boat. If you wish to explore the Norwegian coastline, local ferries make it convenient to go island hopping from major ports in Bergen, Ålesund, Kristiansund, Trondheim, and Bodø.
The travel planner Entur gives you an overview of timetables and routes, and several destinations offer pre-planned round trip passes and travel passes.
If you wish to embark on an epic road trip by yourself, you can easily do so in an electric car (or even an electric bike), whether it is a rental or your own. There are more than 10,000 charging stations across Norway, and the number is still rising. If you are driving a Tesla, you can use their fast-charging stations. Moreover, several hotels have designated charging spots in their car parks.
Havila Kystruten is now offering cruises on the route between Bergen and Kirkenes. Its fleet consists of ships that run purely on electric batteries and LNG (liquified natural gas).
In Norway, many destinations work systematically to reduce the negative impacts of tourism and strengthen the benefits, and ensure that you get the most amazing and unique experiences. These places are part of the sustainability labelling scheme Sustainable Destination, which focuses on developing more sustainable and responsible tourism across Norway. The organisation also aims to enhance value for the local culture and community, making them a great place to visit as well as a good place in which to live.
You will also find many eco-certified travel providers throughout the country.
Oslo has some of the most innovative environmental solutions in Europe and was named European Green Capital 2019.
Experience the new face of the city by the fjord and find out why several international travel experts, such as Lonely Planet, have crowned Oslo one of the top cities in the world to visit.
Norway is a natural amusement park, and there are so many fun ways to explore the country. Use your own muscle power and go hiking, cycling, skiing, climbing or kayaking, or enjoy other outdoor activities. To ensure your safety and gain fascinating insight, you can also take a variety of guided tours. Local guides are experienced experts. By choosing a company located in the area, you are also supporting the local economy. You can usually hire any necessary equipment.
Further north, you can embark on the hybrid vessel Brim Explorer and go on a day cruise from the cosy fishing villages of Lofoten in the summer, or on a winter whale safari in Tromsø. The latter was featured on The Telegraph’s list of The 50 greatest adventures on Earth!
More and more Norwegian restaurants are striving to be more sustainable, and many offer exquisite vegetarian and plant based dishes and locally sourced ingredients. Try Himkok, a bar in Oslo that was named “The world's most sustainable bar” in 2018, or Credo restaurant in Trondheim, which received the first Michelin Nordic Guide Sustainability Award in 2019. Not to mention Rest, a unique restaurant in Oslo that turns leftovers into world-class gourmet meals.
Don't forget that delicious Norwegian water is totally free! Get it straight from a mountain stream.
Norsk Økoturisme (Norwegian Ecotourism) is one of the strictest Norwegian eco labels in tourism. Only businesses and operators that hold a high international level can become certified. There are over 100 strict criteria on environmental performance, the role of the host, local community integration, and procurement that must be met.
In other words, if you visit a place that holds this certification, you can rest assured that the providers work very hard to eliminate the negative consequences of tourism and to boost its positive impact.
Check out these certified businesses and operators:
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Experience breathtaking views, majestic mountains, and the hairpin bends of Norway's most scenic mountain pass, Trollstigen. Cruise the emerald-green UNESCO Geirangerfjord, explore the beautiful coastal town of Ålesund, and enjoy some of the most Instagram-friendly scenery in the world!
Southbound voyage on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Kystruten) from Tromsø with Scandinavian Escort then Bergen to Oslo on our Scenic Train Journey. | 50 Degrees North
9-day independent rail tour. Explore Oslo, Geiranger, Ålesund and Bergen. Travel with the impressive Rauma and Bergen Railway lines and enjoy a cruise with Hurtigruten on the Geirangerfjord. | Authentic Scandinavia
A 7-day tour featuring the best of Norway, including a 3-day trek and a train trip from Oslo to Finse, a stay in Flåm, express boat to Bergen, and a RIB boat safari in the Nærøyfjord. Stunning nature, charming lodges, and fantastic scenery and company! | 50 Degrees North
This legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-listed fjord and mountain scenery, and includes a ride one of Europe’s top scenic rail journeys. | Fjord Tours
Travel by train, boat, and bus to experience the Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord. Visit Oslo, Bergen, and the fjord villages of Flåm, Balestrand and Ulvik. | Authentic Scandinavia
Travel independently by train and boat to experience the breathtaking Norwegian fjords. Visit Oslo and Bergen, as well as the fjord villages of Flåm and Balestrand. | Authentic Scandinavia
6-day Norway activity tour including Oslo, the fjord region, Voss and Bergen. Experience activities like biking, RIB boat fjord safaris, and spectacular train journeys.| Authentic Scandinavia
On this 2-day tour you get to experience Norway’s longest fjord with cosy villages along the way, and ride some of the most beautiful train journeys on the planet! Start in Oslo or Bergen. | Fjord Tours
On this amazing winter tour, you travel through some of Norway's most beautiful fjord and winter scenery. The tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-protected fjord and mountain scenery, as well as a trip on Europe’s top scenic rail journey. | Fjord Tours
Take your seat on an epic rail journey through tranquil landscapes peppered with majestic mountains, fjords and waterfalls – on foot, by boat or even in a kayak. | Up Norway.
Experience the best of Norway by train, ferry, and bus from Oslo to Bergen with porter service, accommodation in Flåm, and winter adventures. | 50 Degrees North
Travel into the heart of the Norwegian fjord and mountain landscape, experience the mighty Sognefjord, and enjoy scenic train journeys with the Flåm Railway and Bergen Railway – all in one ticket! | Fjord Tours
4-day break to experience the amazing Norwegian fjords. Travel by train on the Bergen & Flåm Railways, spend the night in beautiful Flåm, and join a cruise on the Nærøyfjord. | Authentic Scandinavia
6-day independent rail tour including Oslo, Bergen and Vatnahalsen. Experience scenic railways and breathtaking fjords as you travel across the mountain to the Norwegian fjord region. | Authentic Scandinavia
With an extended stay in a riverside lodge near Flåm, take your time and enjoy the Norwegian fjord scenery by hiking, kayaking or biking. Half board, train journey, transfers and two outdoor activities are included. | 50 Degrees North
Travel along the fjords, ride the scenic Flåm Railway, sleep on the night train, and visit charming local villages. All in just 24 hours! | Book Nordics
Experience the highlights of Southern Norway, including the Norwegian fjords and coast, scenic railways, the Pulpit Rock and the cities of Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, and Kristiansand. | Authentic Scandinavia