Go electric – by train, on super silent sightseeing boats, or in an Instagram-friendly, fun vehicle. Go healthy – eat local food from enthusiastic farmers. Go greener – and discover the wonderful people and places in Norway that give you the little extra and make you feel great!
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. You can compensate for your flight emissions by donating to climate protection programs. Staying longer also lowers your total environmental impact.
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The best way to explore the nooks and crannies of Norway is by public transport, and bus and train are the most environment-friendly option. And 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 provides you with 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 drive a Tesla you can use their fast-charging stations. Moreover, several hotels have designated charging stalls in their car parks.
In addition to the famous coastal express Hurtigruten, which has deep roots in the Norwegian coastal culture, there is also a new fish in town: Havila Kystruten will be offering cruises on the stretch between Bergen and Kirkenes from 2021, and their fleet consists of ships that run purely on battery and LNG (liquified natural gas) engines.
In Norway, several destinations strive to improve their environmental impact and ensure that you get the most amazing and unique experiences you ever dreamt of. These places are part of the sustainability scheme Sustainable Destination which focuses on developing more responsible tourism across Norway. They also aim to strengthen the values of both the local culture and the community, making them a great place both to live in and to visit.
You will also find many eco-certified travel providers all over the country.
Oslo has some of the most innovative environmental solutions in Europe and is selected as the 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 to visit in the world.
One of the world’s most environmentally friendly hotels is Svart which will open near the Svartisen glacier in Holandsfjorden, Northern Norway in 2021. The circle shaped hotel will be the world’s first energy-positive hotel.
Norway is a natural amusement park, and there are so many fun ways to explore. Use your own muscle power and go hiking, cycling, skiing, climbing or kayaking, or enjoy other outdoor activities. For your safety and to ensure a better and more interesting experience, you can go on a variety of guided tours. A local guide will know the area very well, and by choosing a company located in the area you also contribute positively to the local economy. You can usually rent any necessary equipment.
Further north, you can embark on the hybrid vessel Brim Explorer and go on a day cruise from cosy fishing villages of Lofoten in the summertime, or on a winter whale safari in Tromsø. The latter is on British newspaper The Telegraph’s list The 50 greatest adventures on Earth!
More and more Norwegian restaurants go sustainable, and the majority offer exquisite vegetarian dishes as well as local meat. Try Himkok, a bar in Oslo that was awarded “The worlds 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.
And by the way – did you know that the delicious Norwegian water is totally free? Get it straight from the tap or a mountain stream.