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Wooden houses, fishing boats and snowcapped mountains, Henningsvær in certified Sustainable Destination Lofoten, Northern Norway
Wooden houses, fishing boats and snowcapped mountains, Henningsvær in certified Sustainable Destination Lofoten, Northern Norway
Henningsvær in Lofoten.
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com
Henningsvær in Lofoten.
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com
Greener, cleaner, and more authentic

Visit a more sustainable destination

Some places just care a bit more. About the environment, their unique culture, the local community, and last but not least – your wellbeing. Travel smooth and visit a more sustainable destination on your next adventure.

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There are many positive sides to tourism, but the industry is also faced with challenges. If you’re eager to experience a unique destination that can give you memories for life, and also cares for the locals by ensuring that your environmental footprint stays as low as possible, you should visit places in Norway that are 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.

Please keep in mind, though, that the destinations might not yet be 100 per cent sustainable in every sense, but they are working hard to get better and better every day.

If you seek unforgettable cultural experiences, you can travel to super cosy small towns filled with traditions, such as Røros, Lærdal or the villages in Setesdal.

You can also visit the sporty arts and literature city of Lillehammer or experience the combination of culture and farming along The Golden Road at Inderøy in Trøndelag.

Some of Norway’s most breathtaking landscapes can be found in the Geirangerfjord area – the deep blue fjord surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls, and lush vegetation is on the UNESCO World Heritage List for a reason – and in the wild Lofoten Islands.

With their unique stories and local culinary specialities, these destinations will provide you with a beautiful combination of culture, activities, and food.

If fantastic nature experiences are what you’re searching for, it will be well worth your time to visit the activity and ski touring paradise of Lyngenfjord in the north or the Lysefjord in the southwest – especially if you like majestic hiking and fjord experiences. The region of Lindesnes in the south can tempt you with the underwater restaurant Under, which you can visit after a trip to the southernmost point of Norway. And if you seek the peace and quiet of the countryside, you can find it in the deep forest of Femund Engerdal in Eastern Norway.

Geilo and Trysil are Meccas for people who like to stay active all year round. This is no surprise, as the destinations offer some of the country’s most epic ski slopes in the winter. During the summer, the slopes turn into some of the best downhill and trail cycling tracks – perfect for the sporty adrenaline-seeking traveller.

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Check out Norway’s greener destinations and read more about their sustainable practices.

Sustainable destinations
Step on world famous mountain plateaus like Preikestolen and Kjerag, and then challenge yourself on the 4444 steps of the wooden staircase of… Read more
Lysefjord
More and more visitors come for the peace and quietness by more than 900 lakes, just interrupted by folk music and wild animals. Read more
Femund Engerdal
The Golden Road is a surprise of many colours – easily accessible in the middle of Norway. This fun detour landscape gives you great… Read more
The Golden Road
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
Lyngenfjord
From close encounters with the weather and long forest walks, to the underwater restaurant “Under” and charming white-painted wooden… Read more
Lindesnes and Mandal
Visit the cradle of Norwegian folk traditions! Stop in charming villages, enjoy fun activities, and travel with a steamboat on the Byglandsfjord. Read more
Setesdal
Geilo is one of the first alpine resorts in Norway and offers fantastic winter outdoor adventures, from alpine and cross-country skiing to… Read more
Geilo
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
Lofoten
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
Geirangerfjord
Family-friendly Trysil is Norway’s largest ski destination. Surrounded by unspoilt nature, Trysil was one of the first holiday spots in Europe… Read more
Trysil
Lillehammer is located in the lush Gudbrandsdalen valley in Eastern Norway and offers a mix of culture, family fun, and outdoor activities. Read more
Lillehammer
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site Røros. This traditional town is a certified Sustainable Destination and one of the oldest towns of… Read more
Røros
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The mountains at Norefjell, just 90 minutes from Oslo, offer peaceful nature with a grand view. In winter, you can go skiing and snowboarding –… Read more
Norefjell
From underwater safari and modern camping to art and a science centre – discover the coastal town famed for its buzzing city centre and idyllic… Read more
Arendal
Explore urban beach life in Norway’s southernmost city! Kristiansand also has a vibrant cultural scene and exciting activity parks and museums. Read more
Kristiansand
The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands to craggy mountain peaks rising… Read more
Vesterålen
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
If you are craving thrilling adventures, extreme surroundings and Norwegian food specialities, Voss will not let you down. Read more
Voss
Sunnhordland has some of the most distinctive scenery in Fjord Norway. Folgefonna - Norway’s third largest glacier - is the icing on… Read more
Sunnhordland
Norway’s longest fjord, Sognefjorden, is surrounded by spectacular nature. In this part of Fjord Norway, you can experience fjord safari,… Read more
Sognefjord
According to National Geographic, the Besseggen ridge is one of the top 20 hikes in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s located in Valdres - the… Read more
Valdres
Rjukan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located close to the Hardangervidda National Park. The area is known for Gaustatoppen mountain peak and the… Read more
Rjukan
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    … and more are in the pipeline

    Becoming a certified destination takes years of work, with the whole local community working together. These are the next in line and are expected to be certified in the year to come.

    Travel greener

    Make sure your holiday in Norway has the smallest footprint possible.

    The following certifications fall under Green Travel

    Ecotourism Norway logo

    Ecotourism Norway

    This national certification is awarded to businesses and operators that hold a high international level in ecotourism. Over 100 strict criteria on environmental performance, host-role, local community integration, and purchasing must be met and often improved. The certificate is renewed every three years.

    Ecolabel Nordic Swan logo

    The ecolabel Nordic Swan

    More than 5000 products in Norway are certified with Nordic Swan, which indicates that they satisfy strict demands within energy efficiency, materials, and chemicals, all the way from raw materials to end product and waste management.

     Eco-Lighthouse logo

    Eco-Lighthouse

    Eco-Lighthouse enterprises work towards satisfying requirements and implementing environmental measures on a systematic and ongoing basis in order to create more environmentally friendly operations and safer work environments. Enterprises are certified subject to independent assessment and must undergo a recertification process every three years.

    Green Key logo

    Green Key

    Global ecolabel, recognized by GSTC, for hotels, small accommodations, campsites, and attractions. Certified businesses must meet strict criteria for waste, energy, water, procurement, green areas, CSR, and staff involvement. High standards are maintained through annual certificate renewal, rigorous application process, documentation, and frequent audits.

    ISO 14001 logo

    ISO 14001

    ISO 14001 is given to enterprises that have a high-quality environmental managing system for organizational performance.

    Blue Flag logo

    Blue Flag

    Global, prestigious award based on a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access related criteria to be met and maintained, aimed at beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators. More than 4100 sites in 46 countries are awarded with Blue Flag.

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