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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
Our national labelling scheme

Visit a destination with a focus on sustainability

Visit a destination that is a part of the national labelling scheme Sustainable Destination. Although it is not yet 100 per cent sustainable in every way, the label indicates that the destination is working systematically with sustainable tourism development.

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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, visit places in Norway that are labelled by the Sustainable Destination scheme. These destinations have committed to work systematically towards a more sustainable tourism development, preserving local communities and cultural heritage, and reducing the environmental footprint from tourism. 

Please keep in mind, though, that although the destinations are not yet completely sustainable, they have embarked on a process of continuous improvement.

If you are seeking unforgettable cultural experiences, you can travel to cosy small towns with rich local traditions, such as Røros, Lærdal, or the villages in Setesdal.

You can also visit the arts and literature city of Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Olympics, or experience the perfect combination of culture and farming on The Golden Road at Inderøy in Trøndelag.

Some of Norway’s most breathtaking landscapes can be found by the Lysefjord and in the Geirangerfjord area. The deep blue fjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls, and lush vegetation, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List for good reason. Don't miss the wild islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen.

With their unique stories and local culinary specialities, these destinations will give you with a lovely combination of culture, activities, and tasty dining.

If you are seeking fantastic nature experiences, make sure to visit the activity and ski touring paradise of Lyngenfjord in the north or the Lysefjord and Suldal 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. If you want to relax amidst the peace and quiet of the countryside, you can find tranquillity in the deep forest of Femund Engerdal in Eastern Norway.

Geilo and Trysil are both a paradise for people who like to stay active all year round. Experience some of the country’s most epic ski slopes in the winter. During the summer, the slopes transform into some of the country's best downhill and trail cycling tracks – perfect for the adrenaline-seeking traveller.

The mountains of Norefjell, just 90 minutes from Oslo, are another winter playground for skiers. Here, you can ski from an elevation of 1,188 metres and down towards the frozen lake Krøderen at 130 meters – ideal for both families and daredevils. In the summer and autumn, you can go hiking and biking through scenic landscapes, or relax with a round of golf.

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Discover exotic Arctic adventures and stunning nature in Kirkenes, in the far northeast of Norway. Read more
Kirkenes
Suldal is located along the Scenic Route Ryfylke in Fjord Norway, a few hours from Stavanger and Haugesund. The area has been awarded the prestigious… Read more
Suldal
Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock), Kjeragbolten and Flørlitrappene (The Flørli Stairs) are all famous hiking spots located in… 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
Discover amazing Åndalsnes, famous for its breathtaking landscapes and the Rauma Line, Europe’s most beautiful train journey. Read more
Åndalsnes
The Golden Road is close to the main route from Trondheim to Bodø. Visit one of the country's most innovative aquavit producers,… Read more
The Golden Road
Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range are an Arctic area full of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities that offer pure,… Read more
Lyngenfjord
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 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 the home for real ski lovers. Geilo is one of the first alpine resorts in Norway and offers the most fantastic winter outdoor adventures! Read more
Winter in Geilo
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
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
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
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
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
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
Geirangerfjord
According to National Geographic, the Besseggen ridge is one of the top 20 hikes in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s located in Valdres –… Read more
Valdres
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
Winter in Trysil
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
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
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
Svalbard islands
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From the Vikings to the tourists of today, people have always flocked to Tønsberg, Norway's oldest city. Located about an hour's… Read more
Tønsberg and Færder
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
In family-friendly Nesbyen, you are always close to nature, whether skiing, hiking, biking or splashing on the beach in your bathing suit. Read more
Nesbyen
In the village of Gol in Hallingdal, you’ll find both tranquil nature experiences and action-packed adventures for the whole family – all… Read more
Gol
Bring your kids to Hallingdal feriepark, go mountain biking on some of the country’s best tracks, or walk through the mountains in search of… Read more
Ål
Go hiking and kayaking under 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
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog sledding under the northern lights, and never-ending daylight in the… Read more
North Cape
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… 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
From soaring peaks and glaciers to deep fjords – nature is the main attraction in Nordfjord. Go hiking, surfing and paddling or relax at a spa.… Read more
Nordfjord
Norway’s longest fjord, Sognefjorden, is surrounded by spectacular nature. In this part of Fjord Norway, you can experience fjord safari,… Read more
Sognefjord
Although it's the second-biggest city in Norway, Bergen is packed with small town charm. Read more
Bergen
The charming little coastal town of Kragerø is set in beautiful surroundings in Eastern Norway. Discover a fabulous cluster of islands in… Read more
Kragerø
Jotunheimen is a massive mountain area in Eastern Norway, home to Norway’s two highest mountains, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind. Other… Read more
Jotunheimen
The winter wonderland of Hemsedal has been named Norway’s best ski resort for a number of years because of its perfectly groomed slopes, cool… Read more
Hemsedal
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    Becoming a certified destination takes years of effort, with the whole local community working together. These destinations are set to be certified in the near future.

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