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.
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 islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen.
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 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. 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.
The mountains of Norefjell, just 90 minutes from Oslo, are another playground for skiers in the winter. Here, you can ski from 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 at the golf course.
Check out Norway’s greener destinations and read more about their sustainable practices.
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.
Make sure your holiday in Norway has the smallest footprint possible.
Every time you see a tuft of grass on Visitnorway's pages, you know that the associated products and offers are a part of the environmental scheme. “The tussock”/Green Travel is a common navigation to all qualified environmental schemes used among tourism enterprises in Norway. The symbol helps you find environmentally certified alternatives.
“The tussock”/Green Travel is a common navigation to all qualified environmental schemes used among tourism enterprises in Norway. The symbol helps you find environmentally certified activities and accommodations when planning your trip to Norway. Every time you see a tuft of grass on Visitnorway's pages, you know that the associated products and offers are a part of the scheme. This makes it easier for you to go green.
These certifications fall under Green Travel: Ecotourism Norway, The ecolabel Nordic Swan, Eco-Lighthouse, The Green Key, ISO 14001 and Blue Flag. Individually and collectively they guarantee that the labelled experiences follow strict rules and guidelines for the production and management of waste, energy, transport, use of chemicals and demands for subcontractors. These measures go beyond what the Norwegian law requires.
The following certifications fall under Green Travel
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.
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 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.
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 is given to enterprises that have a high-quality environmental managing system for organizational performance.
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