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Become a better traveller

9 TIPS TO SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

Yes, we have a huge impact on the world, the nature and the local communities when we travel. 

For good – and for bad. 

But you can make a difference.

You can travel better

The bonus? Your total travel experience will also improve!

Geirangerfjord sustainable destination .
Photo: Visit Geirangerfjord
The Geirangerfjord .
Photo: Visit Geirangerfjord

The Norwegian travel industry has pledged to cut their carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2030. 

We also need to take better care of nature, increase local value creation, and secure working opportunities all year round.

This way, the local communities can thrive and become even better places to live and to visit.  

Lonely Planet rated Norway as one of the top destinations to travel to in 2022, because we already work hard with sustainability. 

And we promise to work even harder. 

Fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord .
Photo: Fjord Tours AS
Fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord .
Photo: Fjord Tours AS

Are you in?

Yoga .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com
Yoga .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com

1. Travel off-season and find the hidden gems

By travelling to less visited places or off-season, you'll be able to visit and find unique places to stay and things to do recommended by the locals, without having to think about large crowds.

Å Auge treetop cabin in Tinn, Telemark .
Photo: Isaac Manning
Å Auge treetop cabin in Tinn, Telemark .
Photo: Isaac Manning

2. Eat local delicacies

Visit cosy farm shops and eat at restaurants that offer local food.

At restaurant Under, you can experience both very short-travelled Michelin food AND spectacular architecture.

The underwater restaurant Under in Lindesnes .
Photo: MIR / Snohetta / Under
The underwater restaurant Under in Lindesnes .
Photo: MIR / Snohetta / Under

3. Explore more with a local guide

Ever wanted to go ski touringkayakingcanyoning or experience a glacier?

A guide will help you to get the most out of an activity, experience the best local secrets and keep you safe.

Svartisen .
Photo: CH / Helgeland Reiseliv
Svartisen .
Photo: CH / Helgeland Reiseliv

4. Choose green mobility and public transport

Explore the country like the locals. Taking the bus or the train to your next destination will bring you on an adventure.

...some routes are even rated as the most beautiful train trips in the world!

Rauma line on the Kylling bridge .
Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad - Visit Norway
Rauma line on the Kylling bridge .
Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad - Visit Norway

5. Leave no trace

Take nothing but pictures, and bring your garbage back home

Let the Norwegian animals guide you to the laws of nature!

Oppdal in Trøndelag .
Photo: Marius Rua
Oppdal in Trøndelag .
Photo: Marius Rua

6. Embrace slow travel

... meaning, travel less, stay for a longer time.

Treetop cabin in Laagen outside Larvik .
Photo: Christian Lunde
Treetop cabin in Laagen outside Larvik .
Photo: Christian Lunde

7. Extend your stay with a workation

This could be your new office view...

Combine travelling and working with a workation.

Northern Lights in Tromsø .
Photo: Ismaele Tortilla / Visit Norway
Northern Lights in Tromsø .
Photo: Ismaele Tortella / Visit Norway

8. Travel like a local

Escape the tourist trail. Get insider tips on how to explore the places you visit like a local!

#hiddengems

Fargegaten, The Colorful Street, in Stavanger .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Fargegaten, The Colorful Street, in Stavanger .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

9. Spend your money on local experiences

By spending your money on local businesses, you will help strengthen the local economy and local workplaces.

Dog Sledding in Hallingdal .
Photo: Vegard Breie
Dog Sledding in Hallingdal .
Photo: Vegard Breie

By choosing to be a better tourist, you will make the locals happy.

And remember: A smile always creates more smiles! 

...and more generations of travellers will be able to follow in your adventurous footsteps

Hiking in Stryn .
Photo: Bård Basberg
Hiking in Stryn .
Photo: Bård Basberg

Want it all served in one plate?

Visit one of Norway's many sustainable destinations.

Bird's view of Henningsvær .
Photo: Christer Olsen Photo / Visitnorway.com
Bird's view of Henningsvær .
Photo: Christer Olsen Photo / Visitnorway.com

Green travel inspiration

Travel greener

Make sure your holiday in Norway has the smallest footprint possible.
Look for eco-certified providers while travelling.

Green travel logo

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.

These following certifications fall under Green Travel. 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.

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The following certifications fall under Green Travel

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