Autumn in Norway is something everyone should experience. Escape the big crowds and the hustle and bustle, and enjoy our country as the landscape get painted in red, yellow, and orange.
Even though the weather is wetter and colder, it’s relaxing to be a a part of the picturesque surroundings during this season. People of all ages head outdoors to enjoy activities in the mountains and forests, along the coast, or in the cities. And the best of all – many of these activities are environmentally friendly with little or no impact on local ecosystems.
Norwegians get more and more inspired to live a sustainable and ethical life, whilst new and exciting places gets certified as eco-friendly destinations. On World Tourism Day, which was marked on 27 September, the British website Verdict singel out Norway as one of the ten most sustainable holiday destinations in the world.
In other words, autumn is a great time to discover the country the green way. Let Norway's destination offices introduce you to some of the eco-friendly highlights of this season.
Do you want to make the most out of your experience in Norway? Rent a bike and pedal your way through some of the most scenic places in the country.
From high mountains and steep downhills to flat city terrain – you will find a route that fits your pace and interests. During the autumn, the climate is often really bike-friendly, specially in the southern parts of Norway.
In addition to being a green activity, biking is a great way to blend in with the locals. The interest for cycling in Norway is massive, and many Norwegians are exploring their own country from the seat of a bike.
And don’t worry if you need a little help to reach the top of the hills. It’s both easy and cheap to rent electric bikes in many destinations.
As the duration of daylight becomes shorter and the temperature drops, only the most enthusiastic swimmers dive into the water. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Norway’s many crystal-clear lakes, rivers, and fjords.
Find inner peace whilst paddling a kayak on a fjord surrounded by photogenic mountains and waterfalls. Or go extreme in a rafting boat in rivers that will make your adrenaline rush.
In autumn, destinations all over the country offers guided tours and equipment for water sports enthusiasts on all levels.
Want to experience culture, heritage, and art – whilst being green? No problem. Norway has a wide variety of world-class museums, many of which are certified as sustainable and continuously working on minimising the impact on the environment. During autumn, you can enjoy new and exciting exhibitions all over the country.
You should also visit some of the many outdoor museums, where you can study famous sculptures, historic buildings, and exciting nature attractions whilst enjoying the crisp and fresh air.
Many Norwegians are at their happiest when they can put on a pair of sturdy boots and go hiking in the mountains. And we love to share the striking surroundings with visitors.
Join us on a hike in the mountains or help us fill the buckets with berries in the forest. In autumn, the forests are brimming with tasty blueberries, lingonberries, and cloudberries.
But you don’t necessarily need to travel far from the big cities to experience untouched nature. Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim are all surrounded by ideal hiking terrain along fjords, in forests, and on mountains.
Does it get greener than this?
Norway is known for majestic mountains, sheer cliffs, and fascinating rock formations. But do you dare to conquer any of these walls with your bare hands?
Few things beat the feeling you get when you have reached the top of a climbing route. During the autumn, you can chase that feeling at many different rock climbing destinations all over the country, with guided tours for climbers on all levels. But please be careful, and remember that rock climbing without a guide is an activity reserved for the highly experienced climbers.
If you are travelling with children or are a bit scared of heights, there are other alternatives. Be Tarzan and Jane for a day and challenge yourself in an outdoor climbing park. Several new and up-to-date climbing parks has been built in the last few years.
101,388 kilometres of coastline. 450,000 lakes. And 332 different fish species. If you want an authentic outdoor experience in Norway, you should go fishing.
Autumn means outstanding opportunities for the catch of your dreams. The ocean is brimming with cod, pollock and halibut, whilst salmon and trout are waiting for you in one of the many lakes. All you need is patience and a little knowledge of where to go.
Operators from the south to the north are ready to welcome you to a fishing experience of a lifetime.
During the autumn in Norway the air gets fresher and crisper, but the weather also becomes wetter and wilder.
From September, there can be quite heavy rainfalls, and storms may hit the coast.
But don’t let that dissuade you from visiting. On sunny days, you can experience beautiful autumn colours and the last flare of summer wamth.
During autumn in Norway, it’s important to have access to wind- and rainproof outer clothing.
And if you are planning to stay outside for many hours, we recommend that you dress in several thin layers of wool, rather than wear one big sweater.
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