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A guide to eco-friendly autumn activities

6 colourful highlights
Discover autumn’s golden colours – the green way.
Isfjorden, Romsdalen Isfjorden, Romsdalen
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Isfjorden, Romsdalen.
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson Photography AB / Visitnorway.com
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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.

1. A colourful bike adventure

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.

2. Make waves during your stay

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.

3. Keep it green in a museum

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.

4. Take a memorable hike

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?

5. Conquer a wall of adrenaline

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.

6. Chase the perfect catch

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.

Be prepared for changing weather

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.

Not sure what to wear?

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.

See where the eco-friendly activities are located 

Find more information by clicking on the icons in the map.

Biking
New bicycle park in Hallingdal Holiday Park the summer of 2017. This has been built to suit all ages and levels. Ål in Hallingdal is famous for… Read more
Hallingdal Bike Park
Enjoy the fresh air, birds singing, fantastic view +++ while cycling in the area. The beauty of the el bike is that you can decide how tired you must… Read more
El bike - rental and guided tours at Hotel Aak
A paradise for outdoor activities - All year Midtfjellet Windpark is one of the biggest of its kind in Norway, with its 44 windmills. With a fantastic… Read more
Midtfjellet windpark
The terrain in Nordfjord is very well suited for mountain biking, and this sport is becoming more and more popular and the trails are constant… Read more
Guided mountain bike tours | Gloppen Aktiv
Bergen Bike Rent is a five to ten minute walk from the Fish Market and the Tourist Information in Bergen, near the cruise ship port at Bontelabo 2. We… Read more
See Bergen from the seat of a bike
The Mjølkevegen cycling route stretches between Vinstra in Gudbrandsdalen and Gol in Hallingdal, passing through the northern and western Valdres… Read more
Mjølkevegen cycling route (250 km)
The path runs between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad on both sides of the Glomma River. On the way you will pass cultural landscape with monuments from the… Read more
Cycle routes: Glommastien (The Glomma path)
Cycling from Oslo to Moss - about 65 km. Bring your bike and start with a small boat ride from Aker Brygge to Nesoddtangen (about 20 min.) From… Read more
Go by bike from Oslo to Moss
Raulandsfjell and Rauland Feriesenter (Vierli) offer mountain bikes and bicykles for rental. Telemark is a cycling region, and cycling trips along… Read more
Cykling in Rauland
A demanding ride with plenty of steep hills through mesmerising scenery. Spending an extra day to visit Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) is highly… Read more
Cycling training camp - Preikestolen
Included: 6 x Accommodation with full board, 4-day trips by bicycle with local guide and bike rental, transport w / boat and minibus. Entrance fees… Read more
Arctic autumn on wheels - Huset på Yttersiden
Mjøstråkk Mjøstråkk is the name of the 250 km long cycling route around Mjøsa, Norway’s greatest lake.… Read more
Mjøstråkk
Stor-Elvdal municipality offers some of the best tracks for mountainbiking in Norway. Whether you like calm trips on gravel roads or mountain roads or… Read more
Mountainbiking
Hear about the vibrant city’s secrets. Explore places off the beaten track. Enjoy the stunning scenery. Join passionate guide on this fun and relaxing… Read more
Explore Tromsø by E-bike - Tromsø Outdoor
"Vekterveien" is an eldorado for familys and others who like to ride a bike. Over 35 km with dirt road and bicycle paths along rivers, small seas and… Read more
"Vekterveien" in Eidskog
Bike package with three nights accommodation, luggage transfers, maps and route descriptions. Possible to rent bicycles and accessories. Experience… Read more
Package: Cycling from Steinkjer to Stiklestad
Surfing, canoeing and kayaking
Would you like to go kayaking in magnificent surroundings in Ytre Namdal ? Join us and explore the archipelago around Abelvær by kayak. Here, you will… Read more
Kayaking in the Namdal archipelago
At Stad on the coast of Nordfjord you will find ideal conditions for surfing. Great waves coming in from the Norwegian Sea, white sandy beaches and… Read more
Surfing Hoddevik & Ervik
The islands between Fitjar and Bømlo constitute a unique environment for kayaking. The area has about 350 islands and a landscape characterized by… Read more
Paddle - Fitjar and Bømlo islands
Boat life. For those wanting to have active days during summer holidays, paddling is a great alternative and Ål is a good starting point. Paddling… Read more
On the water
Panorama hotel is a great starting point for a day or many days of paddling. The hotel has all facilities, and even rent out kayaks. The Fjord, the… Read more
Kayak trips from Panorama Hotell
The company Telemark Kanalcamping offers a large choice of canoes and kayaks for rent. We are sitated only 200m away from the Lunde lock, which is a… Read more
Canoing on The Telemark Canal
Provider: FOAM Travel. Surf Safari along beautiful, scenic beaches of Jæren. Got surf? The Jæren coastline sure does, and FOAM Travel is ready to take… Read more
Surf Safari
The launching and navigation area will depend on whales and weather conditions. We will give you the exact meeting point and weekly schedule of… Read more
Daytrip Whale Watching with “sit on top Hobie kayak in Kvaløya – 69Nord Sommarøy Outdoor Center
Canoeing is a very effective way of connecting with nature and gaining strength. The views from the lake into landmarks such as… Read more
Canoeing the Øyangen lake -guided tour
We will travel along the coast of the island of Håkøya – an area with beautiful nature and historical significance. Perfect for your first… Read more
Sea Kayaking - Tromsø Villmarkssenter
We have kayak rental, both single and double kayaks, including all necessary equipment, also dry suits. It requires basic kayak knowledge to rent… Read more
Kayak rental - Vesterålen Padle & Klatresenter
At Odal Canoe and Leisure you can rent solide canoes and all the equipment you need for a nice day on the lake. The canoens are available with… Read more
Odal Canoe and Leisure
The perfect trip for the inexperienced kayaker or those who wants a nice and different introduction to the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund. We… Read more
Art Nouveau - City Kayak
Kayak tour and local food This is a four hours guided tour of the archipelago around the fishing village of Veiholmen. The area is very sheltered with… Read more
Guided kayac tour with Smøla Kayac
Activity and information centre run by the Oslo chapter of DNT – The Norwegian Trekking Association. Friluftshuset has a bouldering wall and… Read more
Friluftshuset: outdoor activity centre
Canoe- and boat: Inner Østfold has a number of great lakes for canoeing. There are several places where you can hire canoes in the area. There are a… Read more
Canoe
Museums
Book a round trip and discover the fantastic cultural heritage in Vik. Join our guide and venture on a historical and cultural journey by bus in the… Read more
Sylvringen - a guided, cultural experience in Vik
The Glomdal Museum is one of the country's largest open-air museums, and displays a four hundred year-old period of building- and living tradition in… Read more
The Glomdal Museum
Sculpture and national heritage park with a strong international art collection surrounded by beautiful scenery with many spectacular lookout points.… Read more
Ekebergparken Sculpture Park
The district museum for Nordfjord, it has 44 old houses of historical interest, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of the houses are… Read more
Nordfjord Folk Museum
Ål Bygdamuseum is built up around a listed farm yard from the 1600s. The museum has been supplemented with other buildings that could have belonged to… Read more
Ål Outdoor Museum
The Iron Age Farm at Ullandhaug is a a reconstructed farmstead from the Migration Periode (350-550 AD). The farm is located around three kilometres… Read more
Iron Age Farm
Eiktunet museum is the open air museum of local history in Gjøvik. It is situated on the hillside with magnificent view of the lake Mjøsa… Read more
Eiktunet kulturhistoriske museum
Laura Ford (1961–) is a British sculptor. She studied at Bath Academy of Art (1978-82) and at Chelsea School of Art (1982-83). Her work is… Read more
Sculptures at Fredriksten fortress
Otterdalsparken, also called "Nupenparken" by the locals, include granite fountains made by Norwegian artist Kjell Nupen. 5 minutes walk from the main… Read more
Otterdalsparken park
When Røros Copper Works built the first smelter in 1646 people came to get paid work and settle with their own farms. Røros emerged as a collection of… Read more
Guided tour of Røros
Exciting sculpture park in scenic Straumen, adorned wit sculptures by Nils Aas - one of Norway's foremost sculptors. The Muustrøparken is situated… Read more
Muustrøparken Sculpture Park
Folgefonnsenteret - The Folgefonn Centre The Folgefonn Centre opened on 2 May 2017. The new Folgefonn Centre in the village of Rosendal, on the… Read more
Folgefonnsenteret - Folgefonn Center
Visit the open-air museum with its vast collection of old houses. Enjoy a stroll between the picturesque houses and the indoor exhibitions, and get an… Read more
Sunnmøre Museum & Borgundkaupangen
"The land of peace" - Morokulien The land of peace at Morokulien, is situated in he middle of Scandinavia, and right on the border between Norway and… Read more
"The land of peace" - Morokulien
Lomskyrkja – the church in Lom - is one of the biggest and most beautiful stave churches in our country. The impressive church dates back to… Read more
Lom Stave Church
Hemsedal BygdatunDuring the summer school holiday (July) you can join the guided tour and learn more about the life in Hemsedal back in the days.… Read more
Hemsedal Bygdatun
Polar Park offers a special wild life experiences for you and your family, and the park puts welfare as the highest priority for the animals. Within… Read more
Polar Park Entrance fee
Farmstead with hosts in the summer - guiding, coffee and waffles. High up on the south side of Hylsfjorden in Ryfylke you will find the old farm… Read more
Litunet (Ryfylke Museum)
Norwegian Fjordcenter - an experience for all ages We tell you the story about the UNESCO World Heritage, the West Norwegian Fjords. Unique exhibits… Read more
Norwegian Fjord Centre
Climbing
In the climbing park High and Low there are a number of fun challenges for the whole family! You are guaranteed exciting and challenging experiences… Read more
High and low climbingpark, Hallingdal
Climbing park in the woods with nine exciting courses with more than 70 obstacles, including several Tarzan jumps and ziplines. The trails have… Read more
Oslo Climbing Park
VIA FERRATA WITH FJORD VIEW IN LOEN If you thought the steep hillsides in Nordfjord are impressive to look at, why not impress yourself and climb them… Read more
Via Ferrata Loen
Welcome to Gjøvik Climbing Adventure Park The park is located in Øverby, close to Eiktunet, just 5 minutes from Gjøvik city center. Experience… Read more
Gjøvik Climbing Adventure Park
Come and try climbing and ab sailing in the Romsåsen nickel mines in Askim. Indoor 9 metre climbing wall and abseiling in shafts up to 20 metres.… Read more
Romsåsen Gruver, climbing and abseiling in Askim
The Via Ferrata style of climbing used today originated in Italy for soldiers to ease the climb up the Alps to strategic outposts during World War 1… Read more
Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata Vestveggen (7 hours)
Rock climbing in the area around Beitostølen and altitude orbit, is made to suit the whole family. Beitostølen Aktiv and Ski school will give you the… Read more
Beitostølen Aktiv & Skiskole - Rock Climbing & High Ropes Course
Høyt & Lavt - Sørum Activity and Climbing Park Høyt & Lavt - Sørum Activity and Climbing Park ​​​​​​is located close to Oslo city and Oslo airport… Read more
Høyt & Lavt /Climbing Park - Sørum
Western Norway’s biggest aerial park is located in a beautiful scenery, among rounded hills, only 10 kilometers from the city center of Bergen.… Read more
Klatreparken Høyt & Lavt Bergen AS
With helmet, harness and rope you are ready to take on the challenges of rock climbing. The skilled activity leaders at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge… Read more
Rock climbing - Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
Gjesåsen klimbing park is idyllically situated, with a fantastic view over the Gjesås sea and a fertile landscape. Here you can get airy experiences… Read more
Gjesåsen climbing park
Close to Fjørå, 3km from the center of Valldal, is a great site for climbing and rappelling in an idyllic fjord location with stunning fjord and… Read more
Climbing, rappelling and caving
Flatanger is a new proving ground for hard sport climbing, and it has been drawing elite climbers from around the world. The area's Hanshelleren cave… Read more
Climb Flatanger
Spectacular and challenging climbing park, with a fjord view from the unique Tveitåsen! The climbing park offers activities suitable for you and… Read more
Climbing park - Høyt & Lavt Nedstrand
Here you can swing from tree to tree, test your balance and challenge yourself at heights up to 10 m above the ground.  84 different climbing… Read more
Climbing park - Skien fritidspark
An exiting experience! Climb to the top of the mountain using permanently installed rope ladders and wires, secured all the way to the top.… Read more
Via Ferrata
Galdhøpiggen climbingpark consisting of 8 tracks including a test track and a children’s trail. Here is the trot syntheses (zipline) and many… Read more
Galdhøpiggen climbing parck
Hiking
Gaustatoppen, which many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway, towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883… Read more
Gaustatoppen
Join Outdoorlife Norway on an autumn hike to Preikestolen, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and post-equinox daylight.… Read more
Autumn hike to Preikestolen (day-hike)
The views over the fjords and mountains in the Sunnmøre Alps are spectacular.   Season Jun-Oct.   Duration 2-3 hours. Distance and… Read more
Hiking trip to Saksa (1073 m.o.h.)
Loen Skylift is a spectacular new attraction and adventure arena, at the inner part of the Nordfjord, in the heart of Fjord Norway. A Cable Car will… Read more
Hiking at Mt. Hoven - Loen Skylift to 1011 m.
Roundtrip in mountains of Bergsjø where you follow the trail around the lake Bergsjøen. About 8 km in easy high mountain terrain with great view… Read more
Around lake Bergsjøen Ål in Hallingdal
Start: Near the mouth of Onarheimsvatnet lake towards Onarheimselva river along the Fv79 road. Information board. Signposted and waymarked according… Read more
Nyabruo - Blåbærhaugen
Follow the Akerselva river from Maridalsvannet lake to Vaterland Park in the centre of Oslo. The riverwalk is eight kilometres long, and takes you… Read more
Walk along the river Akerselva
The trip starts from Kongsvold Fjeldstue, we will walk west towards Dovrefjell National Park. Duration: approx. 5-6 hours Equipment: Good hiking… Read more
Musk Ox safari from Kongsvold
The view point Kongens Utsikt is 484 metres above the beautiful lakes of Tyrifjorden and Steinsfjorden, west of Kleivstua. Admire the fantastic vistas… Read more
Hiking route: "The king's view"
Hke the stairs in Midsund! Sherpas from Nebal have been working on this stone stairs, and this work is worth the trip alone. And of course a fantastic… Read more
Midsundtrappene
The longest stairway in stone in Norway - 2200 stone steps made by Sherpas from Nepal. On the island of Oterøya, west of Molde, the Mountains lie "in… Read more
Rørsethornet (729 m.a.s.l.)
With a free fall of 275 metres Vettisfossen is the highest protected waterfall in Norway. You can get there on foot by walking up the beautiful… Read more
Vettisfossen Waterfall
The "Seven Sisters" are among the most photographed waterfalls in Geirangerfjorden. They are close to Knivsflå, the abandoned farm. No less than seven… Read more
The Seven Sisters
Homlungen and Storesand Start from the National Park Center in Skjærhalden and follow the blue symbols of the Coastal Path out to Homlungen… Read more
Coastal Path on Kirkøy (Hvaler)
You can get to Nyksund or Stø by local bus from Sortland, or by private car. By car, you need to take RV 820 from Sortland in the direction of Myre.… Read more
Dronningruta [The Queen's Route]
Fjellsjøkampen is Akershus highest point - north in Akershus in the municipality Hurdal - 812 meters above sea level. There are multiple opportunities… Read more
Hiking - Fjellsjøkampen the highest peak in Akershus
If steep climbs are not for you, you can take the Fløibanen funicular up to the top, and walk down to central Bergen, as easy as that. A very… Read more
Walking down from Fløyen til Bergen centre
- from Munkeby to Stiklestad. Join us as we retrace the pilgrim's journey from Munkeby Monastery to Stiklestad. Discover the fascinating history about… Read more
Pilgrimage - from Munkeby to Stiklestad