Many Norwegian tourism businesses hold a certificate in one of our official environmental and sustainable certification schemes:
Awarded to businesses that hold a high international level in ecotourism.
The Nordic Swan indicates that a product satisfies strict demands within energy efficiency, materials and chemicals.
This certification places demands on energy use, waste disposal, transportation, procurement and work environment.
Global, prestigious eco label for beaches and marinas.
Global eco label for accommodation providers and attractions.
Given to enterprises with a high-quality environmental managing system for organizational performance.
The green grass tuft symbol
On Visitnorway, you can search for Eco-certified providers under Green travel:
To help you recognise certified products easily, we use a symbol of a green grass tuft:
Certification for destinations – “Sustainable destination”
Destinations that can demonstrate a lasting commitment to sustainable tourism are labelled as sustainable destinations for three years. This is a great initiative that encourages destinations to act in a more sustainable way.
While many of our destinations work hard on sustainability, only a few qualify for the honour of being certified as a sustainable destination. It takes years to obtain the standard – destinations have to be able to offer the best possible experiences for their visitors, while keeping the negative impact of tourism to a minimum. In addition, they must work continually to improve its business practices and relations to the local community and culture, following principles of sustainability.
This certification doesn't mean that these destinations are 100% sustainable in every sense, but they have made a commitment to work hard on getting better every day.
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Wrap-up with Isabel
Sustainability in Norway
Test your knowledge
Finished the module? Check your knowledge by doing the test below.
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When you are looking for sustainable choices for your clients, you may come across the Sustainable Destination symbol. To achieve this award, what do the destinations have to do? Select all the alternatives you think are correct.
Well done! Destinations are evaluated on many aspects of their business, and it takes years to achieve the Sustainable Destination award. They have to demonstrate both that they strive to keep the negative impact of tourism to a minimum and work to strengthen the local community and culture.
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