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Sustainability

Sustainability

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You may have noticed that Norwegians love spending time outdoors. We are very proud of our pristine nature, and we intend to keep it that way! Search for eco-friendly travel products and learn more about sustainable initiatives and destinations in Norway.

Working to improve sustainability

There is no doubt that Norway takes environmental issues seriously. Nature plays an important part in many Norwegians’ lives, and they are very keen to preserve the country’s unspoilt wilderness with waterfalls, fjords and glaciers. Therefore Norway is constantly working to improve sustainability in all business segments, including travel and tourism.

Looking after the environment is an important part, but it is about much more than that: creating thriving local communities and developing ethical business practices, for example.

Local, organic menus

Many hotels also feature organic products on their menus. For example, Scandic hotels have decided to say no to genetically modified (GM) foods and serve organic breakfast and fair trade coffee. Several of their hotels also feature local food specialities, something which supports local small scale food producers and showcases the gastronomic identity and diversity of Norway’s regions.

A greener travel industry

Most hotels in Norway have put concrete measures to control energy, water consumption, waste generation and recycling in place. It is, for example, becoming increasingly common to use energy-saving devices like automatic light switches, low-flush toilets, wash basins with sensors, eco-labelled cleaning products, and energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines.

The right to roam

Spending time in nature is considered a right in Norway, and just as in other Nordic countries, this right is inscribed in law.

According to the so-called Right to roam (Allemannsretten), everyone should be able to enjoy the countryside, including the national parks, as long as a few simple rules are followed.

Read more about the Right to roam >

Sustainable destinations

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A few Norwegian destinations have obtained the prestigious Sustainable destination standard. In order to qualify for this label, destinations must demonstrate their commitment to provide the best possible experience for visitors while keeping the negative impact of tourism to a minimum. This is done by fulfilling 45 criteria and 108 indicators that cover nature, culture, environment, social values, community involvement and economic viability. The label has to be renewed every three years.

Sustainable destinations
Suldal is located along the Scenic Route Ryfylke in Fjord Norway, a few hours from Stavanger and Haugesund. The area has been awarded the prestigious… Read more
Suldal
From jumps and turns in Trysil bike arena, to rafting, climbing, and hiking – experience Trysil in summer! Read more
Trysil
From culture and local goat cheese to downhill biking, ziplining and lots of hiking trails – outdoor adventures await in Geilo during summer. Read more
Geilo
Step on world famous mountain plateaus like Preikestolen and Kjerag, and then challenge yourself on the 4444 steps of the wooden staircase of… Read more
Lysefjord
More and more visitors come for the peace and quietness by more than 900 lakes, just interrupted by folk music and wild animals. Read more
Femund Engerdal
The Golden Road is a surprise of many colours – easily accessible in the middle of Norway. This fun detour landscape gives you great… Read more
The Golden Road
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
Lyngenfjord
The mountains at Norefjell, just 90 minutes from Oslo, offer peaceful nature with a grand view. In winter, you can go skiing and snowboarding –… Read more
Norefjell
From close encounters with the weather and long forest walks, to the underwater restaurant “Under” and charming white-painted wooden… Read more
Lindesnes and Mandal
Visit the cradle of Norwegian folk traditions! Stop in charming villages, enjoy fun activities, and travel with a steamboat on the Byglandsfjord. Read more
Setesdal
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
Lofoten
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
If you are craving thrilling adventures, extreme surroundings and Norwegian food specialities, Voss will not let you down. Read more
Voss
Sunnhordland has some of the most distinctive scenery in Fjord Norway. Folgefonna - Norway’s third largest glacier - is the icing on… Read more
Sunnhordland
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
Geirangerfjord
According to National Geographic, the Besseggen ridge is one of the top 20 hikes in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s located in Valdres - the… Read more
Valdres
Rjukan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located close to the Hardangervidda National Park. The area is known for Gaustatoppen mountain peak and the… Read more
Rjukan
Lillehammer is located in the lush Gudbrandsdalen valley in Eastern Norway and offers a mix of culture, family fun, and outdoor activities. Read more
Lillehammer
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site Røros. This traditional town is a certified Sustainable Destination and one of the oldest towns of… Read more
Røros
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    Environmental certifications
    in Norway

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    Make sure your holiday has the smallest footprint possible by looking for these labels and logos.

    Ecotourism Norway

    Ecotourism Norway logo

    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.

    The ecolabel Nordic Swan

    Ecolabel Nordic Swan logo

    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

    Eco-Lighthouse logo

    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.

    The Green Key

    Global ecolabel, recognized by GSTC, for hotels, small accommodations, campsites and attractions. Certified businesses must meet strict criteria within among others the areas of waste, energy, water, procurement, green areas, CSR and staff involvement. The high standards are maintained through annual certificate renewal, rigorous application process and documentation and frequent audits.

    ISO 14001

    ISO 14001 logo

    ISO 14001 is given to enterprises that have a high-quality environmental managing system for organizational performance.

    Blue flag

    Blue Flag logo

    Global, prestigious award based on a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access related criteria to be met and maintained, aimed at beaches and marinas. More than 4100 sites in 49 countries are awarded with the Blue Flag.

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    To find sustainable products, click on "Filter your search" below and select "Green Travel - Eco-certified providers".

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