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Fjord Tours Articles / 17 Apr 2020

Sustainable Travel

Everybody wants to travel but no one wants to do it at the expense of the environment. That is why the ecotravel industry has seen such a drastic rise in popularity within the last few years. We are a big supporter of eco-tourism in Norway, with much of our culture embedded in the belief that you should respect the beauty of the environment whenever you travel by minimizing your carbon footprint and leaving the area the same that you found it.

If you are interested in doing some sustainable travel to Norway but don’t know the first thing about how to go about doing it, then we’re to help. Here are some tips on how you can manage to sustainably travel while still getting to experience Trolltunga and the other most beautiful sights throughout the country. 

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Minimize Transportation Needs

This might seem like a difficult thing to do, especially when traveling halfway across the world, but it is possible to minimize your transportation needs. And by doing so, you will be able to significantly cut down on the size of your carbon footprint while traveling.

The first way that you can do this is by choosing direct flights over connecting ones. Even though connecting flights tend to be cheaper, they are also far worse for the environment because it uses more fuel in order to get you to your destination. Therefore, you should try and pick a larger airport like Oslo or Bergen where there are a lot of daily flights from most major cities around the world.

Once you land in your chosen Norwegian airport, you should then do your best to only take public transit as much as possible. By doing so, you are able to carbon offset by being transported somewhere along with dozens of other people while using only slightly more fuel than what it would take for a taxi or Uber to bring just you to the same destination. Plus, a lot of major cities offer a lot of green travel options that are going to be better for the environment while also providing you with a behind-the-scenes look at the local culture.

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Photo: Bergen Tourist Board / Girish Chouhan - visitBergen.com

Venture Off the Beaten Path

When you make your destinations some of the most common tourist spots in the entire country, it is going to result in your travel being very unsustainable. This is because a lot of the activities and purchases offered in these common tourist areas are provided by organizations that are supplied by or run by foreign corporations. Therefore, a large portion of the money you spend is not going to support the local community.

But when the list of the most common tourist destinations include exquisite places like Vigeland Park in Oslo and Bryggen Harbour in Bergen, it is not something that you are going to want to miss out on. In order to be able to see these exquisite sites while doing it as sustainably as possible, you will want to look into something like Norway in a nutshell®.

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Photo: Flåm AS / Sverre Hjornevik

This tour takes you to incredibly popular tourist destinations while also using the travel between these destinations as an opportunity to expose you to some of the most beautiful local areas that you would have otherwise skipped over. It is in these small towns and villages that are off the beaten path where you can better support the locals and get a more in-depth experience as to what the local culture entails.
By making sure to take advantage of green travel options and stepping off the beaten path every once in a while, it will provide you with an extremely enjoyable eco-tourism experience in Norway. To get help booking your sustainable travel experience to Norway, please reach out to our team today.

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Photo: Outdoorlife Norway