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Fjord Tours Articles / 28 Feb 2020

Green Alternatives to Get Around Norway

We know that many of our customers have questions about the best ways to travel within the country. We always recommend finding the most eco-friendly ways to get around Norway. Once you experience the stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife our country has to offer, you’ll no doubt understand the importance of doing everything you can to protect it.

At Fjord Tours, sustainable travel is an important focus. We are proud to be a certified Eco-Lighthouse (Miljøfyrtårn) company. Eco-Lighthouse is a Norwegian certification used by companies who are seeking to document their efforts towards environmentalism and social responsibility. Companies can gain the designation by implementing and adhering to a strong environmental strategy.

Fjord Tours is proud to have achieved this designation in 2010. Since becoming certified, we have also received the European Sustainable Tourism Award. This award was granted by The Vestas in the Tour Package category. This category recognizes providers contributing to sustainable and responsible tourism. We take our responsibility as leaders in ecotravel very seriously and we love to help our clients find ways to sustainably travel. So, if you’re looking for green travel options for your next trip to Norway, here are a few strategies we recommend!

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Norway in a Nutshell®

One of the best ways to see all that Norway has to offer is on our Norway in a Nutshell® tour. We recommend this tour for individuals who are looking for an eco-friendly travel option because you can rest easy knowing that we’ve taken care of it all for you. This tour is not only our most popular but, it is also incredibly environmentally friendly.

Norway is a vast country and getting around on your own can be difficult. Often, without the help of an organized tour, visitors resort to hiring a car, which is a less than ideal option in terms of sustainability. On the Norway in a Nutshell® tour, you'll be on eco-friendly modes of transportation by sea, road and railway! This comprehensive tour will take you from Fjords to snow-capped mountains with options to begin your travels in either Oslo, Bergen, Flåm or Voss. You can take in the scenery and feel good knowing you’re doing your part to protect the stunning landscape and the animals that inhabit it for generations to come.

Did you know

That by flying from Oslo to Bergen the CO2 emission per person is equivalent to 69kg? On the Norway in a Nutshell® tour your total emission comes to only 7 kg! As well as the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint, you get to see and experience much more.

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Photo: Christian Bothner / Wwwnordnorgecom

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

The truth is, most types of travel will create a carbon footprint, however large or small. But, the good news is there are many ways you can work to offset your footprint. If you’re planning on flying into an airport in Norway, you should consider flying with Norwegian Airlines. Why? Because the airline recently signed a groundbreaking pledge with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to become carbon neutral within the next 30 years. In addition to several other strategies, Norwegian Airlines will also allow passengers the opportunity to compare carbon emissions produced when booking their flight and pay a carbon offsetting fee at the checkout.

Depending on where you are traveling from, there are also several good ways of getting to Norway by train. Oslo is the natural entry point for train arriving from abroad, and from Oslo you can travel more or less anywhere in Norway.

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While we are proud to be a leader in sustainable tourism, we are always looking for ways to do better. As we look ahead to the future or eco-friendly travel, we are working on implementing a Sustainability Strategy for 2020 and the years ahead. This will be shared with you, our readers and clients, when it becomes available.

If you are looking for ways to ensure that your travels to Norway and within the country are as eco-friendly as possible, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We are more than happy to highlight the best tour and travel options for you. We look forward to working together with you, our clients and our partners to help preserve and protect the beauty of our country for generations to come.

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Photo: C.H./Visit Norway