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Fjord Tours Articles / 19 Apr 2022

Why Norway Might Be the Most Sustainable Country in the World

These days, more and more travellers are focused on sustainable travel. People want to experience their dream destinations while minimizing the negative impact on the local environment and community. Fortunately, Norway is one of the most sustainable countries in the world, and plenty of measures have been taken to ensure that travellers can enjoy an eco-friendly Norwegian holiday.

But what exactly is Norway doing to preserve its natural environment, and how can you ensure your trip involves the least environmental impact possible? Keep reading to find out! 

Melissa Olsen

Is Norway known for sustainable tourism? 

There are plenty of opportunities for environmentally conscious travel within Norway, so if you’d like to explore natural beauty and unforgettable experiences without worrying about your carbon footprint, you’ve come to the right place! In fact, Norway has been focused on sustainability within travel for a long time, and the country is well-known internationally for its efforts within eco-friendly tourism

There’s plenty you can do to make greener choices for your upcoming trip to Norway. By making your environmental footprint as low as possible, you can enjoy an unforgettable trip to unique travel destinations in Norway while also preserving the local nature, environment and cultural heritage of the area. 

One of the best examples of a sustainable tour in Norway would be Fjord Tours’ Lofoten in a Nutshell Tour. The stunning Lofoten Islands is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Norway, and this comprehensive tour makes it possible to explore the region in an eco-friendly way. Lofoten is a certified Sustainable Destination, meaning travellers can enjoy their time in this gorgeous natural area without worrying about the potential negative impact on the local environment.

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What is Norway doing to protect its natural environment? 

Norway and the other Scandinavian countries are at the very top of the list of the world’s most sustainable countries. The Norwegian government and its people have placed a high emphasis on creating a greener society and preserving the natural environment in Norway. The steps they’ve taken include switching to hydroelectricity, shifting transport to be mostly electric, establishing recycling initiatives, and investing a huge amount of money in efforts to keep the seas and nature as free of pollution as possible. 

In Norway, protecting the environment and heritage sites is a key priority, and this has led to an increased focus on creating eco-friendly travel opportunities. Fortunately for travellers, it’s possible to explore our beautiful country with a clean conscience by making an effort to use greener transport options, eating local food, using environmentally certified tour operators and visiting sustainable destinations. Several places in Norway have been designated Sustainable Destinations, such as the historic mining town of Røros which is also recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Polar city of Tromsø, the stunning Geirangerfjord and the unique and remote Longyearbyen and Svalbard

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How can I travel sustainably in Norway?

Eco-conscious travellers will likely be impressed with Norway’s many options for sustainable travel. An increasingly green country, Norway is focused on making it possible for visitors to our shores to travel with as little impact on nature as possible. To that end, there are plenty of greener travel options that will also give you a fantastic experience, such as our many scenic railway journeys. In fact, the breathtaking Flåm Railway is considered the most beautiful train journey in the world and is truly an experience on its own! 

We all know that culinary experiences are a big part of experiencing a country, and you’re likely excited to try some Norwegian food during your stay in Norway. Fortunately, you can sample local delicacies and popular dishes guilt-free as Norway is focused on sustainable eating trends

By taking part in a sustainable tour during your trip to Norway, you’ll be contributing to preserving the country’s stunning natural areas while taking in all the great sights and attractions you’re dreaming of seeing in person. Fjord Tours is a certified sustainable tour operator with plenty of experience with helping travellers to explore our country in a sustainable way, and there are a range of eco-friendly tours you can choose from. Enjoy your holiday in the knowledge that you’ve done your part to protect Norway’s natural beauty and environment!

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