Internal Sustainability Policy

Led by our five sustainability guiding principles, this is how we work internally to ensure sustainability is non-negotiable and part of our daily work.

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General Principles

  1. To integrate the five Leading Principles in our Sustainability Policy into all our business decisions; Sustainable Choices Considered, Impact Minimized, Quality Assured, Health & Safety First and Culture.
  2. To comply with, and exceed where practicable, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice in Norway and our field of business.
  3. To ensure that all team members are fully aware of our general internal principles and our external Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and continually improving it
  4. To review, annually report, and to continually strive to improve our sustainability performance.

Travel

  • Sustainable Travel Options for Guests: Highlight and propose sustainable travel options for our guests where possible
  • Reduced Team Travel: Avoid physically travelling when digital meetings are possible and practical. Plan both timing and agendas of meetings to avoid multiple trips.
  • Reduce the need for our team members to travel by supporting alternative working arrangements, including home & cabin working, as well as providing a centrally located office space which encourages walking, cycling and use of public transportation to and from work.
  • Use an emissions recording form for Up Norway’s business travel to monitor our impact

Facilitate carbon emission offsets through our partners Trefadder.no and Chooose

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The Up Norway Team at Halne Fjellstue

Waste policy

We have chosen a professionally managed office space where the following is facilitated for us, while we can focus on creating best-ever experiences:

  • Reduce the energy consumption of office equipment by purchasing energy-efficient equipment and good housekeeping.
  • Green energy from water power is used in the office space
  • Arrange for the reuse or recycling of office waste, including paper, computer supplies and redundant equipment. All waste at the office is recycled (paper, plastic, general waste and organic waste)
  • Reuse furniture when relocating to new office spaces
  • Purchase fair-trade and/or organic beverages and lunch meals Ensure a vegetarian/vegan alternative at lunch
  • We rarely print or work with paper, but when we do we minimize use of paper and other office consumables, for example by having the print standards set to default on double-sided print, and limiting access to printing to one employee to avoid unnecessary printing. Paper is FSC labelled.
  • Equip employees with reusable Norway-produced durable water bottles/coffee thermos to reduce single-use cups and plastic bottles
  • We have an agreement with Amundsen Sports and several of our partners for our guests to receive a discount on sustainable clothing or rent clothing
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Torunn on a Svalbard Expedition with MS Villa

Communication

  • We make our guests aware of our sustainability practices through our Impact Page and we communicate responsible considerations in our travel planning to our guests
  • In our digital proposals & itineraries, we inform guests about the social and cultural importance of local food, drink, indigenous peoples’ rights and history, respecting the natural environment and historic landmarks

Employee Rights

  • Employee contracts include information regarding overtime
  • Up Norway team members have travel insurance as part of their remuneration, and accident insurance is compulsory for all companies in Norway.
  • The company offsets a monthly percentage of each team member’s salary for pension savings
  • The employee and the company have a mutual notice of resignation. Employees have the right to paid leave of absence regulated by the Norwegian Government


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Purchasing Policy

As a company, we rarely buy physical goods. When we do, we always focus on buying high quality products for durable use and reuse within the organization.


Monitoring & Motivation

Up Norway has a dedicated team member in charge of sustainability, responsible for monitoring our work through the sustainability certification processes at Travelife and B Corp. This entails a yearly review of our practices to ensure we are meeting the high standards set by the Travelife and B Corp certification schemes.


Employee Health Creation Scheme: Through an employee program, Up Norway team members receive points for sound principles such as 8 hours of sleep, regular exercise and use of public transportation, walk or cycle to and from work and work-related events. Monthly, the highest scorer is awarded quarterly.

Travelling with Up Norway

What benefits do I get as an Up Norway traveller?

Our local expertise, sustainable approach, digital itineraries and passion for Norway provide a journey like no other. By delivering a new era of experiences we provide travellers with a desired escape from everyday life.

We have built a system for understanding what each of our travellers wants. We use technology to enhance our personalised service, not to replace it. We save you from frustrating internet searches and travel logistics.

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Women in sauna at 292 Aurland

Immerse yourself in the Grandeur of the Northern Lights

To spark your inspiration, these itineraries describe journeys where the northern lights are often part of the highlights.

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Northern lights at Bonfire Night

Magical Northern Lights up at 70 Degrees North

Season

December - March

Duration

5 days

Chapel in Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge

A Frozen Fairytale - Explore Northern Norway in Anna and Elsa’s footsteps

Season

December - March

Duration

7 days