Photo: Polar beers and cubs at Svalbard. Svalbard is one of Norway’s certified Sustainable Destinations (Hurtigruten Svalbard)

The more you travel, the more you appreciate the beauty of our natural world. Paradoxically, travel can often be detrimental to the very natural wonders we go to see.

Your environmental conscience may be piqued by the impact of undertaking long-distance travel in order to visit Norway. However, you shouldn’t give up on the journey altogether - going home with a deeper understanding of the places you have visited has immense value on a personal and global level, and is something that can only be acquired through real life experiences. Instead of forsaking travel, you can mitigate the impacts by making sustainable choices once on the ground, and seeking out new perspectives and a genuine connection with local culture.

Here at Up Norway, we believe you can satisfy your wanderlust without sacrificing your desire to protect the planet. We are a travel company for the modern traveler and at the heart of what we do is our philosophy of sustainable travel. Our goal is to make it easy for international travelers to find the perfect experience in Norway. To us, that’s an experience that leaves travellers, locals, and the earth happy.

 Photo: Travellers Silje & Inge enjoying the landly surroundings at ecological farm Grøndalen Gård after having participated in milking (Happylanding)

Photo: Travellers Silje & Inge enjoying the landly surroundings at ecological farm Grøndalen Gård after having participated in milking (Happylanding)

Why sustainable travel?

Sustainable travel delivers all of the rich experiences of traditional tourism, but in ways that preserve cultural and natural environments. By minimising the negative impacts of tourism and ensuring that people and places thrive instead, sustainable travel enables us to protect the earth for future generations to enjoy as they discover travel in their turn.

In a country with as bountiful natural beauty as Norway, it only makes sense that we want to do our best to protect the environment. Life here is flavoured by fish drawn from the depths of the North Sea, shaped by soaring mountains and verdant fjords, and illuminated by the midnight sun. The effects of climate change are already making themselves clearly known in these wild environs, and any traveller with a passion for this outdoor world will feel compelled to confront and minimise the impacts of our actions.

Choosing sustainable travel is one way you can make a difference.

 Photo: Stay at the Historic Hotel Svinøya Rorbuer in Lofoten, and go snorkeling with orcas in Tysfjord ( Solvin Zankl  / De Historiske). 

Photo: Stay at the Historic Hotel Svinøya Rorbuer in Lofoten, and go snorkeling with orcas in Tysfjord (Solvin Zankl / De Historiske). 

How Up Norway supports sustainable travel

Our team is committed to a sustainable way of travel that benefits local communities, economies, environments, and travellers themselves. 

We look out for the environment by encouraging people to travel slower, taking the time to embrace a destination. Our priority is on quality over quantity and we firmly believe that spending longer in one place is more enriching than dashing about to a dozen destinations. Spending more time in fewer places helps to reduce your carbon footprint by minimising the amount of transport you use. Travelling by land rather than air can also lower your impact. Plus, you’ll get to see more of the landscape, and in a country as stunning as Norway that is never a bad thing.

 

Norwegian Scenic Routes and Architecture Firm biotope both use architecture not just for functionality, but to attract travellers to remote areas of Norway, and to get closer to nature and wildlife. The pictures below are from Varanger, in Northern Norway. 

We work with partners who are equally committed to maintaining sustainable travel practices, while delivering the best services. Our focus is on environmentally-friendly services that protect and support local wildlife and cultural heritage. Travelling with Up Norway means getting to know the people in the colourful villages you visit, exploring impressive hiking trails alongside local guides, and dining on the freshest local produce. In short, we connect you with ethical, eco experiences from businesses you’ll love to support.

Finally, we invest in the local economies and communities. We want to let travellers experience all parts of Norway, from remote cabins tucked away in fjords to local breweries where you will be treated like a family member, and views from mountains that don’t have their own hashtag on Instagram yet. We want to connect travellers with locals to create a genuine understanding of the history, traditions, and culture of the country, while keeping the value created from tourism in the country.

 Photo: Kayaking on the Nærøyfjord - maybe the most beautiful and dramatic of Sognefjord branches, and on UNESCO's World Heritage List (Gjertrud Coutinho).

Photo: Kayaking on the Nærøyfjord - maybe the most beautiful and dramatic of Sognefjord branches, and on UNESCO's World Heritage List (Gjertrud Coutinho).

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Reach out to us to find out more about how we can help you customise a sustainable journey around Norway, or check out our latest sustainable travel recommendation - a train journey to the Midnight Sun:

 

The Up Norway Team
travel@upnorway.com