Eco-Tourism Top Destinationas in Norway

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Eco-Tourism Top Destinationas in Norway

Norway – Ultimate destination of ecotourism

Ecotourism tourism

To follow eco-tourism one has to minimize impact, build environmental and cultural awareness and respect, provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts, provide direct financial benefits for conservation, provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people, and raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.

Hardangerfjord norway

Norway is the land of ecotourism

Norway is a fantastic destination for eco-friendly travelers this very reason. Its gorgeous landscapes and environmentally focused vacation make it a first choice to follow eco-tourism. Following are some of the Norwaegian destinations which are famous for ecotourism.


No Norwegian destination list could be complete without reference to the country’s iconic fjords. Although it is a world-famous tourist destination, Norway has gotten honors from National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations because of its conservation efforts and rural land preservation. The Hardanger fjord, just south of the large international town of – Bergen, is the third-largest in the world and second-largest in Norway. There are lots of ways to explore its a lot more than 100 miles, including guided tours and kayaking. A ship ride through the fjord will require you along a landscape speckled with colorful houses, through snow-capped mountains and past glaciers and waterfalls. Springtime along the fjord also boasts beautiful blooming fruit trees. Other nearby cultural experiences include the Hardanger Folk Museum, featuring local culture; the Hardangervidda Nature Center, which concentrates on human-environment interaction, and the Hardanger Fartoyvernsenter, a traditional boat museum. Make sure to try some local fish while you’re there too-Bergen is one of the top four fishing regions in the world.

Dog Sleddingin Finnmark

For any unique Arctic experience, Norway offers dog sledding excursions. At the Northern tip of Norway near the Russian border lies the home of 50 eager Alaskan Huskies. Kirkenes, considered the portal to the east, is a small mining town of – around 3,000 inhabitants. Based on host David Spinx, “the dogs never appear to wanna stop running.” As they prepare the sleds for the trip, visitors become familiar with the friendly, excited dogs. For lunch, sledders are fed hot meals produced from local ingredients and eat around a bonfire with the company of the dogs and locals. Overnight trips provide visitors by having an even more authentic experience You’ll get to feed the dogs, help ready them for sledding, setup camp and often the fire. Guests lodge in traditional Sámi (the indigenous people of the arctic) huts, experience plenty of storytelling and eat delicious local food.


Saltstraumen, located just outside Bodo in northern Norway, is the most effective maelstrom in the world. With tidal current speeds that may reach 25 mph, the troubled waters are a good place to fish. Every six hours, over 14,000 cubic feet water rush through the narrow waterway, producing remarkable whirlpools that may reach over 30 feet in diameter. Bundle up and view the incredible force of nature either from the piney shore or by boat. Guided boat trips and deep-sea fishing voyages can be found, as well as boat and equipment rentals. The surrounding wilderness is another perfect hiking location, with beautiful arctic scenery and wilderness, and the recent discovery of the archaeological remains of the 10,000-year-old hunter settlement.

Jæren Beaches

Beaches are most likely not the very first thing that comes to mind whenever you think of Norway, Stavanger’s Jæren beaches  are a perfect eco-friendly destination. The entire seven-mile length of scenic beaches is a conservation area dedicated to wildlife and native plant conservation. Explore the coastal culture via biking, walking, or horse riding along the beach and view the nature reserves featuring local flora and fauna. The beach also provides many outdoor activities, including surfing, canoeing and kite-flying. Don’t forget a sweater, as it can certainly get very windy!

Jotunheimen mountains

  • Jotunheimen, meaning “The Home of the Giants,” is a breathtaking length of mountains lying in the heart of Norway. Take in the cold mountain air of one of the world’s greenest countries while hiking alongside abundant wildlife and dramatic landscapes. With more than 2,000 miles of marked trails, rich cultural attractions and majestic scenery, the area is well-liked by hikers and climbers. I
  • ntend to visit the Norwegian Mountain Museum that provides a unique perspective exploring the interaction between humans and mountains.
  • Another attraction worth visiting is Haukdalen, a picturesque traditional smallholding in Lom with beautiful gardens and art exhibits.
  • Also in Lom is the open-air museum Bygdamuseum that allows visitors to experience the lifetime of traditional Norsemen.
  • A short distance away is a beautiful twelfth century stave church still in use today, and is available to visitors.

Other attractions include herb gardens, waterfalls, glacier walks, boating and cultural museums. Turn it into a multi-day trip and bring a tent, as camping is allowed just about everywhere in Jotunheimen.

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