26 Oct 2017
Slow travel in norway

Norway is made for slow travelling. The long, but tiny country, named after its position on the worldmap, namely the “The way to the North”, is the perfect holiday destination when you want the holiday to be the journey itself. Go with the flow of the majestic nature, and tune in on local activities.


Maybe it is because of the long and dark winter, but norwegians seems to love summer festivals. Starting off from June until September, you will find local initiatives that end up with the title of festival all over the coutnry. Mainly intended for the enjoyment of Norwegians and the local population, these festivals are open as well for tourists from all over the world.

Take the Moonfestival in Fredrikstad for example. Only a 1 hour drive from Oslo, this colorful festival transforms the fortresstown of  “Gamlebyen” into a organic scenery and combines it with great stage performances. International names like Patti Smith and Susanne Vega, as well as the best Norwegians band, have happily entered the stage at Månefestivalen.

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Travelling up north? Check out the proud Riddu Riđđu festival with its Sami roots, only 2 hours from Tromsø. Started up in 1991 by a  group of youngsters while barbequeing and discussing their identity and Sami Culture. Their wish for celebrating their culture resulted in The Riddu Riđđu Festival. Today its recognized as one of the 12 main festivals in the country by the Norwegian government. Bring your tent or tepee, a lot of enthusiasm and your best partmood and get updated about the indigenous Sami culture while listening to the very best artists from the most Northern Parts of Norway. All this while you marvel at the midnight sun.

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Most tourists are attracted to Norway as their holiday destination because of the spetacular nature. The most Norwegian way to explore the nature, is to do as norwegians have done for decades: «å gå på tur» (to hike). This way of slow travelling will provide you with the best of what Norway has to offer.  The area around the Oslofjord has a marked trails called «Kyststi» (Coastpath) to easily navigate in the area around the Oslofjord. The «Kyststi» is mainly used by locals taking their everyday stroll along the fjord and its a great way to meet the locals. Remember to say hi to everybody you pass, thats a Norwegian thing, compulsary when you are out «på tur».

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The Norwegian Trekking Assocociation (DNT) has more than 500 cabins available for their members and is Norways biggest outdoor life organization. Yearly they maintain 20,000 km of trail tracks all over the country. For more inspiration on how to experience our country on foot, see:

Visit the countryside

Imagine waking up to a rooster's call in a traditional storehouse on pillars and then join the local family for a breakfast out in the sun at their farm. More and more initiatives are taking place at the norwegian countryside to preserve the old traditions. Locals come together and support each other to make the area become attractive for visitors. In these communities you can find everything from organic herbal production to courses in traditional food recepies, as well as artists who invite you into their gallery. A very sucessfull story when it comes to the concept of experiencing the countryside is «Den gylne Omvei» or «The Golden Route, Inderøy» outside the city of Trondheim. It is the perfect way to travel while getting to know the people in the area and supporting local initiatives. The nature is beautiful and you can travel at you own pace.

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Ethical Travel Portal's experts are welcoming you to Norway and we will do our best to provide you with the basics and best tips of how to travel slow in Norway.



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