Up Norway’s newest sustainable offering along the historic Discovery Route combines personal wellness with the wellbeing of the entire ecosystem.
A leading example of regenerative travel, the World’s Most Sustainable Journey was developed by Up Norway in conjunction with sustainability professional Ina Vikøren and local sustainability agents in western Norway.
The 12-night excursion for conscious travelers offers unique experiences along Norway’s western coastline from Bergen to Stavanger, a route originally established in the 1880s when travelers came by horse and carriage to experience the breathtaking landscape of glaciers, mountains, roaring waterfalls, crystal clear rivers, and pristine fjords.
Sustainability is forefront throughout the new offering with a positive environmental, social and economic impact considered fundamental to all inclusions. Accommodations throughout the journey are in well-appointed cabins, eco-certified properties, an Arctic domed tent, and historic family-run hotels. The hotels support many small businesses in the community and create year-round job security for staff.
Culinary choices are also sustainable with food from the local sea, fjord, forest, and mountain, including a dinner at chef Sven Erik Renaa’s Michelin two-starred Re-naa. Another highlight of the trip – which is conducted with a Telsa Model 3, is a visit to a Norwegian climate forest to learn more about the importance of carbon capture, while other activities include a chance to rappel 330ft down the Skjervsfossen waterfall; a chance to sample Sider frå Hardanger, a local cider with European Union PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status; and to hike ‘via ferrata’ – an iron ladder firmly embedded in the mountain rock at Trolltunga.
Guests will also visit the Norwegian Museum of Hydro Power; cruise beneath the 2,000ft Langfossen falls; take a tractor safari in Eikemo, an isolated community with only four residents and no mobile phone coverage; snorkel with salmon in the crystal-clear Suldalslågen river; visit Trefadder Forest and the floating sauna on Lake Refsvatnet; and enjoy a virtual reality voyage onboard a Viking ship.
As one of the leading experts in sustainable luxury travel, Up Norway believes that being socially and environmentally responsible is a non-negotiable principle. In conjunction with its Sustainability Advisory Board of global sustainability experts, Up Norway creates meaningful experiences for travelers that have a net positive impact on society and nature.
The new itinerary is available April – September and can be tailored to suit the special interests and time frame of the individual travelers
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