Responsible tourism: Norway hiking and canoeing vacation
The Viking Trail runs through miles of untouched landscapes. Our aim is to keep the landscapes beautiful. This trip is not only about enjoying the activities that are offered but also understanding how to live and thrive in nature. This puts the environment at the heart of the trip under the leadership of our expedition guides who have decades of experience in leading people of all ages. Walking and canoeing are both low impact activities as well as camping along the way. Guests are responsible for bringing their own supplies of food and are responsible for ensuring that they leave no trace by bringing waste away from the trail at the end of the trip. Tents and shelters are erected in places which do not cause disturbance to wildlife or people. Our guides will ensure that the right spots are chosen before allowing the group to put tents up. Fires will be lit and managed responsibly in accordance with guidelines set by the Norwegian Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957. Walkers will respect bylaws for the use of recreational areas and areas where Nature is protected to avoid disturbance of wildlife and plantlife. All participants in this trip will be fully briefed before departure about all aspects of protecting this beautiful wilderness area. The Outdoor Centre in Evjemoen where this trip is based has a strong policy of protecting the outdoors and has passed this teaching on to hundreds of young people, soldiers and guests who have stayed with them.
The basecamp for this trip at Evjemoen, is an ex Norwegian military facility vacated by the Norwegian army in 2002. Evjemoen is now a thriving business community and the main centre building was used as the officers mess accommodation for many years. The building does not neglect its past and tells the story of the Norwegian resistance during the German occupation. Its social purpose continues, albeit in a different vain for this small Norwegian community. Local guides are from the surrounding area and the business is making huge efforts to support its local community in Evjemoen by using local produce for meals and offering employment opportunities. This trip is part of an effort to increase summer bookings to create a year round demand for tourism and therefore more sustainable employment opportunities. We think this trip will be hugely popular and offer a deep insight into the nature and culture of southern Norway.