Hiking vacation in Norway, Dovrefjell National Park

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Hiking vacation in Norway, Dovrefjell National Park

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

By rambling, you are part of the nature in a way, and you wonít destroy much as long as you never leave your rubbish in the outdoors. Walking/rambling doesnít make any sort of pollution itself, and we want everyone to respect the vulnerable nature and leave it just as you wish to find it yourself!
The trips are self-guided. You are not supported by cars that makes noise and pollution to the area. Where transfer is needed, we use local bus companies and taxies.

The Norwegian Nature Diversity Act of 19 June 2009 has the purpose of protecting biological, geological and landscape diversity and ecological processes through conservation and sustainable use, and in such a way that the environment provides a basis for human activity, culture, health and well-being, now and in the future.

The act allows you to walk wherever you want, as long as nothing else is altered. This gives numerous possibilities for exciting excursions! Private ground and cultivated land, however, should not be walked on, andÖ
- Nature must not be damaged!
- Always bring back your litter, never throw rubbish outdoors.
- There might be stricter access to protected areas.
- Show respect for people and animals.
- Open fire is forbidden between the 15th of April until the 15th of September.
- In Norway, itís not permitted to smoke inside offices, in public places, bars/restaurants, or workplaces.

You stay at private hotels or family-owned guest house with a high focus on the environment. The food is normally made of local products / local cuisine, often produced organically. You will get to know local specialities of food, like reindeer, moose and trout.

Environmental policies are the same in all the places you will visit during this tour. The hotels mostly do recycling and energy saving.
The staff at the hotels may advise you to turn off the light when you leave the room. We request that suppliers limit the number of deliveries to the hotel, and the use of organic detergents if possible. The hotels advise their guests to re-use the towels.

Community

We operate with a low number of participants on each tour, in order to have a low impact on the communities we visit. We always ensure that our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

At the accommodation sites, youíll most likely meet the owner, working in the reception or at the kitchen. Most of the staff are locals. As a result of this, the money generated, will stay within the community, and provide local employment.

The tour follows the oldest known route over the Dovrefjell mountains along the Pilgrims Path between Oslo and Trondheim. The project to restore the Pilgrim Path was completed in 2010. Then more than 2,000 km of pilgrim route was marked and cleared. In addition, a number of new accommodations along the trail were established. Many volunteers and local actors were involved in the work of restoring the route across the mountain.
It is now important that the route is frequently used so that it gets well established in the terrain and maintain to be an interesting project for the locals to stay involved with.

Traffic along the route is also important in order to maintain the accommodation sites and other businesses that are established as a result of the Pilgrim Path.

The local economy benefits from our guests buying goods and services locally. We describe and recommend visits to local attractions and shops along the route, such as galleries, cafes and grocery stores.

The Muskox safari that is included in the program, is provided by locals.

Our office is located in the small city of Lillehammer. We are part of an old factory that co-locates 30 small businesses within cultural, creative and adventure industries. With our multitude of businesses, we work as an open meeting place that offers experiences and trade in a unique atmosphere. We sort all types of waste for recycling and are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment.
Itís not permitted to smoke inside the buildings and offices.

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