Norway self drive holiday
Description of Norway self drive holiday
This self-drive holiday combines some of Norway's unique cities, from the mountainous Bergen, through the Art Nouveau Alesund and finishing in Trondheim, deservedly renowned for its cuisine.
Norway is rightly famous for its beautiful natural environment and in particular the coastline which weaves up and down seemingly endless fjords. Experience the famous Atlantic Road which is one of the most spectacular roads in the country, if not the world, hugging the coastline and using bridges to cross a succession of small islands.
Having your own car gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace, stopping at small fishing villages, walking along remote coastal paths and giving you the opportunity to visit tow UNESCO listed fjords - Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord.
PlanetNorway is home to a variety of mammals and since the 20th century efforts have been made to re-introduce and protect many species such as the Artic fox and musk oxen. Polar bear populations in the north of the country have largely remained stable since hunting them was banned in 1973. Several national and international wildlife conservation organisations are active in Norway, seeking to protect existing populations and encouraging breeding programmes for animals such as the Eurasian lynx, Europe's only big cat.
There is strong support for sorting waste domestically and tourists are encouraged to do the same. Since a deposit scheme for glass bottles and cans was introduced in the country nearly 96% of these are returned for recycling. in the early 21st century the government introduced a manifesto entitled "Sustainable Norway" aimed at the tourist industry to raise awareness of the issue and put sustainability front and centre of new and existing tourisme developments.
Norway is a friendly and welcoming country and accommodation used on the itinerary is provided by the Thon group who are a Norwegian company with a strong social responsibility ethos. Each hotels encourages recycling and by doing so guests can earn points to contribute a lottery whose funds support the Norwegian Red Cross. Enironmentally responsible recycling is encouraged throughout to reduce waste and save energy, whilst the food served comes from sustainable sources.
PeopleRecruitment in the hotels we stay in looks to promote opportunities for disadvantaged, local staff.
Along route several museums are recommended to visit which promote and celebrate the country's national and local history and cultures, to help visitors getting a better understanding of the places that they are visiting and the people that live there. Many excursions can be arranged such as guided walks or boat trips which use local guides who can impart their own personal knowledge to travellers, reflecting both historic and modern life in these areas.
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