Last week, the Say HI to Sustainability team in Norway travelled over 2.000km to see some of the most beautiful landscapes the country has to offer.
We have started our adventure in Oslo, where our participants Emilia and Amarilis met Vidar Skangen and Tobias Johansen, who also took part on this great jorney.
Just outside Oslo, we have passed through the largest lake in Norway, Mjøsa. It starts in Eidsvoll and goes all the way to Lillehammer. The distance between these two is nothing less than 117km! At its largest width the lake reaches 15km, close to Hamar.
We passed by this stunning river all the way to Lillehammer, where we have stopped for a lunch break at one of our most sustainable hostels. Strategically located just beside the train station, this Vandrerhjem is a winner when it comes to partnerships with local business, engajament with local community and local sourcing for products and goods. Geir, the hostel owner, showed us the rooms and the common areas, very well appreciated by passengers and guests.
Also, the Lillehammer Hostel is one of our certified hostels in both Quality and Sustainability:
After lunch, we have continued our trip all the way until the village of Dombås, in the municipality of Dovre. The Dovre National Park is a famous turistic spot in Norway, scene of beautiful landscapes among some of the highest mountains in Norway, that can reach up to 2.000 meters as well as a great place to contemplate wild life, since it is the home for deers, reindeers and musk ox.
Our hostel at Dombås is also a Fjellskole, where kids can learn more about ecology and how they can contribute to protect natural wildlife.
We were lucky enough to spend the night at our Hi Hostel in Dombås and to see 2 male musk ox in their natural environment – please note that a safe distance is required: in this case, 200 meters separate us from these amazing animals!
Written by: Emilia Barreto and Amarilis Coelho