Environmental Policy

Friluftsloven ( Outdoor Recreation Act)

This is a Norwegian law that gives right to free public access to the Norwegian wilderness. This includes hiking in mountains and forest areas, cycling on roads and trails and skiing in the winter. The main objectives of this law is to secure that nature remains a vital part of our outdoor recreational activities in order to promote the practice of health bringing, and environmental friendly activities, and improve the well-being of people.

The law aims to protect the environmentally friendly and traditional recreational outdoor activities where extra caution and measure should be taken to protect the biological diversity and to maintain an ecologically sustainable society. Moreover, heritage of cultural importance and local cultures are included in the continuing development of the sustainable society.

The fundamental pillars of this law are built on respect for the nature we surround ourselves with, land owners and fellow “users”. This is translated into concrete measures and guidelines: all activities should be performed with the uttermost care and no traces of human activity from private persons should be left behind in nature. Trespassing on private property is inhibited by law.

How to conduct oneself when hiking and/or cycling in Jotunheimen National Park

  • No traces of human activity from private persons should be left behind in nature (examples can be but is not limited to creating a permanent camp, fire pit, cutting trees, or marking our hiking paths)
  • No harm should be done to the physical nature
  • Interactions with wild animals should be avoided. But appreciation from a distance without distressing the animals is allowed.
  • Treat fellow users with respect and care ( say hello, and smile)
  • Always stay on the groomed trails (unless a guide or accommodation staff has informed you otherwise). The trails have been prepared with care to meet the demand of travellers.
  • The ongoing work on restoring and maintaining trails, roads, bridges, car parks, toilet facilities and other facilities “used” by travellers is costly and available for everyone. All facilities should be used with care and consideration.

We advise our guests to read the list and take proactive precaution and measures to meet the guidelines.

Waste Management

Travellers are expected to leave no waste behind, and all rubbish should be placed in appropriate containers at the hotels or cabins. In Norway recycling and proper waste management is increasingly becoming a priority and a natural part of hotel and household routines.

At hotels and DNT-cabins there are waste management facilities for guest to efficiently dispose of waste material. Through more awareness and stricter procedures cabins and hotels should put in place ways to facilitate efficient, environmentally friendly and appropriate waste disposal; food, paper, plastic, glass and metal should always be recycled.

Main recycling categories:

  • paper, cardboard
  • food waste
  • plastic
  • glass, cans
  • electric devices
  • batteries

In order to reduce waste from travellers and the impact on the surroundings, guests are encouraged to take efficient, low-output and environmentally friendly waste management measures into consideration when they plan their trip. Here are some tips:

  • Bring a water bottle (don’t buy bottled water)
  • Bring a lunch box to pack your lunch in
  • Bring reusable utensils

Toilet Facilities

It goes without saying that all the hotels and cabins have adequate toilet facilities. At some cabins the are indoor traditional composting toilets or “dry toilets”, and others have normal toilets.

Transportation

All tours and transportation should follow normal public/scheduled transportation. To avoid adding increased need for traffic and to make sure today’s capacity is well used.

We strive to have more than 90% of our transportation with public/scheduled routes. Transporting luggage and equipment also follows the same policy.

Supporting Local Communities

We strive to offer trips that enable our customers to engage with local people. This is also something that our customers enjoy because it gives them an opportunity to learn more about local customs and culture.