• Car and trolley, a perfectly ok combination also considered through green glasses, but everyone is obliged to emit as little as possible and think about the environment.
    Car and trolley, a perfectly ok combination also considered through green glasses, but everyone is obliged to emit as little as possible and think about the environment.
  • Those who became curious about Hardangervidda's diversity and development can appreciate the useful knowledge about both reindeer and vulnerable environment at the Norwegian Nature Center in Eidfjord
    Those who became curious about Hardangervidda's diversity and development can appreciate the useful knowledge about both reindeer and vulnerable environment at the Norwegian Nature Center in Eidfjord
  • The Nærøydalen valley, which ends in the Nærøyfjord, is powerful stuff that inspired JC Dahl to the famous painting "Fra Stalheim". Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    The Nærøydalen valley, which ends in the Nærøyfjord, is powerful stuff that inspired JC Dahl to the famous painting "Fra Stalheim". Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Resilient architecture and magnificent scenery can unite, as here at Utsikten picnic area on Gaularfjellet.
    Resilient architecture and magnificent scenery can unite, as here at Utsikten picnic area on Gaularfjellet.
  • Local operators are taking advantage of what nature has created as they take people on safaris in fast craft under steep mountains along the western Norwegian fjords.
    Local operators are taking advantage of what nature has created as they take people on safaris in fast craft under steep mountains along the western Norwegian fjords.
  • Cruises that are the worst on emissions meet the best in the class, the camping people on the quays in Flåm, one of Norway's most popular destinations.
    Cruises that are the worst on emissions meet the best in the class, the camping people on the quays in Flåm, one of Norway's most popular destinations.
  • Easily arranged and close to the real in our beautiful and harsh nature at the picnic area on the matchless high mountain plateau Hardangervidda.
    Easily arranged and close to the real in our beautiful and harsh nature at the picnic area on the matchless high mountain plateau Hardangervidda.
  • The ideal tourist travels soberly in a tent seeking shade where it is found on sunny days
    The ideal tourist travels soberly in a tent seeking shade where it is found on sunny days
  • Venice is suffocated by mass tourism, but people are pouring in from all over the world for a ride with a gondola in line on the canals.
    Venice is suffocated by mass tourism, but people are pouring in from all over the world for a ride with a gondola in line on the canals.
  • Local specialties that also generate income in the local community are important to the good experience, and no one leaves home from Spreewald without a glass of cucumbers in the luggage
    Local specialties that also generate income in the local community are important to the good experience, and no one leaves home from Spreewald without a glass of cucumbers in the luggage
  • A beautiful motif on the water's edge one summer evening in Rendsburg, but this holiday form is not among the greenest
    A beautiful motif on the water's edge one summer evening in Rendsburg, but this holiday form is not among the greenest
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Text and photo: Magne Reigstad
Caravan and Caravan magazine, No. 2 April 2019

Camping life provides: The green and sustainable tourist

The spirit of the times says that the camping people should also live out their holiday dreams as an environmentally conscious and sustainable tourist and contribute to the green shift. The survey in Motorhome and Caravan Magazine No. 6 for 2018 shows that we are on track for the new era.

Tourism is a global giant industry that will continue to grow over the next decade, according to forecasters and trend researchers. In Europe, which is the campers' natural playground, traffic will grow the most. In Norway our closest holiday country, camping was the holiday form that increased most in 2017. It is good to know that Eastland Research's analyzes say that this magazine's readers can holiday with a relatively green conscience in Lofoten, in Bavaria or in southern Norway. The camping movement is important players in the contemporary drama The Green Change for the better for ourselves and the globe.

Green switch

The green shift is closely linked to sustainable tourism. The content of the concept is simple and precise. UNWTO - The UN tourism organization has made 10 bids that briefly embrace landscapes, cultural treasures and people. The local community should benefit from tourism, not be left behind and drowned in an unstoppable stream of selfie cutters that noise and pollute ashore, water and air. And even the greenest tourists, those who vacation in electric cars and tents, are obliged to act as guests in a tourist destination.

Cows and sweaty backs

Sustainable tourism is just as important for us individual tourists as it is for nations and attractions, neighborhoods and cities. We must always reconcile cows whether we are going to Legoland or a museum that lures with the great masters. But one can feel fooled when the queues have no end and the only thing we get with the jewel in the crown is sour sweat from the backs, whether it is in Venice or at Bryggen in Bergen.

growth Industry

The nomads - those in motorhomes and those with the house in tow, can easily choose away from overloaded destinations, but then it is often the case that places that attract a lot of people are worth visiting. Stave churches and spectacular valleys are now once where clergy and creation placed them, without thinking of parking. Our road authorities should be commended for resilient architecture and facilitation along the national tourist roads. The initiative is in harmony with overall political decisions that say tourism should be a growth industry in Norway, and the industry is already providing a way of life for 165.000 souls. But if tourism is to be an industry we enjoy also after the oil, it requires interaction between local and state institutions and not least the active and constructive involvement of the users. Then Norwegian Motorhome and Caravan Club are a fine tool.

Use consumer power

The campers - ie the greenest among tourists, spend all their holiday money locally, in rural shops, in campsites and tourist attractions. Our personal consumption is important elements of what is called sustainable tourism and viable rural communities. We should be sought after guests. But then we are also allowed to present our wishes to local and national planners responsible for tourism. Our consumer power exists to be used individually and through the association. Facilitate us fluttering with emptying stations and even more wall pockets where we can drive in and let others pass by. Ample large rest areas are an equally important requirement. A tired driver with a caravan in tow needs a place to break and shake off just as much as a trailer driver with statutory rest time.

On the go

It provokes fierce horror when we know that in 2017, 1,32 billions of international arrivals were recorded worldwide. There are an incredible 83 millions more people on the go than the year before. The gruel is reinforced when we know that a great many people arrived per day. fly. Thus, cars with a trailer and trailers are not the worst, but it does not exempt the congregation from thinking green and acting sustainably.

Clouds of wealth

The conscious tourist asks for source sorting at a campsite and whether there is limited hot water in the showers. It is free to turn the taillights to places that do not meet the expected 2019 standard. The countless small items count in the large environmental accounts, and the right-foot treatment of the accelerator has a decisive influence on fuel consumption.

The veterans of the club's European riders remember that across the highways in the Ruhr district and other major industrial areas, yellow and gray clouds incur, stemming from heavy industry pollution, a picture of growth and growing prosperity. Since then, ancient Europe has made sense, putting knowledge and technology to work for the benefit of a green shift. But in good times, more people have been afforded the opportunity to travel on long holiday trips. The sailing cruise battles are rampant in new ports worldwide, air traffic is increasing and sales of motorhomes are following curves as steep as Stalheimskleiva.

environment Vacation

It is nevertheless nice to know that you have chosen an environmentally friendly holiday form, but yet for a few years the campers will have to deal with the media's horror stories about the terrible motorhome tourists. The myths tell us that we nomads make queues on the roads and constipation on the tourist attractions, waste the nature and empty the toilets anywhere. Our foreign spirit brothers and sisters bring all the food from home and spend little money in Norway, still according to popular myths.

Curious tourists

Curiosity on the unknown at home and abroad is the very primacy of the nomads among the campers. Lured by both TripAdvisor and travel reports, we scout our excursions for the best eateries with the hottest local food, served with the most beautiful views to the most unforgettable sunset. The biggest advantage of the campsite is to be able to choose your own roads, to alternate between vibrant metropolises, and places where there is nothing else but what you yourself can find.

multiplicity

Tourism is positive because the industry creates a diversity of jobs, and therefore it is constantly working nationally and internationally to attract guests to large cities and the most remote outskirts. Successful marketing of killer whales in the midnight sun, beautiful and wild fjord landscapes with and without UNESCO status and spectacular mountain formations can create noisy cows that never end.

balance point

Local community entrepreneurs often muster maximum creativity in order to keep life in the village so that both the grande school and the convenience store survive. The challenge for the host people is to find the balance point between growing wild into a tourist trap and living okay like the real French, Norwegian or Italian. Constructive feedback from members of Norway's largest camping organization will be useful for those who want to improve the existing and develop new.