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Ten Sustainable HI Hostels in Norway


As a non-profit organization, Hostelling International Norway is commited to the environment and has its own strategy oriented to promote sustainability and green thinking among guests, staff and members. Through small gestures we can all contribute to preserve the nature and to make our world a better place to live. Our hostels are connected to and work together with their local communities. This is why we truly think there is no better place to promote sustainability than in a hostel. In this blog article we want to present you some examples of sustainable projects our hostels are working on. We believe you can get some inspiration and be aware of the responsibilities we all have as travelers. 


Voss: Eco Breakfast

Located in the city of Voss in Western Norway, Voss HI Hostel offers a variety of activities as well as a large ecological breakfast buffet.


Haraldsheim: Urban garden

Just a few minutes from Oslo city center, Haraldsheim HI Hostel offers to its guests a peaceful place to stay. But not only. Guests can pick their own vegetables from the Urban garden that volunteers of the hostel maintain during spring and summer.


Mandal: A renovated prison with second hand bought furniture

You will never forget the experience of spending one night in one of the old cells of a prison from the 19th century. Mandal HI Hostel also promotes the reuse of materials, using second hand bought furniture and decorations for the common areas.


Lillehammer: Promoting local products 

Lillehammer HI Hostel is the perfect example of responsibility and commitment with local producers and artists. Most of the food that they offer to their guests is based on local products (bakery, bread, vegetables…). But not only. Local craftsmen and artists have contributed to the decoration of the interior.


Mjølfjell: Producing their own electricity

Situated high in mountains, Mjølfjell HI Hostel was in the past the main power station for the people living in the area. Nowadays, this hostel keeps on producing its own electricity and they even offer its own outdoor (heated) pool!



Lista: Supporting local farms

Lista HI Hostel is located in the stunning south of Norway. The hostel is known for its great outdoor activities and also for the food they offer to guests and locals, buying food from nearby farms.


Gjøvik: An activity center for locals 

Opened in 1955, Gjøvik HI Hostel has become an important meeting place for locals in this city situated in the center of Norway. They organize one of the most famous festival for kids in Norway during the winter season: the Barnas Vinterfestival.



Flåm: Sheep and goats for grazing!

What a better way to get your grass cut that using the animals. That’s what Flåm HI Hostel has been doing for many years and it helps then to keep the surfaces maintained and keep the guests entertained by the animals.


Rauland: Folk tradition courses

During the whole year, Rauland HI Hostel conducts workshops for those who are interested in Norwegian traditions, such as knitting, wood carving and jewelry making. If you want to learn about Norwegian traditions, this is the place to be!


Bergen: Bee hive keeping

Located in the main city in West Norway, Bergen Montana HI Hostel has come up with the idea of creating their own bee hives. So far, they are keeping 3 of them, but the goal is expand the project to be able to offer their own honey to the guests.