An internationally recognized set of 7 principles that help keep our environments healthy.
When spending a lot of time outside, its important to understand the environment in which youre traveling. Each destination, each eco-system, will have a different set of needs to keep that place healthy and happy. That is why here at Hvitserk we follow the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace (LNT).
LNT is an organization that strives to educate instructors, guides, and recreationalists on how to best interact with the environments we work and play in. These are not a set of rules, they are guidelines, to help each of us think in a responsible, sustainable way about our surroundings.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare. Where are you going? What type of environment is it? How can you travel responsibly there? These questions can be answered with a little research on where youre traveling, or questions posed to your guides.
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. Walking on trails already created minimizes the impact of hundreds of feet on the ecosystem. Its important not to cut off trail and create more harm to the soil than necessary. This guideline also encourages us to camp and walk on surfaces that are more durable than others when possible. Deciding between setting up your tent on Arctic tundra vs. flat rock? Go for the flat rock, this way the plant life you could have slept on will remain intact and healthy.
- Dispose of Waste Properly. This guideline helps us remember how to use the bathroom responsibly in different environments. Research the area youre exploring to see how management suggests you dispose of waste. It also reminds us not to leave trash, including toilet paper and fruit peels, on our outdoor pursuits. Animals will dig these things up or ingest them, it can impact their health and make them dependent on human food that puts them in harms way.
- Leave What You Find. Here we are encouraged to "take only picture, leave only footprints". In order for others to enjoy what you have seen, leave what you find beautiful so they can enjoy it too!
- Minimize Campfire Impact. Its important to stay in control of your fire ring. Always create a fire ring from stones so it is easier to control, and when youre finished, scatter the stones away so no one can tell you have been there when passing. This is important in remote, wilderness areas. If an area has established fire rings already, use those. Do not start a fire if there is a fire ban in the local area.
- Respect Wildlife. Respecting wild places and the creatures that live there is a huge ethic in outdoor life. Being quiet, staying a respectful distance away, and observing quietly is the best way to interact with wildlife. Please do not feed wild animals, this trains them to come towards humans, and can make them more aggressive. Its how people get injured, and animals get a bad reputation.
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors. Remembering most people seek nature to have a calm experience away from civilization. Remembering to be respectful of others around you creates a nice experience for everyone. Use trail etiquette. Use headphones instead of playing music outloud. Be kind and helpful to others. Remember, were all here because we love being outside!
All our trips have an environmental focus. Ranging from education from our guides, to how we set up the logistics of our trips. Flying a long way from home to reach our remote country, we have designed a few specific trips that embody our focus on sustainable travel within Norway, check them out using the links below:
We want to ensure the places we value remain intact and healthy for everyone! Follow LNT guidelines and we help contribute to safe, responsible travel.
© 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org