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Visitor management in Nordic national parks

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Visitor management is a key tool in improving the recreational carrying capacity of the Nordic national parks, in light of the challenges presented by growing visitor numbers and new types of visitor behaviour. A more strategic and collaborative approach to visitor management can help protect and develop national parks and their local communities in both an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way. This publication offers Nordic national park managers and national park authorities inspiration on how to improve their visitor management. It contains a collection of examples of what other national parks, within as well as outside of the Nordic countries, have done to improve their visitor management and suggests overall recommendations on how to create better visitor management within a Nordic framework. The publication is the result of a project supported by The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Terrestrial Ecosystem Group (TEG) and carried out in a partnership consisting of Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, Jotunheimen National Park in Norway and The Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark, with BARK Rådgivning as project manager.

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Trends and challenges

Nature-based tourism is growing fast, also in the Nordic countries, increasingly turning popular sites in Nordic national parks into global mass-tourism destinations and creating problems like over-crowding, pressure on nature and conflicts in the local community. Action is needed to preserve the value and attraction of these unique destinations, as more and new types of visitors will continue to come.

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