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Glöggt er gests augað (Visitors see what we don’t)

The SHAPE learning journeys have not only been valuable for the visitors. As important have been the feedback given to the local hosts on their tourism developments. In the regional park of Snæfellsnes in Iceland the visitors got a broad introduction to the various tourism ventures leading to engaged discussions about what works – and what does not work

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A Finnish Nature Tourism Learning Journey

They say that the best things in life are free and a recent nature tourism learning journey to Finland certainly illustrated this point. Combining elements of earth, air, fire and water, the journey took hold of the senses and combined the beauty of our natural world with activities to suit an emerging tourism market. Participants would have been hard pressed to not depart exhilarated and inspired.

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Night Photography in North Karelia Biosphere Reserve

In the lights of our headlamps, we follow the snowy tracks taking us to the shores of Lake Suomujärvi at Patvinsuo National Park. It is a late winter evening, dark has just fallen and we can already observe the stars of the Big Dipper. Some of the friends have their camera with a stand, some with binoculars, some without anything, just the senses open.

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Quality test of the Nordhordland Wool Route

Nordhordland Biosphere Area have used the SHAPE project to develop a Visitor Heritage Route showcasing traditional and modern use of wool as raw material. Welcoming Shape partners from abroad, the learning journey to Nordhordland became somewhat of a test run for the new tourist attraction.

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Self-reflection and useful feedback

The SHAPE project has revealed the value of transnational cooperation on developing sustainable heritage areas. The Learning Journeys have provided valuable input not only on sustainable tourism, but on regional development as such.

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Join SHAPE at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2019!

The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 60 countries interested in the future of the Arctic: heads of states and governments, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic.

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Experiencing “slow triathlon” in North Karelia Biosphere Reserve, Finland

Can you imagine a “slow” triathlon with the goal of enjoying nature and culture, stress free and with no time pressure? In little more than a week, North Karelia Biosphere Reserve will be hosting learning journey participants in North Karelia Biosphere Reserve. During the learning journey, the guests will experience the Koitajoki Nature Triathlon that has been developed under SHAPE NPA project. It combines the best parts of enjoying and getting acquainted with pristine nature and stress-free physical…

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