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Postcard from the edge

Learning objectives

  • To investigate the nature of the tourist industry in the Arctic
  • To undertake an enquiry of the effects of tourism on the Arctic ecosystem and people
  • To understand ecotourism and sustainable tourism and the difference between them

Pole position

Discussion as to why difference Arctic countries want Santa to live with them

Wish you were here?

Types of holiday include:

  • Skidoo trips
  • Wilderness camping
  • Trekking
  • Reindeer safari
  • Christmas with Santa
  • Dog-sled tours
  • Ice fishing
  • Wildlife cruises
  • Husky and sledge safari

The rest of the section is an investigation about the various attractions of the Norwegian Arctic region.

An investigation of Doomsday tourism, other examples might be the Great Barrier Reef, the Maldives etc.

A fine balance


  • increases awareness of environmental issues
  • source of sustainable income for local communities
  • source of additional income for local communities
  • supports conservation
  • promotes repect for Arctic cultures and peoples
  • responsible tourism activities


  • garbage
  • human waste
  • disturbs the wildlife and vegetation
  • pollution
  • emissions
  • impacts on indigenous people's way of life

Role play to develop ten principles for Arctic tourism.

The Ice Hotel

An investigation into ecotourism and sustainable tourism using the Ice Hotel in Northern Sweden as a case study

Polar pitstop

An enquiry into Arctic Tourism

It should be noted that it is difficult to get exact numbers of tourists for the region, partly because of the difficulties in defining the region (see Arctic Circumpolar Governance chapter) and also because of the nature of some of the tourist activities such as cruising.

Teachers' notes

Notes on each chapter for information and tips on the activities in each section to help you plan how to use the site:


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