The Interreg Aurora funded small-scale project “From Labs to Landmarks” will establish a network of partners in Enontekiö (Finland), Nord-Troms (Norway), and Kiruna (Sweden), who will contribute to developing culture- and science-based digital content for existing nature trails in the region. The project is set to enhance collaboration among research institutions, tourism stakeholders, schools, and local communities in the border region.
The project conducts a feasibility study of science tourism in the border area. Practices studied can include knowledge communication, community participation, and the use of new technological solutions, such as virtual and augmented reality, in experience development for tourism. Same products will also be available for local residents and schools as outdoor learning environments.
The sub-arctic Scandinavia draws increasing numbers of visitors every year, and it is ever more important to provide services for the visitors who have an interest towards the local communities and nature in the destination. The objective is to provide visitors with more knowledge, understanding, and respect for the nature and communities they visit, simultaneously enabling community participation planning of tourism development. The approach will strengthen sustainable destination development and empower residents in the region to influence local tourism development.