Tourism, an industry that is growing in the northern and Arctic regions, is affected by globalization and environmental transformation but also plays a role in changing the North. For example, tourism can be a component of community development, drawing out creative solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. On the other hand, tourism can bring unwanted and unintended pressures that have negative outcomes for community structures and the environment.
Our Master’s Degree Programme in Northern Tourism – based on a joint 30 credits component organized by the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Network on Northern Tourism – offers a comprehensive and international approach to tourism and reflects on the growing global influence and relevance of change in the north. It brings together researchers and students from northern universities with an interest in developing responsible tourism futures. The joint component is organized by Nipissing University, UiT – the Arctic University of Norway, Umeå University, University of Iceland, University of Lapland, University of Oulu, and Vancouver Island University, and it is hosted by UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.
What will you learn?
Our research and education on sustainable northern tourism builds knowledge on the challenges facing the northern and Arctic regions and offers tools for the sustainable development of tourism in the North. Through the involvement of the Thematic Network on Northern Tourism, our program offers education based on the research activities of the leading tourism scholars from Arctic areas. The joint component consists of a field course and of two online courses.
Arctic research collaboration
Our master's degree program is based on research collaboration of the thematic network on Northern Tourism within the University of the Arctic. The main goal of the network is to address gaps in knowledge about northern tourism through comparative, circumpolar research and education. We collaborate with our core partners in the program on various research projects on the following topics:
Arctic tourism in times of change: seasonality, urban dimensions of Arctic tourism, and from over-tourism to re-starting tourism
Arctic tourism in the era of environmental crisis
Mobilities in peripheral areas
Analysis of future travel trends in the context of Arctic Europe
Arctic winter tourism
Destination development in the Arctic areas
Currently, we are working with the network partners on the following projects:
The Contested Nature of Allemannsretten. Renegotiating local customs together with small-scale farmers in periphery landscapes (led by UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, funded by The Research Council of Norway, 2021–2025)
Mobilities on the margins – creative processes of place-making (led by the University of Iceland, funded by Icelandic Research Fund, 2020–2023)
Envisioning proximity tourism with new materialism (led by the University of Lapland, funded by Academy of Finland, 2019– 2023)
Partnership for Sustainability: Arctic Tourism in Times of Change, (subprojects led by the University of Lapland, Umeå University, and University of Iceland, Nordic Council of Ministers, 2018–2021)