Background: Friluftsliv is a Norwegian word that literally translates to “free air life”, it refers to a spirit of enchantment with nature that can be found in all of us. Taking the stance that Climate change is a symptom of the way we relate with each other and with nature, this workshop will help participants critically reflect on how we can connect with our natural environment in a sustainable way. For many of us, we move as a human tide to and from our places of work or education, daily in and out, ebb and flow. Urbanisation and the rapid pace of development being experienced around the world has given rise to a false sense of disconnection from the
natural world both outside of us and within us. This is an illusion. But how can we connect with and enjoy nature in a sustainable way?
In this workshop we will look at the long history of tourism in the region – which has it’s roots in nature based tourism. We will examine how tourism products and the tourism experience have changed over time and critically consider current tourism practices and how they contribute to climate change. With an eye on the past, we will collaborate in developing new tourism products and tourism experiences that minimise GHG emissions while also contributing to sustainable local economies.
We Do Our Best Thinking While Walking! During the afternoon we will make the most of the opportunity to go hiking in the area – to walk, talk and ruminate.
Throughout the day we will post our ideas and suggestions for more sustainable tourism via social media – with the view to engaging an international audience in the discussion and idea development
Hotel owner/manager – Sigurd Kvikne
Elisabeth Velvåg Helseth
Tone Sørfonn Moe