Northern Tourism: Performances and Experiences

This online course addresses tourism in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions with an emphasis on tourist experiences and relational entanglements of tourism to northern communities and landscapes. 

Its objective is to familiarize students with theory and knowledge related to performance, experience and enactment of tourism in a northern context. Questions related to host-guest relationship, development of tourism experiences and the social and environmental repercussions of tourism will be explored. The teaching is based on original research, which applies diverse theoretical perspectives and introduces a range of case studies.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course it is expected that the student can:

- describe the general characteristics of tourism in the circumpolar north
- critically discuss and compare tourism in the circumpolar north with other regions
- apply theoretical concepts to describe tourist experiences
- apply relevant theoretical concepts to analyse tourist performances
- summarise main points in theoretical discussion and communicate it in writing
- critically discuss and evaluate tourism development in different areas in the circumpolar north in relation to different groups of tourist and different modes of travelling.

Admission requirements
Applicants must have a Bachelor‘s Degree in tourism, social science, humanities, or business administration. Admission to the course by students from universities which do not participate in this course may be restricted. For more information please contact the course coordinator (

Application for the course:

The coordinators of the participating universities should nominate their students for this course by email to Donna Kristjana Peters ( Last nomination day is February 15, 2022.

Together with nominations the following information needs to be provided by the home department/student:
1. Confirmation from home department of registration in MS studies
2. Confirmation from home department that the credits will be evaluated
3. Scanned copy of passport of student
4. Scanned certificate of a completed undergraduate degree

Course coordinators of participating universities
Nippising University - Patrick Maher (
UiT the Arctic University of Norway - Bente Heimtun (
Umeå University - Doris Carson (
University of Oulu – Kaarina Tervo-Kankare (
University of Lapland - Outi Rantala (
University of Iceland – Hans Welling (
Vancouver Island University – Suzanne de la Barre (

Master's Focus on Northern Tourism
This is an online course developed jointly by the UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism. It is part of a Master's Focus on Northern Tourism, a sequence of three interdisciplinary courses related to the Arctic undertaken in an existing master degree.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity of Iceland
Begin date15.03.2022
End date15.05.2022
Registration deadline15.02.2022
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyTravel, tourism and leisure
Teaching placeOnline/University of Iceland
Tagsmobilitytourismgeographyentrepreneurshiponline studiestourism
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