Northern Tourism

Through the involvement of the Thematic Network on Northern Tourism, the programme offers education based on research activities of the leading tourism scholars from Arctic areas.


The Master’s Degree Programme in Northern Tourism – based on a joint 30 credits component organised 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 the northern universities, with an interest to develop responsible tourism futures.

Research and education on sustainable northern tourism builds knowledge on the challenges facing the northern and Arctic regions and tools for the sustainable development of tourism in the North. Academic interest in tourism in the North has naturally been growing, parallel to the tourism phenomenon itself, yet much of this has been fragmented and narrow in its geographical focus and thematic content.

The students attending a joint higher education in tourism will become professionals in their field of study, specializing on northern tourism and various aspects closely related to the sustainable development of the Arctic region. The graduates will in the future be the consulted experts, who steer the development of the Arctic towards a more sustainable direction; who hold the contemporary know-how of the present-day challenges facing the economic growth in the North; and who thanks to their education have increased employment possibilities in the field of tourism in northern and Arctic context.

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryFinland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Lapland
Fields of studySociology and cultural studiesTravel, tourism and leisure
Tagstourismsustainability
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