Culturally Sensitive Tourism in the Arctic

Project Details


The project ‘Culturally Sensitive Tourism in the Arctic’ – ARCTISEN – develops a support system for start-ups and existing small and medium-sized enterprises offering innovative tourism products and services. Expanding tourist interest in the Arctic brings unforeseen opportunities to maintain local livelihoods and lifestyles. The project partners in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Denmark/Greenland highlight the pressing demand for new tourism products and services that draw on the rich natural and cultural resources of the region. Simultaneously, limited knowledge of indigenous and other local cultures in Northern communities calls for more open and sensitive dialogue among different tourism actors. The transnational cooperation among project partners produces a support system that consists of the following three components:
1) toolkits and online courses that enhance tourism companies cultural sensitivity, digital, product development and business innovation capacities,
2) cluster of culturally sensitive tourism enterprises across the programme area,
3) co-creation of new tourism products, services and business innovations.
The project introduces sensitivity as a core value that guides the project activities from benchmarking to test visits, workshops to online courses. These activities will help tourism start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises to turn their place-based opportunities into economically viable tourism businesses. The novelty of ARCTISEN lies in enabling and supporting entrepreneurs to craft culturally sensitive tourism products in close cooperation with a wide range of tourism practitioners and scholars across the programme area. Through transnational tourism cluster, the project contributes to a more positive business
climate for tourism companies – and to making the participating regions more economically robust and versatile in general.
Effective start/end date01/09/201831/08/2021


  • 1 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

ARCTISEN kick-off seminar

Carina Ren (Participant)

26 Nov 201828 Nov 2018

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Research Output

  • 2 Report
  • 1 Net publication - Internet publication

Toward culturally sensitive tourism: Report from Greenland

Ren, C., Chimirri, D. & Abildgaard, M. S., 8 May 2020, Rovaniemi, Finland: Multidimensional Tourism Institute - MTI. 32 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

Open Access
  • Looking at Arctic tourism through the lens of cultural sensitivity: ARCTISEN – a transnational baseline report

    Olsen, K., Abildgaard, M. S., Brattland, C., Chimirri, D., Bernardi, C. D., Edmons, J., Grimwood, B., Hurst, C., Höckert, E., Jæger, K., Kugapi, O., Lemelin, R. H., Lüthje, M., Mazzullo, N., Müller, D., Ren, C., Saari, R., Ugwuegbula, L. & Viken, A., 19 Dec 2019, Rovaniemi, Finland: University of Lapland. 56 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

    Open Access
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    Tourism, nature and culture in Greenland – telling and selling a story of many ties

    Ren, C., 3 May 2019

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

    Open Access