Tourism in the Barents Region
Tourism in the Barents Region can be viewed as a part of “northern tourism”, “peripheral tourism”, “Arctic tourism” or “polar tourism”. As such it has some common features and images, like remoteness, coldness, wilderness, darkness and the northern lights in winter, the midnight sun in summer, and other extreme physical characteristics, as well as indigenous peoples. There are well-developed tourist destinations in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland, while in most of the Russian parts of the region tourism development is still in its early stage, especially regarding international tourism. The region as a name – the Barents Region – is still rather unknown and it is not recognized as a tourist destination. Global climate change probably is the most extensive challenge for tourism in the Barents Region.