Naturturism i Höga kusten: Förutsättningar för naturturism i form av kajakpaddling i Höga kusten
Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Nature tourism in the High Coast of Sweden
The conditions for nature tourism in the form of kayaking in the High Coast of Sweden.
The aim of this study was to investigate the conditions for nature tourism in the form of kayaking in the High Coast of Sweden. The work focused on examining: the impact of protected areas, logistics and security for the kayak activity, visible evidences from the last glacial period (Weichsel), isostatic uplift and coastal processes, and also time- and site specific environmental effects of kayaking. Three destinations were selected as the main investigation sites.
In a protected area there are regulations that limits activities that may be carried out. Protected areas also promote outdoor recreation as a main goal. Logistics and security risks were documented for possible starting locations and routes. The results showed that evidences of glacial processes, isostatic uplift and coastal processes were visible at all three destinations. Trysunda showed the greatest presence of traces/kilometer. However, Trysunda was surveyed by hiking which may have affected the results. Trysunda showed the largest number of evidences of coastal processes, which may depend on the high exposure of this island to wave energy. At all three destinations environmental effects were found as abrasion on the vegetation as well as the disturbance of birds.
The conclusion is that all three destinations represent good sites for the experience of distinct educational traces of glacial and postglacial processes. Furthermore, the study emphasizes that the kayaker should have some experience of previous kayaking. The kayaker can benefit from the free facilities established in the protected areas.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 30 p.
Nature tourism, kayaking, High Coast
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-89604DiVA: diva2:722169
University Programme in Nature Guiding