Culturally sensitive tourism in the Arctic

Culturally sensitive tourism in the Arctic (ARCTISEN) is a transnational project between six countries, eight project partners and 13 associated partners. Project partners are: University of Lapland, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Northern Norway Tourist Board, Umeå University, Ájtte - Mountain and Sámi museum, Aalborg University, University of Waterloo and World Indigenous Tourism Alliance.  

ARCTISEN focuses on improving support systems tailored for start-ups and existing SMEs in remote and sparsely populated areas (specific objective 2.1.) The project started 1st of November 2018 and will finish 30th of September 2021. Total budget is  1.455.547,88€  




Aiming to improve entrepreneurial business environment  


The main result of the project is improved entrepreneurial business environment for culturally sensitive tourism. This gives better conditions for tourism start-ups and SMEs in Arctic areas. The main result will be achieved by improving and increasing transnational contacts, networks and cooperation among different businesses and organizations. Improvement of business environment will also result in concrete products and services, locally and transnationally designed, that support the capacities of start-ups and SMEs to develop sustainable, competitive and attractive tourism businesses drawing on place-based opportunities.

The emergence of culturally sensitive tourism products will diversify local economies and attract new visitors to the area, making tourism a more viable and attractive source of livelihood for people living in Northern communities and also better conditions for local companies.