Author(s): K. Lehtinen & P. Sarala
Increasing tourism in northern Finland produces challenges for tourist centres,
their land use plans and sustainable development.
Increasing activities in areas
that are sensitive to environmental changes need solutions for sustainable land
Equipment to minimize environmental effects, and the planning of
ecologically, culturally, and visually sustainable built up areas at popular tourist
centres on the Ylläs and Levi fells are investigated in the LANDSCAPE LAB
The project is partly financed by the EU LIFE Environment and the
Geological Survey of Finland is involved as a partner.
Geological factors such as
the quality and composition of bedrock, the maturity of the matrix of surficial
sediments, and geomorphology affect the resistance to erosion in different
In Fennoscandia, the glacial erosion has been intensive and the
terrain is composed of eroded hill slopes and glacial landforms.
Finland, erosion resistance of nature trails has focused on vegetation and
The erosion rate is studied mainly by measuring the width
and depth of the path and the amount of exposed roots and stones.
factors are not studied for nature trails, but geology and geological factors are the
basic elements affecting resistance to erosion and should be included in land use
Careful planning and monitoring are the keys to creating visually
impressive and geologically sustainable nature trails.
erosion resistance, geological factors, nature trail, land use.
Increasing tourism causes pressure on the land use planning and sustainable
development of tourist destinations.
Northern Finland tourist destinations have
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/GEO060041
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