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Adventure tourism

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Even Tjørve
Grades A-F
Language of instruction - English
ÅR/BA Reiseliv
Telefon: 612 88000

“Adventure tourism” comprises a cline from leisure to high adventure and expedition tourism, as well as (participation) sports tourism, including extreme sports. The subject consists of a theoretical approach to this tourism sector and its trends, as well as descriptions of different niches, within this sector and their markets. It provides a practical introduction to adventure tourism and sports tourism, and their trends, in Norway and abroad.


The aims include for the student conceptualize and understand the nature of adventure tourism and (participant) sports tourism. The students should internalise the meaning of central concepts as well as key definitions and typologies. They should be able to analyse the scope and nature of the global adventure- and sports tourism market as well as the understand characteristics and motives of their tourists. They should be able to put these types of tourism into their historical context, describe development, trends, operation, management, external environments (including drivers and stakeholders), and their impact on environment and on local communities. The supply side should be understood at destination level as well as through the structure of the industry (including tour operation). An important goal is to acquire knowledge about (each of) the different sectors or sub-niches of the industry. The students should be able to discuss the transition from “old tourism” to “new tourism” and the geographical dimension in these sectors, as well as how adventure tourists and sports tourists are pushing back the frontiers, making destinations and venues of undeveloped nature. New forms of activities and the stage (frontiers) of development in the different sectors of adventure- and sports tourism should be known. Also how “classic” natural wilderness adventure, leisure sports and extreme sports are being complemented by activities in man-made artificial environment. Finally, the student should acquire knowledge about and be able to discuss for different sectors and products: marketing, safety and risk management, and ethical issues.

Undervisnings- og læringsmetode

Lectures, seminars and field excursions


Minimum knowledge in tourism


Each student should present a sector in the form of a seminar (45 min), participate on possible excursions and approved seminar presentation


4 hours written exam

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