Sustainable tourism in Lapland
Photo by: Eeva Mäkinen

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN LAPLAND

Sustainable tourism is the idea that you can travel while having a positive impact on a destination’s environment, economy and culture. Sustainable tourism is more comprehensive than just ecotourism, as it focuses only on environmental responsibility. In Finnish Lapland, our goals are aligned with the European Commission’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the broadest level.

This Agenda has shaped Finland’s own goals and the programs developed to meet these goals. Sustainability is a primal core in the development of Lapland tourism. Between 2017 and 2020 millions of euros has been invested into the development of sustainable tourism in Lapland.

On this page, you’ll find information relating to how Finnish Lapland contributes to environmentally responsible tourism, ranging from carbon offset travel to Finland to concrete actions taken by the tourism industry in northern Finland.

But it’s not only about us. It’s also about you, your choices and actions.

Find out below how we have become one of the most sustainable tourism destinations, and how you can have a positive impact on the environment, economy and culture of Lapland and the whole world.

You can find Ethical Guidelines for Samirs tourism here.

SUSTAINABILITY ACTIONS THAT YOU MAY RUN INTO LAPLAND

compensated fuel emissions
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki
Carbon neutral ski resorts
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Juha Kauppinen
vegetarian food lapland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Daniel Taipale
sustainable safari lapland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki
Photo by: Terhi Tuovinen | Lapland Material Bank
Safaris on marked trails
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki
recycled material clothes
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Marko Junttila
sustainable cars lapland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Lumo Image
Restaurant food waste recycling
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Photokrafix
electric snow mobiles
Photo by: Lapin materiaalipankki | Lapland Safaris
local food lapland
Photo by: Terhi Tuovinen
flights to lapland finnair
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Terhi Tuovinen
Geothermal heating resort Lapland
Photo by: AV Lappi | Lapland Material Bank
compost environmental act lapland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Terhi Tuovinen
Electric rental cars
Photo by: Lapin materiaalipankki | Markus Kiili
electric vehicle charge stations
Photo by: Pentti Sormunen | Vastavalo
Sustainable logistics
Photo by: Posion Matkailuyhdistys
sustainable acts lapland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Terhi Tuovinen
Recycling old equipment from tourists to local schools
Photo by: : Lapin Materiaalipankki | Simo Vilhunen
ecological cottage finland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | AV Lappi
sustainable tour lapland
Photo by: Lapin materiaalipankki | Eeva Mäkinen
underfishing lapland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Juha Kauppinen
ski bus transportation lapland
Photo by: Lapin Materiaalipankki | Markus Kiili
Preserved snow in skiing resorts
Photo by: Lapin materiaalipankki | Markus Kiili