Naturebased tourism in the new bio-economy
The BIOTOUR research project

The BIOTOUR research project

The research project BIOTOUR, From place-based natural resources to value-added experiences: Tourism in the new bioeconomy, analyzed the key conditions for the future development of nature-based tourism in Norway. The Research Council of Norway financed the project from 2016 to 2021. It was organized into five integrated work packages: Nature-based tourism in the Norwegian bio-economy, resource and product analyses, market analyses, tourism actors and management, and innovative tourism solutions. Fieldwork and data collection were done internationally, nationally, and regionally in Varanger, Trysil, and Hardanger. 

What we do

The BIOTOUR project analyzes key conditions for future development of nature-based tourism (NBT) in Norway that contribute to business innovation, community resilience and sustainable use of natural resources.

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The project focuses on four case study themes of significance to the Norwegian NBT sector:

  • adventure
  • wildlife
  • trails
  • events

BIOTOUR is managed by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in co-operation with four Norwegian and five international partner organizations.

The project, supported by the Norwegian Research Council 2016 - 2020, is organized as five integrated work packages for research and two supporting work packages for outreach, communication and project administration.

BIOTOUR also has a website in Norwegian with more general information and news from the project.

Contact information


Visiting adress:

Høgskoleveien 12, 1430 Ås NORWAY

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Project leader: 

Peter Fredman
+ 47 67 23 16 52


Jan Vidar Haukeland
+ 47 67 23 17 17 / 926 30 190

Communication and administration:

Nikoline Hambro Dybsand
+47 48405877


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