Embracing Dark Sky Tourism in Northern Periphery and Arctic Regions

GLOW2.0 - Supporting Tourism Businesses and Organisations of the NPA


NPA GLOW2.0 Green energy technologies for tourism growth will support enterprises and public organisations in developing tourism flow during the dark autumn and winter months. Dark skies are an attraction that has been utilized too little in the past in our regions. Areas with little or no light pollution have huge potential to enhance the tourism experience. During the project enterprises will gain technical and business capacity relating to dark skies tourism concepts. These might be: - Astrotourism, aurora borealis and star gazing; - Winter activities relating to darkness; - Knowledge about light pollution and ways to preserve the environment from excessive lighting.

About the project


30.04.2024 Online via Teams (registration required)

International Webinar - Embracing Dark Sky Tourism in Northern Periphery and Arctic Region

This Northern Periphery and Arctic Project GLOW2.0’s free webinar is aimed at tourism organisations, enterprises, and regional infrastructure providers (e.g., towns, cities, municipalities, national parks) interested in developing new or improving service offering for the dark times of the year, about responsible artificial lighting at night, and/or in networking with other NPA-area enterprises and organisations with similar interests.


Exciting Update from GLOW2.0 Project!

We're thrilled to share some highlights from our recent learning journey and consortium meeting held at UiT Campus Narvik! ✨

16.05.2024 Joensuu

Näin hyödynnät pimeyttä matkailupalveluissasi

GLOW2.0’s free training series in Finland will enable you to refine your business on an individual and international level.


The DARK SKY film event gathered almost forty people at the Cinema Center Tapio Joensuu on Wednesday!

Researcher and entrepreneur Olli Reijonen's speech and three international documentary films shed light on the importance of protecting darkness of nature/ dark skies. Thanks for the cooperation Pohjois-Karjalan elokuvayhdistys - North Karelia Film Association!


Professor of Theoretical Optics Pasi Vahimaa interviewed as part of GLOW2.0 project podcast series!

This time light pollution and lighting technology were discussed, sometimes even deviating a little to the side of philosophy. You'll have to wait a little longer for the podcast to be released 📻!


Regional workshops for upskilling took place recently in Ireland!

Georgia MacMillan, Mayo Dark Sky Park Development Officer, and Martina Uí Dholáin from our Glow2.0 team explained the concepts of dark skies tourism and the impact of light pollution on our precious dark sky asset 👏


Partner meeting and learning journey in Belmullet, Mayo, Ireland

Last week we joined together for the partner meeting and learning journey in Belmullet, Mayo, Ireland. The learning journey seminar offered stakeholders a forum to discuss, learn from one another and network for tourism.


Dark Sky Festival Kaavi, Finland

Unlit sky, natural light, darkness, celestial signs, known and unknown stars, planets... Astrotourism - what is it? Learn more about these at the Dark Sky festival in Kaavi, Juuka and Tuusniemi between 15 – 17th September.


GLOW2.0 represented at Cross-border Business LAB event in Utsjoki

It was a pleasure for Finnish partner PLAKY (Federation of Northern Lapland municipalities (Sodankylä, Inari, Utsjoki) to participate the Finnish-Norwegian tourism event at the beginning in September, and now it was an even greater pleasure to be involved through our GLOW project. There is strength in cooperation, thanks also to colleague Trond Haukanes from Øst-Finnmarkr.


GLOW2.0 Finnish partner visited Syrjävaara Good Night Oy's facility in Kaavi municipality

Olli Reijonen, an entrepreneur familiar with astronomical objects, viewing, and photography, has established a dark sky protection area at his old family farm. Light pollution has no impact on the area so visitors to the site can experience complete darkness, among other, also get acquainted with variations of the astronomical objects including northern lights which you wouldn’t imagine exists.


GLOW2.0 partners from Finland participated a benchmarking trip in Kainuu

GLOW2.0 partners from Karelia University of Applied Sciences participated the Kaavi, Juuka and Tuusniemi benchmarking trip in Kainuu region that focused on the Utilization of the dark sky as part of responsible tourism development.


Finnish partner Karelia UAS organised a testing event in Ilomantsi city

The event offered participant enterprises the opportunity to test VR content and reflect about immersive technology possibilities for own businesses, organization, and region.


Developing in cooperation the GLOW2.0 project

PLAKY partner presented GLOW2.0 project at regional seminar in Lapland. Presentations of the day included among other dark sky tourism possibilities for the region and how to concretize possibilities.


Sharing objectives of GLOW2.0 at Lapland event

PLAKY partner shared the aims and objectives of GLOW2.0 during networking event in Lapland. Are you located in Lapland region and interested to engage with our project? Please see your regional contact person under Contact information.


Utilizing Dark Skies as Added Value in Tourism; Survey for Tourism Products and Service Providers

In the GLOW2.0 project, we want to do meaningful work and promote the activities of tourism operators in our regions. That is why we have prepared a survey with which we map the real development needs in the area.


Welcome to the GLOW2.0 journey!

The NPA GLOW 2.0 Green energy technologies for tourism growth project coordinated by Karelia University of Applied Sciences encourages and helps companies and public organizations to increase the tourist attraction for the darkest times of the year.

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