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Floating Away: The Impact of Hydroelectric Power Stations on Tourists’ Experience in Iceland

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Sæþórsdóttir, Anna
dc.contributor.author Hall, C. Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-16T14:54:37Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-16T14:54:37Z
dc.date.issued 2018-07-04
dc.identifier.citation Sæþórsdóttir AD, Hall CM. Floating Away: The Impact of Hydroelectric Power Stations on Tourists’ Experience in Iceland. Sustainability. 2018; 10(7):2315. doi:10.3390/su10072315
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1247
dc.description Publisher's version (útgefin grein)
dc.description.abstract It is of vital importance that nature-based tourist destinations maintain their natural resources in a sustainable way. Nature and wilderness are the main attractions for tourism in Iceland. The Central Highlands are uninhabited with little visible evidence of human influence except for some huts, gravel roads, and a small number of hydroelectric power plants. However, there are plans for further hydroelectric power development in the area. The Blanda Power Station was constructed in 1991 at the edge of the North Central Highlands. This paper presents the results of a questionnaire survey conducted among tourists in the area in the summer of 2016 with a total of 1078 answered questionnaires. The objective was to estimate the impact of the power station on the experience of tourists and to assess whether their attitude differs from that of tourists in locations where power plant construction has been proposed. The results show that the power plant infrastructure at Blanda, with the exception of transmission lines, does not seem to disturb the experience of the majority of tourists. Tourists at Blanda are also more positive towards power plants than at locations where there are no power plants but where they have been proposed.
dc.description.sponsorship Landsvirkjun funded the data gathering used in the study. The University of Iceland and Landsvirkjun covered the costs of open access publishing
dc.format.extent 2315
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher MDPI AG
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sustainability;10(7)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Wilderness tourism
dc.subject Nature-based tourism
dc.subject Sustainable tourism
dc.subject Sustainable development
dc.subject Economic development
dc.subject Tourist attitudes
dc.subject Renewable energy
dc.subject Hydroelectric development
dc.subject Ferðaþjónusta
dc.subject Sjálfbær ferðaþjónusta
dc.subject Sjálfbærni
dc.subject Ferðamenn
dc.subject Endurnýjanleg orka
dc.subject Efnahagsþróun
dc.title Floating Away: The Impact of Hydroelectric Power Stations on Tourists’ Experience in Iceland
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Sustainability
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/su10072315
dc.relation.url http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/7/2315/pdf
dc.contributor.department Líf- og umhverfisvísindadeild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences (UI)
dc.contributor.school Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)

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