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The restorative potential of Icelandic nature

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dc.contributor University of Akureyri
dc.contributor.author Kristjánsdóttir, Harpa Lind
dc.contributor.author Sigurðardóttir, Sigrún
dc.contributor.author Pálsdóttir, Anna María
dc.date.accessioned 2023-01-04T01:05:26Z
dc.date.available 2023-01-04T01:05:26Z
dc.date.issued 2020-12-01
dc.identifier.citation Kristjánsdóttir , H L , Sigurðardóttir , S & Pálsdóttir , A M 2020 , ' The restorative potential of Icelandic nature ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 17 , no. 23 , 9095 , pp. 1-21 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239095
dc.identifier.issn 1661-7827
dc.identifier.other PURE: 70221567
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 5fb40c49-c487-42b8-a044-30f575e1e604
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85097424154
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3808
dc.description Publisher Copyright: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
dc.description.abstract This study aimed to investigate if proposed restorative attributes according to attention restoration theory and supportive environment theory could be experienced and identified in Icelandic landscape and contribute to a restorative experience in nature sites in rural Iceland. A prospective mixed-method study was conducted over the period of one year. Seven different nature sites that were considered likely to have restorative qualities were selected for the evaluation i.e., three forest sites, three seashores, and one park in and in the vicinity of Ísafjörður, Iceland. Each site was evaluated regarding how the participants experienced its restorative qualities and how a stay therein affected their mental state. Nature visits were offered once a week, where the participants visited one of the seven locations for two hours. The findings show that the participants perceived and experienced nature sites as having the characteristics of a restorative environment and that staying at the nature sites positively affected their mental state. External conditions, like weather, which can affect nature visits, were rarely a hinderance. Thus, it can be concluded that numerous coastal areas, forests, and parks in Iceland, especially in rural areas, might possess restorative qualities as well. This result shows that wild and open nature in North West Iceland has the characteristics of a restorative environment and can be utilized for health promotion.
dc.format.extent 21
dc.format.extent 1-21
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 17(23)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Náttúran
dc.subject Skógar
dc.subject Landslagsskipulag
dc.subject Blue health
dc.subject Forestry
dc.subject Health promotion
dc.subject Landscape architecture
dc.subject Nature-based rehabilitation
dc.subject Perceived sensory dimensions
dc.subject Restorative environment
dc.subject Salutogenesis
dc.subject Vocational rehabilitation
dc.subject Pollution
dc.subject Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
dc.subject Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
dc.title The restorative potential of Icelandic nature
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.pmid 33291500
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239095
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