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See detailOn Nature-based tourism
Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

in Tourist Studies (2013), 13(2), 127-138

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See detail‘...sometimes you’ve just got to get away.’On trekking holidays and their therapeutic effect.
Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

in Tourist Studies (2013), 13(2), 209-231

A traditional Romantic fix for the stress and strain of the everyday has been the idea of ‘getting back to nature’, exploring places of natural grandeur and beauty based on the belief in nature’s ... [more ▼]

A traditional Romantic fix for the stress and strain of the everyday has been the idea of ‘getting back to nature’, exploring places of natural grandeur and beauty based on the belief in nature’s therapeutic agency on the traveller. This article introduces a theoretical framework that offers a way to explore how touristic spaces are lived within a human–non-human co-constituted affective process. It then engages with the spaces of nature-based tourism and reports findings from an ethnographic study on British-based trekking holiday to Iceland. These findings suggest that the emotions and therapeutic affect that have traditionally been reported from spending time in nature are relational outcomes; they depend both on nature’s performance and on what the individual contributes to the relations. [less ▲]

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See detailPracticing (nature-based) tourism: Introduction
Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

in Landabréfið : Journal of the Association of Icelandic Geographers (2011), 25

Little is still known about human practices in nature or elsewhere in the context of tourism. There are however positive signs of change in this respect in the wake of the cultural and performance ‘turn’ ... [more ▼]

Little is still known about human practices in nature or elsewhere in the context of tourism. There are however positive signs of change in this respect in the wake of the cultural and performance ‘turn’ in academia. Phenomenological perspectives have emphasised investigation of the performative and hybrid aspects of living and moment-to-moment being and allows for deep scrutiny of human practices in the context of tourism. This paper discusses this change and its meaning for tourism studies as well as giving an overview of relevant literature that has made great contributions to this development. It then introduces this special issue of Landabréfið, which stems from the conference Practicing Nature-Based Tourism, which was held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on February 5-6, 2011. The papers in this issue provide different and insightful insights into how life is currently practiced in the context of (nature-based) tourism. [less ▲]

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See detailNatturutengsl og upplifanir ferdamanna a Islandi: Fjogur tengslamynstur vellidunar
Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

in Landabréfið : Journal of the Association of Icelandic Geographers (2008), (22), 51-76

This paper reports findings from an ethnographic study of the enchanting and healing affordances of ‘being-in-nature’. Two British-based organised tours to Iceland were under study. Deploying a conceptual ... [more ▼]

This paper reports findings from an ethnographic study of the enchanting and healing affordances of ‘being-in-nature’. Two British-based organised tours to Iceland were under study. Deploying a conceptual framework drawn from phenomenology and non-representational theory, the study engaged with the creative interaction between landscape, technology and the travelling body, and reports how walking and driving allowed certain yet different access and responses to nature as part of tourism, as dream, as affect, as ‘afterlife’. Findings show that therapeutic affects of being-in-nature were person-specific yet relational. They depended on nature’s performance and what the individual gave to the relations. The study identified that the therapeutic affect seems to be rooted in positive egocentric relations with nature when either celebrating personal abilities and situations, or having the freedom for unhindered movement and expression of feelings. Yet the most moving moments were based on relations with nature from an ecocentric ethical stance. Indeed there are indications that suggest deep connections between ethical mindfulness and human flourishing. [less ▲]

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See detailRelating to Nature: The Performative Spaces of Icelandic Tourism
Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

Doctoral thesis (2007)

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See detailLónsöræfi - Paradís göngugarpa
Saethorsdottir, Anna Dora; Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

in Sæþórsdóttir, Anna Dora (Ed.) Þolmörk ferðamennsku í friðlandi á Lónsöræfum (2003)

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See detailFerdamenn i Fridlondum
Saethorsdottir, Anna Dora; Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

Report (2003)

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See detailNáttúruupplifun gesta í friðlandi á Lónsöræfum
Saethorsdottir, Anna Dora; Olafsdottir, Gunnthora UL

in Saethorsdottir, Anna Dora (Ed.) Þolmörk ferðamennsku í friðlandi á Lónsöræfum (2003)

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See detailÞolmörk ferðamennsku í friðlandi á Lónsöræfum
Saethorsdottir, Anna Dora; Gisladottir, Gudrun; Aradottir, Bergthora et al

Report (2003)

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