Lofoten Sustainable Tourism Challenge


Spend a weekend in Lofoten, solving problems towards a sustainable tourism industry!


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Lofoten is a destination for people from all corners of the world. The unique nature, rich animal life and history have put the island on the world map as a ”must-see” location. The increasing number of visitors brings urgent issues towards a more sustainable future on the agenda. Join the challenge and design sustainable solutions to well known problems for a better tourism industry, and a better future.

Nordland County Council and SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge are sponsoring the event together with Nord University

Who can participate?

The challenge is open to students from a range of disciplines. All students on a master degree level and third year bachelor are eligible to apply.


Expenses related to travel, accommodation and main meals are all covered.

The Challenge

As a participator, you will work in small teams and create sustainable solutions to improve the tourism industry and local environment in Lofoten. You will be introduced to three real problems facing the area today, presented by three problem owners from the local community.

A prize will be awarded to the winning solution.

The challenge will take place from October 19th -21st 2018, and will include excursions and dedicated work days.

Challenge Requirements

Basic eligibility requirements:


  • A 3rd year bachelor level student or masters degree level student
  • Personal qualities such as being a problem solver, curious and able to think outside the box
  • Able to work in Norwegian-English speaking teams of 3 to 5 people


Interested students must submit the application by September 28th.  The application must include:

  • A short résumé of your CV.
  • One page where you tell us about yourself why you would be a good choice as a participant


October 19th

  • Arriving Stamsund, Lofoten
  • Problem presentations
  • Excursions
  • Group work
  • Dinner


October 20th

  • Main challenge work day
  • Inspirational speech
  • Outdoor activity


October 21st


  • Group presentations and awards
  • Departure from Lofoten

Lofoten Sustainable Tourism Challenge

For any questions, please direct them to: lisbeth.bjerva@nord.no