Norway has 36 national parks of which 29 are located on the mainland and 7 on the Svalbard archipelago. The protected nature environments are shaped by their geological heritage.
View from Rondane National Park. Picture by Reidulv Bøe, NGU
This heritage is often an important part of the reason for preserving the area. In addition to this, national parks are important tourist destinations.
Most national parks have designated visitors' centres where tourists can gather information on nature and experiences in the national park. NGU contributes to the presentation of geology in selected centres, either in publications, as information for tourist guides or on the web.
Interactive trail map from Grimsdal with "experience trails" in Rondane. Geological and other sights are marked and described. The map and descriptions are one of many in this area, can be downloaded from the Internet and are aimed at tourists travelling on foot or by cars or bike. Prepared trails help to make Rondane an attractive tourist destination.
|View from Femundsmarka National Park. Near Svukuriset tourist centre, large amounts of water from melting glaciers formed large terrace-shaped river levees after the last Ice Age. Picture by Rolv Dahl, NGU
||Geological exhibition in a visitors' centre at a National park in Nordland. Picture by Terje Bargel, NGU|
Published: 21. January 2008