Recently NOHNIK finished the Destination Management Plan for Katla UNESCO Global Geopark in Iceland. Katla Geopark is comparable in size with the Dutch provinces of Gelderland, Utrecht and Overijssel together. The geopark makes up 10% of the total Icelandic territory. It includes the famous volcanos of Eyjafjallajökull and Katla and the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The plan was developed in a participative process with a wide range of local stakeholders.
The Destination Management Plan is a regional masterplan that presents a long term strategy for sustainable tourism in the area. In this masterplan, the aim was to search for a renewed balance between nature and landscape conservation on the one hand and improving the visitor’s experience on the other hand. A better preservation of the landscape ensures long-term economic profit for tourism industries in Iceland and keeps the landscape attractive for its inhabitants as well.
In the project we focused on the spatial quality of the different destinations and attractions in the area, the different routing networks and a strategic streamlining of the flow of visitors through the area. This also includes architectonic designs of the different attraction sites such as a new visitor center for Seljalandsfoss waterfall and a viewing platform at the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. More info on the project and outcomes can be found on our project page (both in Dutch and English).