In 2010 the iconic Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue) was used in tourism material to promote Norway’s Hardanger Region but by 2017 the number of visitors reached almost 100,000 presenting a number of new challenges.
SLIEVE DONARD NORTHERN IRELAND
Slieve Donard mountain is best known as the figurehead in the famous Percy French song – The Mountains of Mourne, which makes reference to Slieve Donards iconic topography in the line; “Where the Mountains of Mourne, sweep down to the sea”
HOSSA REGION FINLAND
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Hossa National Park was established as Finland’s newest and 40th National Park in 2017, marking 100 years of Finland’s independence
ELDRAUN REGION ICELAND
The vast Eldhraun Lava field in southeast Iceland was created in one of the greatest volcanic activity in human history making it one of its kind in the world. The main characteristic is the thick moss covering the lava, giving it a unique texture, which changes colours by the daylight and seasonally.
SLIEVE GULLION NORTHERN IRELAND
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Slieve Gullion lies in the south of County Armagh, in the heart of the Ring of Gullion AONB and is the highest point in the county, with an elevation of 573 metres (1,880 ft). The summit of the mountain is unique in that it features a small lake and two ancient burial cairns, one of which is the highest surviving passage graves in Ireland.
Úlfarsfell draws it name from the man name Úlfur, meaning wolves, which is strange because there are no wolves in Iceland and there never have been any.
Therefore, the name must have come with the settlers, who knew wolves from Scandinavia or perhaps the British Isles.
WELCOME TO THE ASCENT PROJECT
United in Sharing Solutions
Led by local and environmental authorities in seven Northern European Areas of Natural Beauty, ASCENT is an environmental project rooted in access, education and sustainability.
Multi-region partners are collaboratively committed to address the critical environmental challenges associated with increased visitor numbers and unregulated access that their local upland areas and natural sites are threatened with – resulting in habitat damage and soil erosion.
Funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (2014-2020) until 2019, under the priority objective for ‘increased capacity for sustainable environmental management’, the ASCENT project was born.
Marrying their collective experience to create new ways to conserve protect and sustain these wonderful sites without taking from the experiences they offer. ASCENT is a multi-region, multi-language legacy project rooted in collaboration, sustainability, conservation, international education and the power of communities working together.
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