It's no secret that Australia is a big country. It's also massively diverse and full of spectacular tourism opportunities that have made millions of visitors fall head over heels for the land down under. With some epic, expansive, and exceptionally diverse landscapes, crazy coastlines, and some really special not-so-secret gems, Australia is an ideal country in which to engage in ecotourism.
Norway is an excellent destination for eco-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. High in the north of Europe you can experience vast open wildernesses and uninterrupted scenery. It is a landscape of rugged fjords, snow capped mountains and crystal clear streams cascading through the valleys. This is also the land of the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis painting the sky in a multitude of hues.
The Finns are very nature-conscious and environmentally aware people, accustomed to unrestricted right of public access to the wilderness and nature parks. As such, the Finnish people are also environmentally conscious travelers, and many hope that visitors to their country will treat it with the same green respect that the locals do.
Very few countries in the world are as inherently sustainable as Iceland.This island nation in the north Atlantic possesses many of the ideal components of sustainability, a cooperative government, like-minded citizens, vast and stunning landscapes, pure water sources, exceptional wildlife, and an overall commitment to the conservation of nature.
Ecotourism in the United States represents a large proportion of the tourism industry. Tourism in general in America is a crucial industry in many states, thus ecotourism initiatives are important to the overall sustainability of this country's tourism industries. To make ecotourism decision-making more simplified, here are the top ten ecotourism states in the grand ol' US of A.
Chamonix is an area rich in eco-tourism, a place that firmly believes in responsible touring. They advocate the use of reclaimable and locally sourced building materials, car sharing is heavily promoted and they have a well-developed free public transport system. Local authorities are pushing hard for Chamonix to qualify for the much-coveted Environment Management Standard and feel confident of gaining recognition in the next year.
While eco-tourism as a concept is still not fully realised in Uruguay the nature of the country and its history make it a great candidate for developing this area of travel. The landscape is wonderful, flat, grassland, full of animals, plant life and opportunities for outdoor exploration. Their rail network is dilapidated and only one line still functions; it does however have an extensive coach and bus service.
It is traditionally held that Santa's home is in Lapland. Far to the north in the Finnish countryside and well within the Arctic Circle, surrounded by some of the most outstanding, unspoilt natural beauty around. This is the land of the midnight sun, Northern lights and a calm, peaceful landscape that is Lapland.
Tourism in Mozambique took a dramatic tumble during the country's civil war from 1977 to 1992. Since then, the government has worked hard to restore the country's tourism industry, and perhaps fortunately, due to the fact that they essentially had to start all over again, were able to better implement sustainable and ecotourism principles in the rebuilding process.
The Bulungula Lodge is situated in Nqileni village ("q" = a click sound) - in "the most beautiful location of any lodge in South Africa". Here the visitors can enjoy the forest, lagoon, rolling hills, dolphins, whales, you name it. The visitors have even a shooting star guarantee - if you look at the night's sky for half an hour without seeing one, you stay that night free at the Bulungula Lodge. The Bulungula Lodge runs on solar power and you can look out for the brand new bicycle powered blender producing the ultimate eco-smoothies.