Tourist perceptions of summer weather in Scandinavia

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This article examines summer vacationers’ perceptions of weather conditions in
Scandinavia. Against the background of an expanding literature on tourism, weather and climate
change, the study aims at understanding the relations between weather expectations, weather perceptions, and adaptive tourist behavior. Evidence from a survey in an archipelago north of the Arctic Circle shows that most tourists considered weather conditions during their stay to be fairly good and that weather aspects have relatively small behavioral impacts. Results
demonstrate that when evaluating weather with respect to suitability for tourism, one should take into account traveler motives and intentions in addition to aspects such as comfort or wellbeing. In this respect, summer weather conditions in Northern Scandinavia are satisfactory or acceptable to many tourists.
ZeitschriftAnnals of Tourism Research
Seiten (von - bis)920–940
Anzahl der Seiten21
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 07.2011


  • Wirtschaftspsychologie - weather perception, weather sensitivity, landscapebased tourism, sightseeing, outdoor recreation, Northern Scandinavia