The results of the first two Ruritage workshops
The Geopark conducted two workshops at the beginning of last October with good results. During the first workshop the Ruritage project and a few projects ideas, that the Geopark and the society within the Geopark can work on during the next two years, were introduced. During the second workshop participants voted on which 2-4 project ideas we should implement, and the results were that we should focus on three ideas. Below you can find the result of the voting and more information about the project ideas. In the coming weeks there will be three additional workshops, where each chosen project idea will be discussed, how it should be implemented, whom do we might need assistance from to implement the idea (agencies, the municipalities etc.), what each of us can do for the project and so on. These workshops will be advertised soon on social media and we hope to see you all there.
The result was to implement project ideas nr. 3 – Introduce and implement a collaborative project between companies within the Geopark, nr. 5 – Research and preserve old travel paths within the Geopark, along with the traditions and superstitions connected to them, and nr. 6 – Increase the knowledge and preparedness of individuals for natural hazards within the Geopark. It was also decided that project ideas nr. 4 and 7 would be included in project idea nr. 5.
Below you can find a more detailed description of the chosen project ideas:
Research and preserve old travel paths within the Geopark, along with the traditions and superstitions connected to them
The aim of this project is to gather information of ancient travel routes located in Geopark, such as mapping, photographing, etc. The information would then be made available online. A similar project has been done in Skaftárhreppur municipality, and this one would include the other two municipalities within the Geopark so all the travel paths would be connected. This project could also relate to the new exhibition about postal routes in Skógar museum. These travel paths could be the foundation for new hiking routes in the Geopark and could be made into a themed tour as well.
- Mapping lesser known heritage features. Geocaching locations could also be put up within the Geopark, giving people a different way to learn about the many well-known locations within the Geopark and getting them to spend more time there. Activity for younger people could also be made, for example by having a treasure hunt within the Geopark or stamps available at certain locations.
- Create various themed tours or trails through the Geopark, based on for example food, culture, old travel paths, ext. The tours would be used to increase the exposure of products and services available, and to get people to spend more time in the Geopark.
Increase the knowledge and preparedness of individuals for natural hazards within the Geopark
This project would be varied and would include increased flow of information, to residents and tourists within the Geopark, about natural hazards. That would be achieved with more frequent information meetings and evacuation practices for the public, along with increased teaching materials for children. The availability of information would be increased, both online and with brochures, and tried to have them in as many languages as possible. Ways to facilitate the evacuation of tourists in Vik if Katla erupts are also possible, by increasing the training of managers and business owners so they can help out with the evacuation and putting up universal signs guiding tourists along the evacuation routes and to the gathering points.
Introduce and implement a collaborative project between companies within the Geopark
The idea revolves around increasing the cooperation between companies within the Geopark. The cooperation could be similar to the #vikunited project, which is a collaborative platform for eateries in Vik to promote products, opening hours, and participating in collaborative events showcasing each business in its own way. This idea could be expanded or done separately to include exhibitions, shows ext., and even used to establish a network of geo-tourism companies under the umbrella of Katla UGGp, all working together towards a more sustainable community with focus on the natural and cultural heritage. With joint forces and a strong network, the network will strengthen the identity of the area as a Geo-tourism destination.