Contribute to nature conservation
around Tromsø and Senja
First in Norway
Explore & travel differently,
and make a difference
Participate in projects that
have measurable outcomes
Wild Lab Projects is a nonprofit dedicated to nature conservation, citizen science and regenerative traveling. Regenerative means that the participants who join our projects leave a net-positive impact on the place they visit. One important rules for our projects: the outcome must be real and measurable.
We partner with researchers and co-design projects that are suitable to everyone, whatever their background. After welcoming and training the participants, we aim to heal nature, help wildlife, restore natural habitats, raise emptathy and grow a community of nature advocates.
Our Shared Responsibility
Tromsø is an incredibly unique city, known as the gateway to the Arctic. It sits 350km north of the Arctic Circle at 70 degrees north. Tromsø is attractive for its nature and for its city life, and is easily reachable by an international airport.
But Tromsø’s accessibility and popularity come with challenges. The city has experienced an unprecedented tourism boom. This frenzy is sometimes perceived negatively by locals used to peace and quiet, and tensions have emerged. Nature is also taking a hit. It is this realization, and our desire to do something about it that brought Wild Lab Projects to life. Now, travelers have the opportunity to contribute to projects that help solve local problems and heal nature. As a visitor, your experience into the Arctic will leave a positive impact and you’ll be part of the change.
Partners and funders
“The presence of artificial light at night in northern cities may affect wild animals in ways that we cannot yet predict. This collaboration with Wild Lab Projects will be key in involving community scientists in monitoring bird populations in both dark and illuminated areas. With the help of citizen science we will be able to understand how the lives of birds are being modified by human presence and activity in the Arctic, which would not be possible otherwise.”
Barbara Tomotani, Chronobiologist, University in Tromsø, Norway
“I have been involved in kelp forest and sea urchin studies for more than three decades, and it is due time for more actions on restoring rich kelp forests on the poor sea urchin barren bottoms still persisting in Northern Norway. We wish Wild Lab Projects welcome. Together with marine biological research groups they can contribute to bring knowledge on kelp restoration methods, and benefits, to coastal communities further.”
Hartvig Christie, senior scientist emeritus, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
“The collaboration between science and society is crucial if we are to solve the global challenges of our time – the nature & climate crisis. The Wild Lab Projects’ pioneering work on citizen science allows a variety of actors – from tourism operators, decision-makers, scientists, social organizations and to the tourist themselves – to collaborate on finding more sustainable practices for the world’s fastest growing industry, namely tourism. I am very excited about being a part of these efforts.”
Sigrid Engen, environmental social scientist, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Tromsø, Norway
“Understanding and predicting the changes in our local weather due to global warming will be of central importance to society in the coming decades. Many impacts are related to the water cycle, such as the amount and origin of precipitation arriving with storms. I am excited to support Wild Lab Projects in involving travelers in the collection of climate data, and in creating arenas where conversations between science and society are stimulated.”
Harald Sodemann, Meteorologist, University of Bergen, Norway
“Removal of sea urchins is an effective tool for restoration of kelp forests, but requires large efforts to succeed. When scientists and volunteers join forces, it offers a great opportunity to restore and create consciousness of kelp forests, while at the same time collecting valuable research data through citizen science. As a marine biologist I am excited to be able to contribute with my knowledge in a collaboration with Wild Lab Projects”.
Camilla W. Fagerli, Senior Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
“Participation of volunteers or tourists in restoration projects is getting more common worldwide, and in some countries restoration work would not be possible without this. Incorporating citizen science into tourism in Norway is innovative and an important step towards more inclusive restoration work, that at the same time helps to both create consciousness of the crisis we are in, and the possibilities that we have to counter or mitigate this crisis together. I am exited to be able to share and build knowledge together with Wild Lab Projects.”
Anne Mehlhoop, Restoration Ecologist, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway