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The Restorative Potential of Icelandic Nature

Kristjánsdóttir, Harpa Lind and Sigurðardóttir, Sigrún and Pálsdóttir, Anna María (2020). The Restorative Potential of Icelandic Nature. International journal of environmental research and public health. 17 , 9095
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This study aimed to investigate if proposed restorative attributes according to attention restoration theory and supportive environment theory could be experienced and identified in Icelandic landscape and contribute to a restorative experience in nature sites in rural Iceland. A prospective mixed-method study was conducted over the period of one year. Seven different nature sites that were considered likely to have restorative qualities were selected for the evaluation i.e., three forest sites, three seashores, and one park in and in the vicinity of Ísafjörður, Iceland. Each site was evaluated regarding how the participants experienced its restorative qualities and how a stay therein affected their mental state. Nature visits were offered once a week, where the participants visited one of the seven locations for two hours. The findings show that the participants perceived and experienced nature sites as having the characteristics of a restorative environment and that staying at the nature sites positively affected their mental state. External conditions, like weather, which can affect nature visits, were rarely a hinderance. Thus, it can be concluded that numerous coastal areas, forests, and parks in Iceland, especially in rural areas, might possess restorative qualities as well. This result shows that wild and open nature in North West Iceland has the characteristics of a restorative environment and can be utilized for health promotion.

Authors/Creators:Kristjánsdóttir, Harpa Lind and Sigurðardóttir, Sigrún and Pálsdóttir, Anna María
Title:The Restorative Potential of Icelandic Nature
Series Name/Journal:International journal of environmental research and public health
Year of publishing :2020
Article number:9095
Number of Pages:21
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 501 Psychology > Applied Psychology
Keywords:nature-based rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, salutogenesis, restorative environment, health promotion, blue health, forestry, perceived sensory dimensions, landscape architecture
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Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology (until 2020)
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2020 10:23
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