Cultural Carrying Capacity

Visitors or tourism operations or activities must not change Sámi culture, including handicrafts, beliefs, traditions or customs, either directly or indirectly. The cultural carrying capacity is considered to have exceeded if the productisation or representation of Sámi tourism is perceived or found to be detrimental to the preservation or development of Sámi culture or its transmission to future generations. If touristic operations, activities or visitors are found to directly decrease the forms of expressions of Sámi culture, this is seen as exceeding the cultural carrying capacity. An example of this is the use of the Sámi dress: if even just one Sámi person chooses not to wear the Sámi dress to avoid the tourist gaze or being photographed by visitors, this is seen as exceeding cultural carrying capacity.