A sound sport across lovely sceneries and a healthy activity for body and soul, that’s what Nordic Walking is all about.
Already in the 30s people - especially cross-country skiers and biathlete - were using poles for summer training and walking. In the 1980s it was re-discovered in the States, but it wasn't until 1997 that it gained popularity as (Finnish) Nordic Walking. Since then it has been booming.
The special kind of sports might be done with all weathers and uses two specially designed poles to work the upper body while walking. The poles take off strain of knees and ankles and give your body more balance.
Did you know that the South Tyrolean villages Merano, Tirolo, Scena and Rifiano actually feature a total of four Nordic Walking paths? They boast a length of 26 km and an altitude difference of 120 m. The Nature.Fitness.Park® spread over Scena, Monte Hirzer and Merano 2000 provides some 7 Nordic Walking tours, covering the three hiking area of Scena, Monte Hirzer and Merano 2000. Another Nature.Fitness.Park® is found in Naturno with the "Alpine-Well-Fit-Parcours".
In 2008, however, was opened the Nordic Walking Park of the Val d'Ultimo - Alta Val di Non area. It provides 7 routes.