Do you fancy magical descents on skis, climbing steep cliffs and climbing airy peaks? A year of skiing, climbing and mountain peaks in spectacular surroundings. Study trip to the climing paradise of Kalymnos!

Full focus on skiing, climbing and awsome experiences

There is little that beats the feeling of skiing down an untouched mountainside, the fantastic view when you climb a mountain peak, or the feeling of mastery when you conquer a new climbing route. If you choose skiing and climbing at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole, you get to fill a whole year with just these experiences, and more, together with others who are passionate about the same thing!

Study trip to Kalymnos in Greece

In November we go to Kalymnos in Greece. Kalymnos is a Greek island famous for its many great climbing spots. The main activity on the trip is of course climbing, but you will also experience Greek culture and food. After a nice day of climbing we could end the day with a swim in the Meditarian sea. Greece is like Norway in the Schengen area (EU), and if you need a Visa to study in Norway - that visa is also valid in Greece, so there is no extra paperwork for non-EU students.

In the mountains for all seasons

This is the major for those who want full focus on climbing, skiing and reach mountain peaks in spectacular surroundings. We focus on various aspects of outdoor life, skiing and climbing, and you will learn a lot about planning trips and traveling in the mountains in all seasons. During the year, you will find that you perform better in the climbing wall both inside and outside, and becomes a better skier.

You will get to learn:

  • Sport climbing and abseiling
  • Routines for climbing several lengths of rope
  • Trip planning and safe travel in the mountains
  • Map/compass and terrain assessment
  • Accommodation outside autumn and winter
  • Introduction to group dynamics and psychology
  • Avalanche rescue

You also get to try:

  • Study trip to Kalymnos
  • Summit tours and free skiing
  • Camera training
  • Ice climbing
  • First aid
  • Bouldering


Follw Alpine Adventure - Kalymnos on Instagram for photos and videos of everyday life at this course.

The teacher: Ingri Løseth

Ingri is a qualified lecturer from the Norwegian University of Applied Sciences with a master's degree in sports and outdoor life. In addition, she has courses in kayaking and climbing. Former cross-country skier, but when she discovered skiing and mountain climbing, there was no going back. She is fond of all forms of outdoor life, and greatly appreciates good nature experiences together with others.

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The school has access to very good sports facilities and is well equipped for many types of activities. You must still have some personal equipment:

  • Hiking equipment for all seasons
  • Climbing equipment
  • Ski equipment (randonee/telemark).

We have discount agreements with various stores/online stores.

See the complete equipment list for Alpine Adventure - Kalymnos.


35.000,- NOK including activities and trips - also the study trip to Kalymnos.

To get an overview of what your year at Nordvestlandet will cost, visit our economy page.

Our expectations of you:

  • You should be positive about moving a lot in the mountains
  • Wanted to test some limits on steep terrain
  • Positive contributions to the classroom environment

Would you like a year of outdoor life at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole, but are not quite sure which major to choose? Read the article Which outdoor major at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole is right for you?

Climbing both indoors and outdoors

In the autumn, we deal with sport climbing both indoors and outdoors, and you will have the opportunity to take a climbing card if you don't already have one. You learn to be a good rope partner, and you also get an introduction to climbing on natural belays - climbing at its most exciting and challenging!

In winter and on wet days, we move the climbing inside, and make use of various indoor walls. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic climbing hall very close to the school. When the cold sets in and the waterfalls freeze, you will also get an introduction to ice climbing with crampons and an ice axe.

Your major at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole will be taught three days of the week. You will also attend the Learning norwegian class. In addition you can choose some electives. Read more about our electives here.

Mountaineering and ski touring

The school's surroundings offer majestic mountains that you can both ski and hike on. Innerdalen, the Sunndal alps, the Romsdal mountains and the Sunnmørs alps will be our playground. In autumn you will get to experience amazing hikes and we will try mountaineering and trad climbing. In winter and spring we shift our focus to skiing in both the mountains and ski resorts.

You will get instructions in free-skiing, alpine or telemark, on your level. We focus on skiing safely and have avalanche safety classes. We also learn more about planning safe trips, group dynamics, orientation and assessing different types of terrain. Together we will hunt good and safe snow and look for exciting trips in fantastic surroundings.

Skiing week in Oppdal

In February the whole school will travel to the Oppdal ski resort. We are going to live in cabins at IMI-Stølen which has a lot of good facilities and cosy rooms!

Here we will have a good time skiing and relaxing in the cabins afterwards. A lot of proficient instructors will accompany us and you will receive lessons to suit your skiing level. We offer classes in alpine and telemark skiing as well as snowboarding and cross country skiing.

Friluftsliv at Nordvestlandet

There are a lot of folk high schools that offer friluftsliv classes all around Norway, so why should you choose one at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole?

In addition to our fantastic teachers and staff, we might have the best location for friluftsliv in the country. Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole is on the northwest side of Norway with amazing nature for sports and friluftsliv. A lot of the mountains around our school are at 1500 -1900 meters above sea level and are perfect for hikes with or without skis. On skiing trips you can easily get to ski down 1600 meters. 

Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole is located by the sea and there are great water sports and windsurfing opportunities right by the school. Boats and kayaks are free to rent for our students at all times. Hoddevika and Stad are also very close by, these places are great for surfing as well. Additionally, it is not far to drive to ski resorts such as Oppdal with Norway's biggest ski area, Bjorli with Norway's longest skiing season, Tusten ski resort in Molde and Stranda ski resort with amazing off-piste skiing. 

If you find it hard to choose an outdoor major, you can read our article about which outdoor major is right for you here.