From the fjords to the mountains
Do you want to experience a year full of adventures and fun with the opportunity to try out lots of activities in Norwegian nature? Then this is a class for you! Through trips, outdoor sports and camping you will get to know the beautiful North West region of Norway at its best. We will try out everything from surfing to ski-touring and we will spend a lot of nights in tents – you will get an unforgettable year full of action and different activities!
Travel less, experience more – adventures right on our doorstep
You do not need to travel far abroad to get exciting adventures in the outdoors – there is plenty of nature experiences on the north west coast of Norway where Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole is located. Here you will find steep mountains, deep fjords and beautiful coasts. Close to the school you can find some of Norway's longest downhill skiing runs, untouched powder snow, surfing beaches and exciting climbing crags. We have forest trails for cycling, mountain lakes for fishing, beautiful northern lights and much more! This region is perfect for outdoor sports – so instead of travelling far we can spend more time exploring this amazing surroundings – in a climate-friendly way.
Lots of outdoor experiences
In the course of the year we will try out many different activities and focus on some in particular. We will for example spend a lot of time on ski-touring in winter, exploring the great touring opportunities close by. All of our activities will be done outside, we will challenge ourselves and also have a lot of fun in class. Maybe you will develop some new talents or find a new hobby throughout the year that you can enjoy for the rest of your life.
You will get to experience:
- surfing and windsurfing
- climbing (you can take a belaying certificate class as well)
- mountain hikes
- mountain biking
- via ferrata
- tent trips
- camping in winter / snow cave
- dog sledding
- cabin trips
- kiting on snow
You will also learn more about:
- using maps and compass
- camping outside
- making a campfire
- climate-friendly outdoor sports
- avalanche theory
- being outside in winter
...and much more. There is a lot to look forward to!
Your main class at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole will be taught three days of the week. In addition you can choose electives for the remaining two days.
Long class trips
Three times during the year we will go on a longer trip than usual with our class.
Trip 1 – September: We travel to the west coast of Norway to places called Stad and Hoddevika where we will learn how to surf. Stad is known to be one of the best surfing destinations in Norway. Here we will get a good introduction to this exciting sport by experienced teachers.
Trip 2 – February: This is going to be a real winter trip! We go with a light backpack, put everything else in a sled and set up a good basecamp. From the basecamp we will go on different skiing trips. We will get used to camping routines and spend cozy evenings around the campfire.
Trip 3 – April: Spring might be the best ski-touring season. If we get the right conditions, we will try out the new touring route in the Romsdal Alps – an amazing trip in majestic terrain. We will spend the nights in cabins. Don't forget your sunglasses and sunscreen on this trip!
An amazing group
Through our trips, activities and challenges our class will soon be a tight knitted group of friends. We will get to know each other well when we stay in tents, eat together and go on trips together. We will have a good time challenging ourselves and we will get some fantastic experiences together this year. Together we make good memories and friends for life!
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.
- ski-touring equipment (skis or splitboard)
- avalanche equipment (avalanche beacon, shovel, avalanche probe – you can also rent this equipment from Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole)
- winter sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack
- wind- and waterproof clothing
- hiking clothing and woollen underwear
Here is a more spesific equipment list.
The teacher: Tor Einar Hovde
Studied at NTNU, Idrettshøgskolen and Høgskolen in Volda. Originally a football guy from Drammen, but learned to love friluftsliv as a student at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole. Has a lot of experience in outdoor sports and is especially fond of skiing, climbing and tent trips. Loves life, good views and quality time in front of a campfire. He is also an educated avalanche and climbing instructor.
Friluftsliv at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole
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 sports class, you can read our article about which outdoor sports class fits you best here