“Friluftsliv” is a Norwegian word loosely translated as “open air life” which characterizes Norwegian culture.

Have you ever dreamt of taking long hikes or going on tent trips? Do you want to spend your days learning more about the outdoor life while being surrounded by good friends? Regardless of whether you already have a lot of experience or are a complete beginner – the Friluftsliv Explore class will offer you fantastic nature experiences. If you want to get to know yourself better through outdoor adventures and simply want to get better at being outside – this is a class for you!

Outdoor life

Explore – a word with a broad range of definitions. And just like that, the Friluftsliv Explore class offers a wide range of outdoor experiences with lots of different activities. You will get to explore both local and far-away nature areas.

Our main activities will be:

  • Mountain hikes with and without skis
  • Tent trips / cabin trips / snow cave trips
  • Climbing – indoor

In addition you will get to try:

  • Kayaking
  • Canyoning

...and much more! There is a lot to look forward to!

Get better at being outside

With the Friluftsliv Explore class you will really get to try outdoor life, both in summer and winter. You will simply get good at being outside! You will learn a lot about the outdoor life, especially about being safe in nature, both alone and in a group - but you will also get to challenge yourself. After this year you will have learnt all the necessary tools to plan and carry out trips in the outdoors.

You will learn:

  • Navigating and reading a map
  • Planning and going on short and long trips which include spending the night outside
  • Planning safe trips alone and with others
  • First aid
  • Avalanche safety
  • Making food on a trip
  • Basic knowledge in a lot of outdoor activities

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. Read more about our electives here.

Skiing week in Oppdal

In February the whole school will travel to the Oppdal ski resort. We are gonna live in cabins at IMI-Stølen which has a lot of good facilities and cozy 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 get lessons that suit your skiing level. We offer classes in alpine and telemark skiing as well as snowboarding and cross country skiing. 

We focus on making good memories for life!

They say that shared happiness is doubled happiness and with all our activities we focus on thriving. On the trips with your class you will get to know each other very well and make a lot of new friends. Together you will experience and overcome different activities and you will share lots of memories. You will look back on this year with lots of smiles, challenges and good vibes in good fellowship. Together we will make good memories for life!


To participate in this class you need some equipment, especially hiking gear and mountain skis. Have a look at the equipment list for Friluftsliv Explore for a more detailed overview.

The teacher: Morten Brorson Johansen

Morten is a typical North-Norwegian with his heart in the right spot. He is a qualified teacher and hunting licence instructor and has worked as a folk high school teacher for more than ten years. He likes to work out, hunt, carpenter and prepare elect meals from homemade ingredients. Morten loves to be outside in nature, float over still waters in a canoe, play guitar by the campfire and enjoy a cup of black campfire coffee.


16.000NOK including all trips and activities on the main course.

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


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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