Outdoor Handy

Do you want to be more practical and at the same time be out in nature a lot? Do you want to learn how to use a chainsaw, set up simple buildings and do various forms of woodwork? Then this is the major for you!

Food and gathering

Do you want to grow your own food, try fishing, butcher, smoke and use the food we grow and harvest in the best possible way? We will cook gourmet food on a fire under the open sky and build a stone pizza oven and bake the most delicious pizzas.

You will learn:

  • Chainsaw Certification
  • Work with forge
  • Make your own knife
  • Construction of simple buildings
  • Cooking outside
  • Slaughter, gathering and food conservation

You will also be involved in:

  • Landscaping
  • Cabin trips
  • Self-rescue, hunting and fishing
  • First aid course
  • Woodwork
  • Renovation
  • Repair/fixing of equipment


19.000,- NOK including all trips and activities.

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


The teacher: Morten Brorson Johansen

Morten is a typical Northerner, with big words and phrases, but with his heart in the right place. He is a educated teacher and hunting instructor, and has worked as a folk high school teacher for over 10 years. Enjoys training, hunting, carpentry and cooking exclusive dishes from home-grown ingredients. Morten loves being out in nature, gliding over calm water in a canoe, playing guitar by the fire and enjoying a cup of black campfire coffee.

Your major at Nordvestlandet 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.

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. Høgtun 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.