A year filled with awsome experiences! We pack our backpacks and go to the mountains, forests and sea. Campfires and sleeping in tents are everyday life with us! You get to explore spectacular nature in Norway and the Northwest.

Fantastic experiences close to nature

Do you dream of long trips with a rucksack on your back and nights spent in a tent? Do you want to fill your days with mastering outdoor life, in the company of good friends? Whether you are an outdoor noob or a pro, Outdoor Explore - Norway is a major that offers fantastic experiences, close to nature. This is the major for you who want to discover new aspects of yourself through wonderful nature experiences, and simply want to be good at being outside.

Versatile outdoor life

Explore. A word that contains a lot and embraces widely. The major Friluftsliv Explore does the same. In this major, we focus on a versatile outdoor lifestyle with a wide range of activities. We visit many different activities over the course of a year, and you get to explore both near and far natural areas.

You will learn:

  • Navigation and map reading
  • Tour planning in groups and alone
  • Plan and carry out overnight trips
  • First aid
  • Avalanche rescue
  • Cooking on tour
  • Basic skills in a variety of outdoor activities

You also get to try:

  • Mountain tours on foot and on skis
  • Tent tours / Cabin tours / Snow cave tour
  • Sea kayaking and canoeing
  • Via Ferrata
  • Cooking on a fire
  • Canyoning

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.


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 - Norge for a more detailed overview.


19.000,- NOK including all the trips and lessons.

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


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Our expectations for you:

  • That you are motivated for versatile outdoor life
  • That you are ready for trips in all kinds of weather
  • That you contribute positively to the class and school 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?

Get experienced

Here you really get to test out outdoor life, summer and winter. You simply get good at being outside! Here you acquire knowledge and tricks that will make you a keen outdoorsman. Throughout the year, you will learn to be safe in nature both alone and with others, and you will get to challenge yourself in good company with the rest of your class. After this year, you will be better equipped to plan trips, and the goal is for you to feel mastery in the face of nature.

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.

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!

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.