Nordfjord folk high school is situated in Western Norway. The school offers nine month outdoor programs. This page contains a brief summary of some important information for the programs of 2018/2019
Most of the information in our website is in Norwegian. This page will give you only som brief important information. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any queston! E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (00 47) 57 86 80 40.
Nordfjord is the name of a landscape consisting of seven municipalities sorrounding one of Norway´s longest fjords, Nordfjorden. In Gloppen municipality on the southern shore, Nordfjord folk high school was established in 1923. The landscape of glittering fjords, towering mountains, blue glaciers and green valleys is perfect for outdoors and adventures. In 1978, outdoors were introduced as elective subjects. In 2000 the entire school was transformed into an outdoor school (no. "friluftslivskule"). It offers today ten outdoor programs. These are oudoor activities, expedition, norwegian adventures, hunting and fishing, mountaineering, wind and water sports, skiing and surfing, KRIK (christian sports ministry), leadership and residental training.
Some highlights from the Nordfjord landscape is described by photos and text (Norwegian) here.
Folk high school
The term "folk high school" is a literal translation of the Norwegian word "folkehøgskole". However, this translation may give you the wrong idea. Folk high schools are not "high schools" in the sense of upper secondary school institutions designed to prepare students for college or work through exams. Folk high schools are separate from the rest of Norway's educational system. Students can be any age and can have any level of educational experience. Indeed, these are schools for all people, all "folk". However, almost all students who attend folk high schools are young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. And in most of the schools, you have to be 18 years old before you start (source: folkehogskule.no).
Find more general information about folk high schools in Norway at folkehogskole.no (external link)
Although a lot og nights are spend outside, in tents, lavvos, igloos or cabins, most nights are spent in your boarding. Most students live in double rooms together with a room mate. It is also possible to choose single rooms with additional payment if there are any rooms available.
Nordfjord folk high school is owned by the Christian mission organisastion Normisjon, and the school is based on Christian values. You will be met and respected for who you are, whatever believes and values you have.
Although most instructions and classes will be held in Norwegian, we warmly welcome non-Norwegian speakers to the school. Most students and staff speak English quite well, and we will be able to give you information in English during the year. We will offer you a Norwegian class starting up some weeks after the school starts, and we also suggest that you are a little bit prepared before arriving.
See information about the economy (registration fees, guarantees, tution fees and subsistence guarantee)
How to apply?
We start admitting Norwegian students on February 1st. Students are admitted until the school is filled up or until the beginning of the school year. However, if you are a student from outside the European Union (EU), we will accept an earlier application and give you an answer within a few weeks. Then you also have to apply for a residence permit. This can take up to several months.
Photos and film clips
Since much of the information on this site is in Norwegian, it might be a good idea to watch some film clips and photos from the students to get an impression of what we are doing at Nordfjord folk high school. See links below:
Film clips (se also vimeo channel)
General school schedule 2018-2019:
Please, note that we normally teach also on Saturdays.
- 18.: School Opening Celebration
- 17.-21.: Cruise with the three-masted barque “Statsraad Lehmkuhl” to the Shetland island
- 5.-16.: Different projects (School Cabaret, Climbing in Turkey etc.)
- 17.: Family Party and Student cabaret
- 3.-7. Project week
- 17. Christmas Party
- 18. Last schoolday before Christmas
- 3. First schoolday after Christmas
- 21.-25.: Ski School in Hemsedal
- 4.-8.: Project Week (Ski expeditions, sailing etc)
- 2.-4: Outdoor Courses for parents/family ("mini-folk high school")
- 4.: Graduation Party
- 8.: Last school day
Equipment you need to bring :
This is a list of equipment you will need during your stay at the school:
- bedclothes; pillow, pillowcase, quilt, quilt cover and sheet.
- cloth hanger
- alarm clock
- gymnastics clothing, and athletic shoes for indoor and outdoor use.
- hiking boots
- sleeping bag – for outdoor use also during winter.
- sleeping pad
- woollen underwear
- woollen jumper
- warm clothes
- cap, mufflers and scarf
- wind- and waterproof clothing
- rain boots
- rucksack – min. 60 ltr.
- plastic cutlery, plate and cup
- lunch box
- flashlight, headlamp
- skies and skins *
You can get advise from the school if you need to by new equipment. Contact us by phone, letter or e-mail, or wait until you start the school. We can then help you to find the equipment best suited for your stay here.
*Foreign students may rent skies and skins from the school, but be realistic when it comes to the selection.
Laundry and marking of clothes
You can do your laundry at school. You need to mark your clothes and your equipment with your name. We want to inform you that you will have a limited storage space for your clothes, therefore bring only the most important stuff.
Your private belongings are not insured through the school. Make sure that your belongings are sufficiently insured. The school provides a collective accident insurance, and travel insurance in all travels organised by the school. All other travels, f.ex. back and forth from home must be covered by the student´s own insurance.
Subsistence Guarantee from Students outside the EU/EEA Area
Students outside the EU/EEA area are required to document a financial subsistence guarantee, amounting to140 per cent of the “room-and-board minimum fee” as a condition to be granted a residence permit to attend a folk high school in Norway. This applies for all folk high shools in Norway.
A note from the Folk High School's Council explaining these rules may be downloaded here