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Norwegian – Culture/Adventure

Study in Norway! Through this course you experience Norway, Norwegian culture and language in an exiting and adventurous way. We travel through all of Norway and visit the most famous sights. You’ll experience the roaring oceans at Grønningen Lighthouse in the south, and the spectacular Northern lights in Lofoten.

Do you want to learn Nor­we­gian lan­guage and expe­ri­ence Nor­we­gian cul­ture?

Our goal is for you to be able to speak and understand Norwegian according to your own standards. You will learn about Norwegian culture, history, geography and society through exhibitions and by travelling and experiencing Norway first hand. This year will be a ten months long adventure.

Elve­rum Folke­høg­skole is a uni­que board­ing school for stu­dents finis­hed with high school. It offers Nor­we­gian aca­de­mic and Nor­we­gian nona­ca­de­mic cour­ses to all its stu­dents. The school is a one year course with most of its stu­dents being between the ages of 18 and 24. The majority of stu­dents come from all parts of Nor­way, but others have come from the Uni­ted Sta­tes, Europe and countries from all over the world.

Elverum folkehøgskole Norwegian Culture Adventure laying in the mountains

School fee

Room with own bathroom
110 300,- NOK
Room with common bathroom
104 500,- NOK

Detailed school fee information.

Read more about Folk High School: – What is Folk High School?


Susan Ege Andersen

Kristian Wessel Finstad

Create your own schedule.

The school is not a tool to look for per­ma­nent stay or work in Nor­way. The Nor­we­gian course focu­ses on lear­ning the lan­guage and cul­ture. Stu­dents that take the Nor­we­gian course will have class seve­ral times a week along with other core sub­jects such as choir, group acti­vities, discus­sions on world events, and semi­nars with the entire school. Other than that it is up to the stu­dent to create their own sche­dule. You can choose among 30 electi­ves (valg­fag) –  inclu­ding ski­ing and snow­board­ing, kick-boxing, art, digi­tal pho­to­graphy, or soc­cer and much more.

You will be intro­du­ced to the Nor­we­gian writ­ten lan­guage and gram­mar, but we emp­ha­size the oral lan­guage. You will be able to try acti­vities such as dog-sleding, cano­ing, ski­ing, snow­board­ing, white-water raf­ting and explo­ring the Nor­we­gian untouched nature. You will learn about the most famous Nor­we­gian com­po­sers, wri­ters, pain­ters and heroes. Nor­we­gian society and industry is also part of the program.

Inte­rac­ting to learn the Nor­we­gian language.

Stu­dents in the Nor­we­gian course will have plenty of prac­tice when lear­ning the lan­guage, being sub­mer­ged in a «mini» Nor­we­gian society. They will inte­ract around the clock with other Nor­we­gian stu­dents, during bre­ak­fast until sup­per. There are also many acti­vities wit­hin the school year plan­ned and held by the stu­dents. Some have been a «cele­brity wed­ding», vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment, and ladies night.

The aca­de­mic year and holidays.

Stu­dents will have 33 weeks of school total, begin­ning in mid-August till mid-May. Throug­hout the year there will be vaca­tion time as well, one during the fall and win­ter along with a Chris­t­mas and Eas­ter break. During this time the school will be clo­sed. There will also be some week­ends with half day Fri­days and no school on Satur­days. During these week­ends the stu­dents have the opport­u­nity to go home, but the school remains open for stu­dents who choose to stay (food is still pro­vi­ded). Around the school there is much that the stu­dents can take advan­tage of, for example, a soc­cer field, a sand vol­ley­ball court, a skate­board mini-ramp, a lake and in the win­ter there is a snow­board park and a lot of cross coun­try ski slopes.

Non aca­de­mic Nor­we­gian courses.

During the school year we have three theme weeks. The first is  a trip to the moun­tains where all stu­dents and teachers  get to know each other bet­ter. They hike to the top of Glit­ter­tind, Norway’s second hig­hest moun­tain, and also to a glacier. The second theme-week the whole school works with thea­ter and tra­ditio­nal Nor­we­gian fairy tales. Stu­dents will uti­lize their music, art, and acting skills to put on a pro­duc­tion for kids in the the com­mu­nity. If you’re not the per­for­ming arts type, then you can take part behind the sce­nes wor­king with fil­ming, lights, pho­to­graphy og scenography. The final theme-week is Elve­rum folkhighschoolym­pics. The stu­dents are divi­ded into countries and com­pete in events like ice bat­hing, poker, ski­ing and much more.

Norwegian adventure

  • Dogsleding and «Finnmarksløpet»
  • Lofotfiske (deep water fishing in Northern Norway)
  • The Northern lights
  • Hurtigruta
  • Trips along the coastline, the fjords and in the mountains
  • Skiing
  • Canoing
  • Snowboarding/Twin tip
  • White-water rafting
  • Making and sleeping in snowcaves

Norwegian culture

  • Famous Norwegian composers, writers and painters like Edvard Grieg, Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch
  • Exhibits at The National Gallery, Maihaugen, The Munch museum and more
  • Sami reindeer herders in Finnmark
  • Norwegian history and society
  • Norwegian history
  • Norwegian heroes like Fritjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Thor Heyerdal, Helge Ingstad and more
  • Norwegian government today
  • Democracy
  • Norwegian industry


South West: Kristiansand, Mandal, Stavanger


Røros, Trondheim, Ålesund, Sogndal, Bergen

Northern Norway up to Finnmark

Tra­vel with the Nor­we­gian – Culture/Adventure-class.

The Nor­we­gian-class will tra­vel all over Norway. We will expe­ri­ence more parts of Nor­way than the average Nor­we­gian ever has, inclu­ding: the famous moun­tains and the fjords, western Nor­way with Preke­sto­len and the oil museum, southern Nor­way with cabin life by the water, northern Nor­way with it’s Aur­ora Borea­lis (northern lights) and fish­ing in Lofo­ten, just to men­tion a few of the high­lights. We also visit Copenhagen, Denmark.

If that isn’t enough for you then there is plenty to do in Elve­rum even though it’s a small town. There is a bow­ling alley, movie theatre/culture cen­ter, two shop­ping cen­ters, café’s, gym hall, and more. Elve­rums bus sta­tion is also a con­nec­tion to other near cities. Try­sil, one of Norway’s lar­gest and best ski resorts, is an hour away. Forty min­utes in the other direc­tion is Hamar, a lar­ger town than Elve­rum, and two hours away is Oslo, the capital. Our main airport, Gardermoen, is only one hour away.

Admis­sion information.

Once accep­ted, stu­dents will have to obtain a VISA if neces­sary and a resi­dence per­mit from the Nor­we­gian Embassy. More infor­ma­tion and instruc­tions will be pro­vi­ded via mail. Unfor­tu­nately Elve­rum Folke­høg­skole does not offer scholarships.

The tuition inclu­des room, food, school mate­ri­als, field trips and books.