Backpacking and extreme sports

Push your boundaries and make memories for a lifetime with a group that loves to travel and challenge themselves. Join us for surfing in Portugal, skiing and snowboarding in Trysil and the Alps, trail cycling, canyoning, rafting, river kayaking, wakeboarding, riverboarding and much more!

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The line is for those who like adrenaline, and who…

  • loves to travel
  • is adventurous
  • is curious about other people and cultures
  • appreciates "slow travel"

Read more: You learn this at Folkehøgskole


Season pass in Trysil

… And railpark at school!

In addition, you have your own wetsuit throughout the school year.

Study trips

  • Fun – Rafting
  • Jæren - Surf
  • Camp Trysil – Skis and boards
  • Snowkiting camp
  • Europe – Skis and boards
  • Europe – Backpacking and surfing

Read about the study tours

Folk high school, extreme sports and backpacking

A year of social life at folk high school, where you also get to try several different extreme sports activities. During the autumn, the focus is on various water activities and in the winter you develop your skills on snow.

Surfing takes place on Jæren and in Portugal. Skiing and snowboarding takes place in Trysil and on study trips in Europe, in hidden gems of ski destinations. You will receive training in equipment, technique and safety from the school's teachers and hired professional instructors. On the line, you can challenge yourself based on your level in the various activities. 

Through backpacking, you get to experience a lot in a short time. We focus on good trip planning, because we will travel safely, environmentally friendly and economically. Planning and travel take place jointly and in small groups. After each trip, we share experiences, photos and film to learn later and take care of the memories.

Have had a fantastic year, thanks to all staff and students!

- Maria Nikoline Klette

At Elverum Folkehøgskole there are dedicated teachers and lifelong friends. If I had been allowed, I would have stayed at school for the rest of my life and learned new, exciting things every single day!

- Synnøve Bysveen

I have experienced so much cool things on the Backpacker/Extremsport line. All the trips and activities we have done this half year have exceeded all my expectations - especially the people. I have made good friends from many different countries 🌍

- Elfride Hageman

I have always been social and enjoyed being with people. At the folk college I have found an environment where I can share my interests and joy with other like-minded people. I'm only half a year into the school year and I've already met people I've come to really like.

- Eirik Sæten


Equipment for backpacking and extreme sports

You get season tickets in Trysilfjellet - Norway's largest ski resort - which can be used freely also outside the teaching. The school has its own rail park for boards and skis, with a large selection of elements for different levels. We produce snow as soon as the cold temperatures come. In the school area we also have a skate ramp.

You can borrow a wetsuit throughout the school year. At the school we have kite equipment, bodyboards and slack lines. At the school we have a video editing room and film equipment.

You need

  • Snowboard/ski equipment
  • Possible back plate
  • Helmet
  • Backpack (60 liters or more)
  • Daypack
  • sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Power Bank
  • Valid passport for the school year + six months
  • European health insurance card
  • Travel insurance

It is an advantage to have a laptop with you for trip planning.

You can join in surfing, kiting, skiing and snowboarding, trail cycling, climbing, mountain climbing, river kayaking, canyoning, rafting, wakeboarding and much more. Together we perpetuate the knowledge and experiences.

Study trips with backpacking and extreme sports line

  • Fun – Rafting
  • Jæren - Surf
  • Camp Trysil – Skis and boards
  • Snowkiting camp
  • Europe – Skis and boards
  • Europe – Backpacking and surfing

Rafting in Sjoa

Sjoa offers wonderful rafting experiences. You will receive thorough instruction in basic paddling and belaying skills, before we tackle classic parts such as the "Golf Stream", "Canyon" and "Kinahole". The river does its best to throw you out of the raft if you're not on guard, or working as a team with your team.

Surf trip to Jæren

Fantastic Jæren is known for its long sandy beaches, and Borestranda is one of Norway's hottest surfing destinations. Here you get good training in basic surfing techniques.

Camp Trysil

Ski in and ski out in Norway's largest ski resort, with access to a hot tub, sports hall, billiards, squash and table tennis. We spend the days on the snow with skis and boards, and visit FlowRider for an indoor surfing session.

Snowkiting camp

In February we go on a kite camp. We rig up the kites, practice kite control and work our way up to freeride and speeding across the vast snow-covered plain with mountains on all sides – a very special feeling.

Skis and boards - Europe

We travel to a ski destination in Europe. Big mountains, sun, miles of newly groomed trails, and gondolas and ski lifts to all mountain peaks!

Backpacking in Europe - surf

In the transition from April to May, we travel to Spain or Portugal for a surf camp, before returning home and ending the school year. On the way to the surf camp, we visit exciting Morocco.

Recap from the 2021/2022 school year (note that some destinations were changed due to Covid)

Surfers give each other the knuckle

Ready to challenge yourself with folk high school, backpacking and extreme sports?