Do you want to take the backpacker line at folk high school? What about the extreme sports line at folk high school?

You get folk high school, backpacking and extreme sports on the line Backpacker / Ekstremsport. Experience surfing in Norway, Denmark and Portugal, backpacking in the Nordics and Europe, skiing and snowboarding in Trysilfjellet, kiting, trail cycling, canyoning, rafting, glacier hiking and much more. 

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You can apply from…

1. October

Prior knowledge

- You do not need any prior knowledge  
- You must want to challenge yourself 

From "Cold Hawaii" to hot Portugal!

Surf, ski, board, kite and much more, with Norway and Europe as playgrounds.

Illustrated icon of person in ski lift

Season pass in Trysil

… And railpark at school!


148 480 -En suite room

141 260 -Room with shared bathroom

Supported by the State Loan Fund

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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, in Denmark and in Portugal. Skiing and snowboarding take place in Trysil and on a study trip 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 get to 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.

At Elverum Folk High School, there are plenty of dedicated and fun teachers, friends for life and so much more. 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, 2019/2020

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 school we have kite equipment, bodyboards and slack line. We have video editing rooms and film equipment.

You get to join surfing, kiting, skiing and boarding, trail biking, climbing, hiking, glacier hiking, canyoning, rafting, wakeboarding and much more. Together we perpetuate the knowledge and experiences.

Study trips with backpacking and extreme sports line

  • Jæren - Surf
  • Klitmøller - Surf
  • Scandinavia - Backpacking
  • Kitecamp - Femunden
  • Europe - Ski / board
  • Spain / Portugal - Backpacking and surfing

The first study trip goes to the fantastic Jæren. The area 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.

Surf trip to Cold Hawaii, Klitmøller. Denmark's west coast is world famous for good surfing. We live in "Cold Hawaii" and post several surfing sessions every day. There will also be a visit to "Bunker beach", a beach with bunkers from World War II filled with graffiti.

Backpacking in Scandinavia. We set up an itinerary through some of Scandinavia's highlights. Exciting travel destinations can be Copenhagen, Gothenburg and / or Stockholm.

Kitecamp at FemundenGroup trip with kite training on Norway's second largest frozen lake. 

Backpacking in Europe. We backpack through Europe and ski and board in hidden gems of ski destinations.

Backpacking in Spain / Portugal. We travel through Europe and end up at a surf camp in Portugal.

Regarding Covid-19

Due to Covid-19 and constant changes in the infection situation, it is difficult to say for sure for the coming school year. But we follow all infection control advice and travel advice given by the authorities. We plan for an almost normal school year, and so that all travel can take place as normal. But we will work out good alternative solutions if this is not possible. Destinations on study trips can be added elsewhere (including domestically) if natural disasters or other external and extraordinary circumstances occur which the school does not control, and which significantly affect the implementation of the trip. No financial compensation is normally given for this.

Surfers give each other the knuckle

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