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 Backpacker/Extreme Sport line. Experience surfing in Norway, Denmark and Spain, backpacking in Europe, skiing and snowboarding in Trysilfjellet, kiting, trail cycling, canyoning, rafting, river kayaking 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 Spain!

Surf, ski, board, kite and much more at some of Europe's best spots!

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 Spain. 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.

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, former student

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
  • Helmet
  • Backpack (60 liters or more)
  • Daypack
  • sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • 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. Feel free to bring a skateboard, bicycle and camera - preferably one that can withstand the weather and wind. If you have climbing equipment, snowshoes, a back plate or wrist protectors, it's great to bring them.

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
  • Klitmøller - Surf
  • Camp Trysil – Skis and boards
  • Kitecamp - Femunden
  • Europe – Backpacking and skiing/boarding
  • Europe – Backpacking and surfing

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.

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.

Surf trip to Cold Hawaii, Klitmøller. Denmark's west coast is world-renowned for its good surf. We live in "Cold Hawaii" with surfing sessions every day. There will also be a visit to "Bunker beach", a beach with bunkers from the Second World War filled with graffiti.

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.

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

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

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

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

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?