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Adventure Knowledge

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Programme description

The study program is directed at foreign exchange students who through activities wish to learn about Northern Norway. The study programme is suitable for everyone working with human relations as teachers, in the tourism-industry, as art and culture presenters, or in the health service. The students participate in activities encouraging experience and learning. The learning outcomes through activities in different subjects as geology, outdoor activities, art, cultural heritage, and experience-based pedagogy are articulated in essays and blog. The programme is divided into 3 separate courses of 10 ECTS each: Course 1: Experience of Nature Course 2: Experience of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage Course 3: Experience Pedagogy The courses can be taken independently of one another. This makes the courses compatible with other courses offered by Nord university.

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Tuesday 21th August

Room Not available yet (N/A)

Time: 0830 - 1500

Teacher: Arne Fjalstad



  • Introduction to the course:
  • Introduction to Class-fronter
  • Field based activities (in Geology) - a short introduction
  • The formation of continents
  • Last Ice Age in the Salten region


Thursday 23th August

Room N/A

Time: 0815 - 1430

Teacher: Arne Fjalstad



  • Last Ice Age in the Salten region
  • Introduction to field-working
  • Earthcaching
  • Journal writing in the field


Thursday 23th August

Time: 1530 - 1730

Teacher: Arne Fjalstad



Rib-boat-trip from open ocean conditions outside the harbour of Bodø through the passage between two fiord-systems (Saltenfjord/Skjerstadfjord) creating the ¿worlds strongest¿ maelstrom.


Practical information

We will meet up at the Hurtigruta-harbour (see map). You can take bus from the university (Route 1) to bus-stop Orestad park downtown and walk to the premises of the tour-provider Stella Polaris (see sign) close to the harbour-office connected to Hurtigruta harbour, c. 15 min walk from the bus-stop. If you take the bus 1451 o¿clock from the university you will be there in time.

Clothing: Boots that survive some seaspray ¿ other clothing/equipment will be provided by Stella Polaris.


Friday 24th August

0830 - 1600: Geological field trip along the fiord-system Saltenfjord - Skjerstadfiord - Misværfjord

Meet up at the main entrance at the university 0830.

Teacher: Arne Fjalstad



Student-fieldwork mapping glacially formed features, demonstration of the local bedrocks and formation and deglaciation of the fiord-system.


Practical information

We will be out the whole day, so bring with you cloths to stay warm and dry, and lunch/something to drink.


Wednesday Friday: 29th August ¿ 31th September: 3 days round trip Bodø - Engabreen

Start: Meet up at the main entrance of the campus 0830 Wednesday

Teachers: Arne Fjalstad



Quarternary geology, glaciology, geotourism, archeology - further specified in the guidebook. The tour will include a walk on the glacier Engabreen and into two caves: one coastal cave and one karst-cave.


Practical information

Accommodation: 2 nights at Furøy camping at Halsa in Meløy. We will stay in cabins, which are equipped with all needed kitchenware and bedclothes (incl. bath towel).


Equipment for the tour on the glacier: Crampons, ice-axe etc. will be provided by the tour-operator Rocks and river. It is also possible to use boots provided by them, but I strongly recommend you to invest in proper outdoor-boots.


Lunches: All lunches will be outdoor, so prepare and bring with you lunches, and something to drink, for all three days. We will do shopping in supermarkets in the evenings.



We will drive towards Meløy municipality and end up at Furøy camping in the evening. We will have some stops on the route. Arrival at Furøy c. 7 p.m.



Start: Meet up at the car park 0900 (may be changed due to boat-trip)


A day on and at the glacier Engabreen. Take with you lunch and something to drink. Remember warm clothing and sunglasses (see textbox about clothing)!



Start: Meet up at the car park 0900


On the way back to Bodø we will have some stops on different localities.

Arrival Bodø ca. 1630.


Tuesday 4th September

Room: N/A

Time: 0815 - 1130

Teachers: Arne Fjalstad



  • Experiences from the excursion Wednesday ¿ Friday 31th August - 02th September
  • Outdoor Life and Experience based tourism


Tuesday 4th September

Room: N/A

Time: 1215 - 1600

Teacher: Ken Runar Hanssen



Essay-writing in Adventure knowledge; a required outline of how to write your essay-exam in week 37.


Thursday 6th September

Meet up 0900 at Mørkvedhallen

Time: 0900 - 1600

Teacher: Esten Skullerud (?)


Tourism based on Outdoor Life. Canoeing on lake Vatnvatnet as type-example.


Practical information

You need: notebook, pen/pencil, warm clothes as recommended on the glacier (see first page), extra set of dry clothes stored in waterproof plastic bag (just for safety), drinking cup box lunch, soft drink, sausages or hamburger to heat at open fire, sweets/chocolate. Take with you camera (stored waterproof), binoculars, and seating pad, if you have.


Friday 7th September

Meet up 1015 at the main entrance at the university or at Flatvold dormitory (by appointment).

Time: 1015- 1500

Teachers: Arne Fjalstad



Geological field trip to the famous and beautiful beach Mjelle c. 20 km NE of Bodø town-centre. Both bedrocks and ongoing sedimentary process will be studied.


Practical information

You will need warm, dry clothes, lunch box and something to drink, pencil and a small notebook, a camera if you have.


Tuesday 11th September

Room: N/A

Time: 0830 - 1130

Teacher: Arne Fjalstad



Rock cycle: Collected rocks on different trips are put into a rock-cycle

Orientation about the exam.


Friday 14th September

Meet up in Bodøsjøen. Details will be given by Leonie

Time: 1230- 1530

Teacher: Leonie Johann (?):



Mapping life in the tidal zone


Practical information

You will need warm, dry clothes, pencil and a small notebook, a camera if you have.



Home-essay from 14th September 1600 to 21th September 1600

Friday 15th - Friday 22th September


Writing thesis


Published on Fronter Friday 15th September 1600

Hand-in on Fronter before Friday 22th September 1400



NOTE: Clothing

The coastal climate in Northern Norway is unpredictable. Temperatures varies between 6 - 20 0C, in worst cases down to 3-4 0C on the glacier. You have to expect precipitation and you will walk on uneven ground, incl. a glacier. We therefore recommend waterproof outdoor clothing and warm inner clothing (e.g. wool underwear and fleece or wool sweater). Mittens, a beanie, a day-walking sack, and sunglasses is required on a day-trip on the glacier. You also need ankle high light mountain boots that fits crampons. A thermos for hot drinks is warmly recommend, for our outdoor-lunches!

Learning outcomes

The different courses describe specific their different learning outcomes. However, all courses focuses on the natural and cultural landscape of Nordland through geo-, outdoor-, art-, and cultural heritage-experiences. Through different activities the students will, therefore, gain a consciousness and insight of the identity of people, the North-Norwegian society, and the nature people are adapting to.

Career possibilities

Adventure Knowledge provides a great specialization for students who wish to work with programme development, planning or implementation across a range of fields in both public and private sectors, including tourism, culture, social work and education. The package provides a unique experience for teachers.

Further education

The package can be incorporated into a full degree Bachelor programme, either at Nord University or at a partner institution. The package has to be approved by the mother institution.

Study abroad

The programme Adventure Knowledge is directed at foreign students. Norwegian students are also encouraged to join the study programme.


The students are charged for accommodation costs, c. 300 NOK per night, on compulsory field-trips in two of the courses ¿ specified in course-descriptions. No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevant to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission.



General arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Assessment methods

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Graduation requirements

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Programme evaluation

The programme is evaluated via student questionnaire, as well as by the programme coordinator. The evaluations form a part of the university's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 30 Study level Half-year programme and shorter Teaching language
The Faculty of Education and Arts
Course location Bodø