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Arctic Nature Guide - one year programme


Duration:1 År
Credits (ECTS):60
Admission requirements:Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English, and relevant practical experience requirements
Application deadline:

Nordic applicants: April 15

International applicants: 15 November. Application code 2063

Application code:

9500 Nordic applicants

2063 International applicants

Programme description

Safe Guiding in the Arctic, Value-based Guiding and Teaching Arctic Nature and Arctic safety and field leadership are courses taught throughout the whole of the academic year. They are mainly practically oriented, but also includes a theoretical approach.

Safe Guiding in the Arctic and Value-based Guiding and Teaching Arctic Nature includes field trips of longer and shorter durations in the varied Arctic nature throughout the year.

Arctic safety and field leadership comprises concentrated courses in arctic safety as Polarbear safety, Arctic First aid, sea ice navigation, navigation and communication, using a Zodiac and a snow scooter. Planning risk analysis, HSE, quality assurance and situational leadership.

The History of Svalbard taught during two weeks in the beginning of the second semester. The point of departure of the course is the gradual colonization and exploration of the circumpolar Arctic from pre-historic times until the modern period.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) FRI-2580 Safe guiding in the Arctic - 20 stp. FRI-2581 Value-based Guiding and Teaching in Arctic Nature - 20 stp.
2. sem. (spring) SH-201 Svalbards historie - En introduksjon - 6 stp.

Learning outcomes



General competence

Teaching and assessment

Student-centred teaching and learning methods with problem-based learning approaches, project work, group work, practical and methodical work with guidance are used throughout the study program, in addition to lectures, discussions and the use of ICT. In other words, this involves a lot of self-directed and practical work indoors and outdoors for students. A large part of the study program takes place in nature and includes practical exercises and the development of experience. Guide role experience will be obtained through a practical training period. This period will be carried out as interval sessions in the autumn semester and in a longer period in the spring semester. The period should consist of about 150 hours in total. The candidate will formulate a plan for the period, which must be approved by the teacher. The criteria for the period are given in a separate document, which candidates will receive at the start of the studies.

The following requirements must be approved before the candidate may be allowed to

take the exam:

Language of instruction


Job prospectives

Future employment opportunities may be found primarily in guiding activities in the Arctic region. After completing the study programme, students will have gained expertise that will be relevant for employment on the mainland in outdoor recreation, tourism, education, culture and environmental stewardship, as well as in voluntary organizations. The tourism industry in Svalbard is unique in both national and international contexts; amongst other things, by having a strong concentration of nature-based tourism enterprises in which the guide has a central role in value creation, and where activities take place in a vulnerable and extreme environment.