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FRI-2582 Safe guiding in the Arctic - 20 stp

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Type of course

The course can't be taken as a single course.

To enrol the course the student must have passed the first year of the Bachelor programme of Arktisk friluftliv og naturguiding.

Course overlap

FRI-2580 Safe guiding in the Arctic 20 ects

Course contents

The course is taught throughout the whole of the academic year. It is mainly practically oriented, but also includes a theoretical approach. It includes field excursions and courses of longer and shorter duration in the varied nature of the Arctic.

The course content is related to the content of the first year in the bachelor program in Alta. This year is a high arctic specialization, in a nature and climate that raise high demands on the students’ personal skills, mental strength and group awareness. The course aims to gradually build-up the candidate’s expertise in hiking, skiing and camping in the Arctic nature. The course content and learning outcome is harmonized with the Specification of competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities of the International Mountain Leader in accordance with the UIMLA standard, managed in Norway by the Norwegian Nature Guide Association.

Main training courses and field trips:

Obligatory prerequisites

FRI-1440 Arctic friluftsliv and outdoor leadership 1, FRI-1441 Arctic friluftsliv and outdoor leadership 2

Objective of the course



General competence

Language of instruction

English is the language of teaching and exam.

Teaching methods

Each student is expected to work 500 hours to achieve the learning outcomes of the subject. A large part of the subject takes place in nature and includes practical exercises and the development of experience. The preparation, execution and follow-up of field trips are important. The field trips will include day trips from Longyearbyen, and multiday excursions. Student-work related to field excursions will be organized in groups. During the course of the academic year, students will be given an increasing degree of leadership responsibility for the planning, execution and follow-up of the field trips. Some topics will be covered in a single course or in a series of courses and includes exercises and practical work. The teaching and learning methods will be student-focused and involve problem-based learning, project work, group work, practical and methodical work with supervision throughout the course, and lectures, discussions and the use of ICT.