Scandinavian Sea Kayaking and Backpacking

Scandinavian Sea Kayaking and Backpacking


  • Opportunities to see wildlife: reindeer, moose, lemmings, ptarmigans and possibly arctic fox
  • Cultural component: interact with local indigenous Sami people to learn about their history and cultural traditions
  • Potential for non-technical peak ascents
  • Explore Norway and Sweden from the coastlines to forested valleys, arctic tundra, and high peaks
  • Fish for mackerel, halibut, cod, and pollock
The Kingdom of Norway is the westernmost country of the Scandinavian Peninsula in Europe.

Sea kayaking its impressive coastline offers a mix of remote paddling without any human encounters and days where you can purchase fresh food in the small fishing communities that dot the rugged shores.

The Norwegian Sea has a rich marine life, abundant with cod, herring, and halibut, and is home to the largest deepwater coral reef in the world. Your trekking section will start in Norway at fjord level and move to higher elevations that are remarkably unspoiled.

A mix of rolling hills and snow-covered peaks punctuated by glaciers, this area has been home to the indigenous Sami peoples for over two thousand years. Whichever skill you tackle first, you'll walk away with a comprehensive understanding of the land, water, and culture of Scandinavia.


Location NOLS Scandinavia
Tuition $7,100 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $150
Minimum Age 18
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Abisko,Sweden / Riksgränsen, Sweden
Fly in/out Stockholm or Kiruna, Sweden
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“What was most rewarding about my course? The views, meeting new interesting people, and learning cool things about our surroundings and environment from the instructors.”

-Anna N.