Scandinavian Backpacking

Credit: Cass Colman

Scandinavian Backpacking

Explore beyond the Arctic Circle

Find new challenges in the Scandes Mountains. On this course, head north of the Arctic Circle to backpack and explore some of the oldest landscapes in Europe. Climb high passes and walk along glacier-carved fjords in 24-hour daylight. As you cross wide snow fields and alpine tundra, learn about the area’s ecology. Meet members of the indigenous Sami people and learn about their hunter-gatherer traditions. Your course will start with the basics of living in a mountain range that has quick-changing weather and views that will constantly surprise you. As you travel, you’ll progress to the more challenging skills of navigating without trails and the art of cooking the perfect meal in the backcountry.

In addition to the focus on outdoor skills, leadership will be a key part of this course. You’ll learn about group dynamics as you live with a tight community in the mountains. You’ll practice communication and decision making as you work through finding a route to camp. Physical and mental challenges will teach you about tolerance for adversity. Each day you’ll be in a different leadership role, finding out what your unique style is and how your style supports the team. At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with real experiences that will help you be a leader no matter where you find yourself.



2019 Dates

June 26 – July 25, 2019

Tuition: $6,300


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30 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

6 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Environmental Studies

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Abisko, Sweden / Katterjåkk, Sweden

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Stockholm or Kiruna, Sweden

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