A student on a ridge looks down at a lake while backpacking amid rocky peaks in Scandinavia.
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Scandinavia Backpacking - Adult


14 days


23+ yrs



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Explore beyond the Arctic Circle

Find new challenges in the Scandes Mountains. On this course, join a group of motivated adults and head north of the Arctic Circle to backpack in some of the most rugged landscapes in Europe. Climb high passes and walk along glacier-carved fjords in nearly 24-hour daylight. As you cross wide snow fields and alpine tundra, learn about the area’s natural history and the history of the indigenous Sami people. Your course will start with the basics of living in a mountain range known for quick-changing weather and views that will constantly surprise you. As you travel, you’ll progress to the more challenging skills of navigating off trail and cooking the perfect meal on a camp stove.

In addition to outdoor skills, leadership will be a key part of this course. You’ll learn about group dynamics as you live in a small community in the mountains. You’ll practice communication and decision making as you find routes through high passes and lush valleys. Physical and mental challenges will teach you about tolerance for adversity. Each day you’ll fill a different leadership role, honing your personal leadership style. You’ll go home with outdoor skills, a network of adventure partners, and the leadership skills to positively impact your community.

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