Scandinavian Sea Kayaking and Backpacking

Credit: Fredrik Norrsell

Scandinavian Sea Kayaking and Backpacking

Explore beyond the Arctic Circle

Find new challenges on this expedition that combines backpacking and sea kayaking. Smell the salt of the ocean as you check the wind for the day’s trip. Walk along coastal tide pools and study their ecology in the Arctic twilight. Soak in the area’s history as you visit coastal communities and learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the local Sami people. Spend your days hiking hard and your evenings savoring meals cooked on a camp stove. 

On this expedition, you’ll split your time between backpacking and sea kayaking. On the sea kayaking section, you’ll paddle Norway’s ocean fjords and tiny islands, starting with the basics and moving to more advanced skills. On the backpacking section, you’ll dig into the skills you need for outdoor living and navigating the Arctic tundra and peaks without a trail. As you grow in your outdoor skills, you’ll also focus on leadership—skills like communication, tolerance for adversity, and decision making. Leadership won’t just be a discussion topic. You’ll practice it every day as you and your group work together to meet your goals. This course is your opportunity to gain self-awareness about your leadership style and exercise it with a group of your peers. In the end, you’ll bring home leadership skills and experience, memories of a unique place you’ll treasure, and the ability to continue exploring on your own trips.



2019 Dates

June 13 – July 12, 2019

Tuition: $7,375

July 4 – Aug. 2, 2019

Tuition: $7,375


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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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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics


Abisko, Sweden / Katterjåkk, Sweden

Fly in/out

Stockholm or Kiruna, Sweden

Skills learned


Sea Kayaking

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What Our Grads Say

“The fjords of arctic Norway and Sweden were absolutely breathtaking. The experience was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I wanted to be challenged and I was. Everyday! I was expecting to meet some great people, but I didn't realize I would leave with friendships that would last a lifetime.”

— Brock A., NOLS Scandinavian Sea Kayaking and Backpacking grad

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