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Norwegian language and culture

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Want to get back in touch with your norwegian ancestors, explore the north part of Norway or just wish to learn a new language? Here, at our school you need no prior knowledge of Norwegian.

You choose one of the major subjects and follow this among norwegian students, but in addition you have 8 lessons a week with norwegian language. We offer major subjects within these areas:

Teaching takes place not only in the classroom, but students are also involved in long and short study tours where they can practice their language and also gain an insight into Norwegian society. 

Students will take part in cultural events at school and in the community. Students on the Norwegian line are integrated with the Norwegian students at the school. They live together in dormitories and socialise with the other students in their free time. A strength of our school is our international community between young people from different countries.

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Vi ønsker med våre fellesturer å styrke skolens felleskap, gjennom å dele fine natur- og reiseopplevelser. Et viktig poeng er også å bli kjent i våre nærområder slik at du lærer litt om hvordan det er å leve i Finnmark og i Barentsregionen, nære naturen og i en region hvor ulike kulturer smelter sammen. 

Finnmarksløpet: Europe's longest dog-sled race

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

As a student at Pasvik Folkehøgskole, you play a central role in Europe's longest and tougthest sled dog race, the Finnmarksløpet. The whole school participates in this event. We operate the checkpoints in Neiden and Øvre Pasvik, where the mushers come to rest with their dogs. You'll get to work with many of the world's best dog handlers and experience the endurance of the Alaskan huskies.


Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

This trip is for the whole school. You can choose from three alternatives: 

  • Canooing: We padle down the pasvik river. Good chance for fishing big trout and pike. We sleep in lavvu or under open sky. 
  • From cabin to cabin: We hike throug the pasvik wood, staying at the open cabins. In the evenings we gather around the camp fire. Perhaps we can meet one of the pasvik bears? 
  • The Schools hut by the sea: We go hiking, visit a fish farm, look at remains from ww2, and fish in the ocean. In the evenings we gather in the living room, playing cards and telling stories. 

The Varanger Fjord

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

At the end of the school year, the whole school travels around the Varanger Fjord. We join Hurtigruta to Vardø, and travel from there with bus. Finnmark and Varanger has a lot to offer, both nature and culture. The birds are coming back this time of year, and there is a good chance for exciting bird watching. Together we enjoy the spring in Varanger! 

Nord-kalottur i mørketida

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

I november ved inngangen til mørketid drar hele skolen på en rundreise hvor vi er innom ulike destinasjoner på Nord-kalotten. Ved Enaresjøen i Nord-Finland besøker vi Siida, et museum om samisk kultur. I Kautokeino får du sjansen til å gå innom den fantastiske sølvsmia Juhls, hvor både selve bygget og smykkene er verdt en titt. Vi besøker også Sametinget i Karasjok. 

I Alta får du to dager hvor du kan bruke fritiden til å gjøre ting du har savnet etter en høst i villmarka. Her kan du bade, shoppe og gå på kafé med mer. Vi besøker Alta museum-verdensarvsenteret for bergkunst og den omdiskuterte Nordlyskatedralen.  

Foreign students

Pasvik Folkehøgskole has a program for foreigners who want to explore life in Norway and learn Norwegian. You follow one of our main subjects and study Norwegian for 8 hours a week. We currently have students from the Netherlands, the U.S., Russia, the U.K. and Scandinavia.

The school

Our school has a climbing wall, a gym, a swimming pool, football fields, ski tracks and three saunas. We have a big dining hall, where students share their meals and a common area with a piano. We have several dorms, which have been renovated recently with single and double rooms. Outside the school there's plenty of opportunities for outdoor life, hunting and fishing. The school also has its own dog kennel with around 30 Alaskan huskies. In summer, we go canoeing and hiking, whereas in winter we go skiing, kiting, and ice fishing. One of the school's three saunas is located right next to the Pasvik river, so you get to watch the northern lights in winter during sauna and get to take ice baths.

Our values

We emphasize tolerance, human dignity and equality. We are concerned with respect for cultural backgrounds, different sexual orientations, identities, political views and views on life. We are proud that our students get involved in everything from the PRIDE parade to solidarity work. Our core values ​​are diversity, human development, community and joy of nature. With us, you get to be exactly who you are.

Courses at the school

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