Explore Norway

**This study program does not start until August 2019**

Explore Norway

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We welcome international students

At Hurdal Verk Folk High School you will learn to speak Norwegian, be close to the amazing nature and find Norwegian friends of your own age. Are you thinking about studying in Norway? A year at folk high school is a good prerequisite for success as a student.

Hurdal Verk Folk High School has courses custom tailored to international students who want to learn Norwegian, experience Norwegian nature and culture, and become integrated into a Norwegian environment.

What is Folk High School?

Folk high schools in brief
Folk high schools are one-year boarding schools offering a variety of exciting non-traditional and non-academic subjects, as well as academic subjects. The idea of folk high schools is learning for life, an opportunity to grow both individually, socially, and academically in small learning communities. All students live on campus in close contact with staff and their fellow students. One important part of the folk high school experience is to form a community, in and out of class.

The whole person

The folk high schools do not grant degrees or conduct exams. They are a supplement to the regular education system, with the aim of nurturing «the whole person». You develop knowledge in a subject you will make use of every day for the rest of your life: yourself. By taking away the pressure of grades and exams, you learn to motivate yourself. You choose the topics that interest you, for instance outdoor life activities, theatre, sports, music, creative arts, media and communications, just to mention a few.

Who does it suit?

A year at Explore Norway is suitable for you who:

  • are between 18-23 years.
  • would like to learn to speak Norwegian.
  • want to make Norwegian friends of your own age.
  • want to learn and experience outdoor life in rugged Norway’s landscapes.
  • want to travel around to see mountains, fjords and wonderful nature.
  • want to learn how to ski, both cross country and downhill.
  • love sports and enjoy a good workout.


You will have Norwegian language education together with other international students, while integrated into a school environment with Norwegian students.

Trips and activities

Explore Norway will travel around the country to experience the best Norway has to offer. We may travel north to Tromsø to witness the famous Northern Light (Aurora Borealis) and go whale watching and fishing. We go to western Norway to climb the world-famous “Preikestolen” (Pulpit rock) and “Kjeragbolten”, or even more spectacular Trolltunga and Besseggen, to name some.

At home in Hurdal you can go cross-country skiing during the winter, straight off campus. You can practice downhill skiing or snowboarding, as we have a ski center within walking distance. You may even try ski kiting, dog sledding, canoeing and river kayaking.

  • Bergen, Norway - Bryggen was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.


Oslo, which is only about 50 minutes from our school, has many famous cultural attractions like Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen ski jump and Munch Museum. The student group also have a word in deciding where we travel and what we are going to experience.

We will visit the picturesque city of Bergen on the west coast of Norway. It’s a place that looks so much like a postcard, and many travellers may find it hard to leave the city. “Bryggen” with the yellow, blue, and red wooden houses down at the old wharf have remained intact even after fires from centuries ago, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Mt Floyen and Mt Ulriken we will have a gorgeous views from the top of the fjords.


We are only 30 minutes from Norway’s main airport Oslo Airport, and 50 minutes from the capital Oslo. Nevertheless, our school is situated in rural and beautiful surroundings in a small, idyllic village named Hurdal. We have snow covered grounds in the winter with beautiful ski slopes, and ski center within walking distance. You may experience the true «Winter Wonderland».

Contact us if you have any questions.

Costs Explore Norway

With us you will have your own room, 4 meals ready made every day, access to the washer and dryer, kitchenette with fridge and stove, living rooms, fitness room, gymnasium and other activity rooms.

You can apply now, and we have no deadline for applications. You can apply until the school starts in August.



Enrollment fee NOK 2.200
Diet and lodging

NOK 73.000

Includes 4 meals a day and your room. (Supplement for higher standard rooms – look further down)

Shared costs

NOK 13.900

Includes excursions with the whole school, expenses for shared equipment, copying, internet fee, semester fee, accident insurance, student ID, etc.

Individual expenses

There are extra costs for a few electives

Room supplement

Single room without private bathroom (shared bathroom) 0, –
Double room with en-suite bathroom: NOK 570,- per mth
Newer double room with en suite bathroom (highest standard): NOK 840, – per mth
Newer single room with private bathroom (highest standard): NOK 1.100, – per. mth
Note: We cannot guarantee that everyone gets their first request for room type.

Course cost Explore Norway

NOK 30.000
Includes all Explore Norway excursions around Norway, and all activities. During travels, a minimum of breakfast and one hot meal is included every day.
 TOTAL NOK 119.100

Room supplement is not included.

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