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Adventure Guide Program - Norway

Outdoor Adventure Guide Training & Qualification Course

Duration

12 Weeks

Location

Norway

Description

Our Norway Adventure Guide Program offers you an epic 12 weeks in one of the most impressively rugged landscapes in the world. The rich folklore and history only amplifies the awe-inspiring nordic features such as fjords and glaciers. You will constantly have new landscapes to explore and be inspired by. You will walk away with outdoor instructor certifications in hiking, rock-climbing, glacier walking and international wilderness first aid, ensuring your place as a future leader in nature or as someone capable of travelling to any adventure location in the world!

2022

17 Jun - 8 Sep

2023

16 Jun - 7 Sep

WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE GUIDE PROGRAM?

An Adventure Guide Program is the first step in your dream of becoming an outdoor adventure guide. Your time on this 12-week course will be split between practical and theoretical training, while you explore Norway and gain world-recognized hiking qualifications and rock climbing certifications!

 

This program gains participants the following guiding qualifications:

  • Industry standard Trekking Leader Qualification
  • Industry standard Rock Climbing Supervisor Qualification
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Guiding
  • International Wilderness First Aid Certification

 

WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM?

Never-ending fjords, huge mountain landscapes and stunning scenery at every turn, Norway really is the mountain jewel of Scandanavia.

In this epic 12-week program in Norway, we will hike to remote mountain tops while gaining expansive views over deep blue fjords, learn about Norway’s culture and unique environmental features, dine with the lovely locals and explore some of the best rock climbing and hiking spots on the planet.

You’ll also be trained to the level of world recognised hiking and climbing qualifications and your Wilderness First Aid certification. Upon completion, you’ll have the essential tools to be a competent outdoor adventurer.

 

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WHY NORWAY?

The essence of Norway’s appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. We are talking Incredible fjord landscapes, with rock walls emerging straight out of the deep blue fjords, large National parks, untouched nature, and huge glaciers. Enjoying nature in Norway is very much an active pursuit, and this is one of Europe’s most exciting and varied adventure-tourism destinations.

In Norway we have our own word for living in and with nature: Friluftsliv (free-air-life). Spending a lot of time and doing activities like hiking and climbing is a big part of the Norwegian national identity. So no wonder Adam Ondra chose Norway for his 4 year project of the hardest climb in the world - silence 9C. Sogndal is the perfect base as it is located in the middle of 4 national parks, 10 min from one of the biggest climbing areas in norway. But it is not only all about nature, Norway also has a lot of interesting history and loads to offer culture wise.

 

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

This outdoor adventure program is suitable for anyone who wants to embark on a career to become a global guide, or simply to challenge their own understanding of what it means to take on the wild. Gain skills you'll use your whole life as a hiker, climber and lover of exploring untouched regions. Bring on the adventures!

Includes

  • 12-week adventure tourism training and qualification program based in Norway
  • Accommodation and food allowance during training
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Peer leadership days to facilitate logbook requirements
  • Industry standard Trekking Leader qualification
  • Industry standard Rock Climbing Supervisor qualification
  • International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Adventure Guiding
  • One week glacier course focused on traveling on Glaciers and Crevasse Rescue
  • Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills
  • Very personalized small group experience, maximum of 12 participants

Prerequisites

  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18-35 years old at the time of commencement
  • Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!

STRUCTURE

A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.

WEEK ONE: Orientation/Exploration, Sogndal

Velkommen til Norge!

On arrival in picturesque Sogndal, you’ll be met by your instructor. After a comprehensive program briefing you’ll immerse yourself in the epic nature surrounding your new home base. Your days will be spent digging into the country’s landscape, climbing and hiking locations and getting to know your fellow participants. Preparation is key and throughout this first week we will make sure we are ready for the epic experience ahead.

You’ll discuss the learning outcomes for the program, spend time participating in team bonding exercises, play various games and have time to explore your new back yard! It’s a really great few days in which you’ll form new friendships with your Pure Ex crew, many of which will be lifelong!

WEEK TWO: Hiking Module 1, Sognefjorden

We will start off with discovering the wider surroundings of Sogndal. This week the focus is on getting our systems dialed and getting good at navigation. We will get a great view over the city, we will visit Austerdalsbreen and explore the amazing UNESCO World heritage -Nærøyfjord .

Hike Module 1 will introduce you to day-hikes, overnight hikes, navigation, weather and map reading then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership.

WEEK THREE: Rock Climbing Module 1 and Wilderness First Aid

Time to hit the rocks!

You’ll spend the week learning and absorbing the different techniques involved in rock climbing, including vital safety precautions, harnessing, belaying, rappelling, and, of course, climbing.

Our Instructors are all highly qualified and experienced rock climbers, so all climbing is undertaken with qualified supervision to ensure the safest possible learning environment. This means you can concentrate on learning, taking in the amazing Norwegian environment, relaxing and having a great time!

For the duration of your medical training week and have plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the fantastically diverse surroundings. Wilderness first aid is a key component of any adventure guides skill set and by the end of this week you will be well versed in these practices.

WEEK FOUR: Hiking Module 2, Jotunheimen

You will start off your week by climbing Galdhoppigen (2469m) - the highest mountain in Scandinavia.Then you will embark on a 3-day hike in the incredible Jotunheimen national park - known as “Home of the Giants” - you will be met with mountain slopes rising steeply from emerald lakes and also glaciers for good measure.

We will work on location awareness using a map and land features as well as starting to get in the mindset of hiking with a group. This includes efficient group hiking rhythm and pace as well as managing rest breaks.

WEEK FIVE: Rock Climbing Module 2, Sageflaten/Beachen

On the second rock climbing module we will be testing your endurance and your courage every day, discovering what you are truly capable of achieving with your mind and body. The scenery will simply take your breath away and with some truly unique features and waterfalls there will always be something to explore.

Our instructors will make sure that you can start to instruct small groups and demonstrate safety management skills in this module.

WEEK SIX: Hiking Module 3, Breheimen

The landscape of the Breheimen national park has been formed by glaciers, landslides and other geological processes that have taken place over hundreds of thousands of years. Today, everything from lush valley grazing areas to rugged high mountains and glaciers are found in Breheimen, which is one of the most diverse national parks in Norway. On a hike in Breheimen, you will experience the peacefulness of nature in the valleys and rugged mountain landscape. In the summer, you may come across grazing livestock near the many upland farmsteads.

WEEK SEVEN: Rock Module 3, Kvam/Mannen

For our third climbing module we will be back at the Kvam climbing field which has become Norway’s largest climbing field with over 400 routes. It is where we will find everything we need to make sure everyone gets the challenge they are after. The group will be spoiled for choice here!!!

WEEK EIGHT: Glacier Course, Jostedalen/Jotunheimen

The coolest week of the program (literally)! You will spend 5 days on some of the most amazing glaciers in Norway. You will get a thorough introduction to traveling on blue ice and snow covered glaciers. You will be rappelling into Crevasses and learning how to do efficient crevasse rescue. 

WEEK NINE AND TEN: Rock Climbing and Hiking Modules 4, Hardandervidda/Kvam

This week you will set out on the longest hike yet! You will cross the Hardangervidda - europe’s biggest mountain plateau. You will get to experience both the west side, which is dominated by rocky terrain and expanses of bare rock, and the east side, which is much flatter and more heavily vegetated. Being out in the wilderness for 6 days will not only put your skills to the test but also yourself and will show what you might need to work on and what you excel at! Our last night of the hike we will camp at Trolltunga, which is no doubt one of the most awe-inspiring cliffs in Norway, situated about 1,100 meters above sea level and hovering some 700 metres above Lake Ringedalsvatnet.

For your final rock climbing modules, you will work with your instructor to identify the best location for the group. The options are endless and so the question will be whether you want to climb at your favourite previous location or try a new challenge!! At the end of this modile you will be ready for assessment and be able to work independently without supervision leading small climbing groups.

WEEK ELEVEN AND TWELVE: Assessment, Peer Leadership and Program Wrap

PEER LEADERSHIP
Throughout your program we will facilitate time to jump into guiding! You’ll have the opportunity to lead one another and practice teaching your new found rock and bush skills! Each individual will have a minimum of 5 days as a lead or associate guide in bush walking and rock climbing.

ASSESSMENTS
At the end of each module you’ll need to buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your assessments. We’ve had a fantastic pass rate so far of 98%, so as long as you do the hours and are fit and healthy and raring to go, you’ll be sweet! As well as completing your 2 x disciplines to qualification standard, you’ll also complete an International Wilderness First Aid Certificate to add to your repertoire.

PROGRAM WRAP
After assessments are over, there is a good chunk of time to rest, reflect on your adventure and celebrate at a fun graduation dinner! You’ll also have time to start planning your next epic international mission with your new best mates!

We absolutely love seeing where our Pure Ex grads end up. Some alumni end up in guiding roles whilst others continue to travel, return to their study or their careers. In the past we’ve also employed our graduates, placing them in various roles at Pure Exploration and with our sister company, Pacific Discovery! Upon completion of program Pure Ex graduates may also find that they have established new priorities and new values. The journey of self discovery truly is ongoing!

 

NOTES

This is a sample guide to what you can expect to do on the program. Please note that treks, locations and the order in which the activities occur  may be subject to change, due to seasonality, operational requirements or health & safety.

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

Other Pure Ex Programs
We have a number of exciting programs in a range of countries that you may be keen to experience. These include:

Expedition Leader Program - For those keen to push their skills in high alpine regions, and begin to specialise in altitude and advanced technical hiking. A global course that finishes in the Himalayas

Outdoor Instructor Program - This is an accelerated, practical immersion program, which offers a unique pathway from training to employment in the outdoor industry.

Adventure Guide Program New Zealand - A fan favourite and for good reason! Mountains, beaches and everything in between! Become a certified where it all began!