The Arctic Adventurer - Do you have it in you? Could you see yourself as an adventure guide in the Arctic's wild nature? Are you at your best when you lead and inspire people in the outdoors, giving them the experience of their life? If you want to spend more time in the most awesome and challenging, yet vulnerable nature imaginable, you can stop looking. With the one-year Arctic Nature Guide-education in Spitsbergen, we guarantee you a year of adventures. Followed by a working life of outdoors, where you meet nature every day, in every way. What's there not to love?
Safe Guiding in the Arctic, Value-based Guiding and Teaching Arctic Nature and Arctic safety and field leadership are courses taught throughout the whole of the academic year. They are mainly practically oriented, but also includes a theoretical approach. Safe Guiding in the Arctic and Value-based Guiding and Teaching Arctic Nature includes field trips of longer and shorter durations in the varied Arctic nature throughout the year. Arctic safety and field leadership comprises concentrated courses in arctic safety as Polarbear safety, Arctic First aid, sea ice navigation, navigation and communication, using a Zodiac and a snow scooter. Planning risk analysis, HSE, quality assurance and situational leadership.
The History of Svalbard taught during two weeks in the beginning of the second semester. The point of departure of the course is the gradual colonization and exploration of the circumpolar Arctic from pre-historic times until the modern period.
Future employment opportunities may be found primarily in guiding activities in the Arctic region. After completing the study programme, students will have gained expertise that will be relevant for employment on the mainland in outdoor recreation, tourism, education, culture and environmental stewardship, as well as in voluntary organizations. The tourism industry in Svalbard is unique in both national and international contexts; amongst other things, by having a strong concentration of nature-based tourism enterprises in which the guide has a central role in value creation, and where activities take place in a vulnerable and extreme environment.
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AS-203 Arctic Safety and Field Leadership, 14 ects (UNIS) https://www.unis.no/course/as-203-arctic-safety-and-field-leadership/
AS-203 Arctic Safety and Field Leadership, 14 ects (UNIS)
1. Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.
2. In addition, you must document a driving licence, category B (passenger car, etc.) or category S (snowmobile) valid in Norway.
For more information, see EEA Regulations
3. Relevant practical experience requirements
Relevant practical experience for admission to the Arctic Nature Guide program is:
- Work experience as a nature guide, equivalent to a minimum 6 months full time/100 % Or
- Work experience as an officer, outdoor leader or teacher, equivalent to a minimum 6 months full time/100 %
Experience from active outdoor life (eg. volunteer as instructor in winter sport or outdoor life, participation in expeditions or organized outdoor activity, experience as glacier- or climbing instructor) or education in outdoor life can replace lack of work experience. All experience must be equivalent to a minimum 6 months full time/100% and must be documented with valid reference letter.
All work experience, must be documented with a valid employment reference letter.
Please note that the testimonial shall include the dates of starting and ending the employment/activity and the weekly hours of employment/activity.
Limited number of places each fall.
Student-centred teaching and learning methods with problem-based learning approaches, project work, group work, practical and methodical work with guidance are used throughout the study program, in addition to lectures, discussions and the use of ICT. In other words, this involves a lot of self-directed and practical work indoors and outdoors for students. A large part of the study program takes place in nature and includes practical exercises and the development of experience. Guide role experience will be obtained through a practical training period. This period will be carried out as interval sessions in the autumn semester and in a longer period in the spring semester. The period should consist of about 150 hours in total. The candidate will formulate a plan for the period, which must be approved by the teacher. The criteria for the period are given in a separate document, which candidates will receive at the start of the studies.
The following requirements must be approved before the candidate may be allowed to
take the exam: