Arctic Adventure Tourism - bachelor


Could you see yourself in a management position in tourism? Are you secretly planning to establish the most awesome adventure company known to human kind? Or would you just like to spend time in the most spectacular arctic scenery imaginable, meanwhile educating yourself in a sustainable profession? Whatever your dreams are, we welcome you to a three year adventure with the Arctic Adventure Tourism bachelor at the University of Tromsø campus Alta. You will not regret it.

Duration:3 Years
Location: Alta
Credits (ECTS):180
Qualification:Bachelor in Arctic Adventure Tourism
Admission requirements:Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English
Application deadline:December 1
Application code:2067

Arctic Adventure Tourism

This international program is aimed at people interested in pursuing a career in the diverse and exciting tourism industry. The study is given in Alta, and the language of instruction is English. Arctic Adventure Tourism is the right study program for those of you, who like to work with other people; have a "can-do" attitude; welcome challenges; and love designing and producing outdoor and cultural experiences. The program will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to develop an strengthen the tourism industry at every level. The value basis of the program is the respect and concern for nature and culture.

The study program is a full-time program comprising 180 ECTS.

To give the candidates a more specialized study, we offer students the possibility of replacing the entire second year with a year where students can specialize in, for example, Events Management, Economy/Innovation, and more. More information about these options can be provided by the Student Administration upon request during the first year of study.

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1st semester
2nd semester
3rd semester
4th semester*
*Alternatively, students may apply for international exchange
5th semester
Arctic Tourism Praxis *
or elective courses **
* Practical semester is dependent on the number of placements available
** Possible electives; BANOR_06 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 10 credits, ENTERPRISE Enterprice Innovation Practice 10 credits, INMANAGEMENT Project Management 10 credits. Other options can be considered as relevant electives.
6th semester
Examen Philosophicum
Research Design and Bachelor Thesis

Upon successful completion of the programme, students are expected to be equipped with:


  • have knowledge of tourism's commercial and social significance;
  • have knowledge of the Arctic region, its nature, peoples and cultures;
  • have knowledge of the theoretical foundations in tourism subjects and key topics, issues, processes, tools and methods within the study field;
  • know research and development work in the tourism and have knowledge of the discipline's research and development work;
  • know the main features of the history of tourism, understand tourism as an industry and as a phenomenon, i.e. its place and function in the society;
  • have knowledge of the various core industries that make up the tourism industry;
  • have knowledge of tourism experience production, consumption, management and design; and
  • possess knowledge regarding risk management.


  • solve work tasks related to product development, marketing and accounts operating in tourism businesses;
  • analyse theoretical subject material in connection with written and oral tasks, and evaluate practices in the tourism industry;
  • find, evaluate and use relevant information and subject material in analyses of problems, as well as solve work tasks;
  • be able to disseminate knowledge as a host or a guide to the guests, on the basis of knowledge about Arctic nature, culture and its peoples;
  • use practical skills for guest management and sales in various situations;
  • design, sell and implement products and activities resulting in safe and responsible tourist experiences;
  • be able to compromise risk in nature-bases activities, without letting this affect the overall tourist experience;
  • be able to analyse and use relevant information for the improvement of products and employee actions;
  • have practical skills regarding storytelling and presentation techniques;
  • have basic skills in conducting a minor research project.

General competence

  • have gained an understanding of the relationship between theory, practice and the dissemination of knowledge, and be able to critically assess the values and attitudes that characterise today's tourism and tourist practices;
  • be able to solve challenges in a team or alone, drive innovation to develop the tourism industry and its products;
  • be able to present and communicate relevant theories, issues and solutions orally and in writing, both in a businesses and in an academic context;
  • be able to contribute to the development of smaller tourism businesses, and to the designing, leading and selling of safe, fun and responsible tourism activities; and
  • have gained a deep understanding of the relationship between tourism, society, culture and the natural environment.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.

Applicants from Norway or other Nordic countries:

Generell studiekompetanse eller realkompetanse

Søknadsfristen er 15. april.

Adgang kun for 30 studenter hver høst.

Elektronisk søknad sendes via lokalt opptak.

Applicants from outside Nordic countries:

  • The deadline for autumn semester admission applications is December 1st
  • Online application: Søknadsweb
  • Admission only for 30 students each fall


Are you an international applicant?
Read more here.

The course activities consist of different teaching methods. Lectures will give candidates an overview of the theoretical field and deeper knowledge of the challenges in Arctic adventure tourism. Candidates will analyse, discuss and position their knowledge into relevant contexts. External lectures, field trips and training will lead to practical skills, and help candidates to gain an overall insight of the tourism industry. Through group work, candidates will be able to discuss subjects for a deeper understanding. In individual tasks, candidates will use theoretical literature and examples from the tourism industry. Candidates will receive supervision and individual guidance in writing essays, group assignments and writtens exams. Candidates are expected to perform independent studies, including curriculum not specified in the scheduled teaching.

Practical tasks and field trips, which take place in a natural environment, are an integrated part of this study. Candidates should expect expenses related to these field trips.

The following requirements must be approved before the candidate is allowed to take the exam:

  • Participation in all practical tasks and field trips, including preparation and follow-up work.
  • Work requirements, reports and any type of follow-up work included in every course. The lecturer will decide what type of work will be carried out in relation to every course.
  • Planning, implementation and presentation of group projects.

Although practical exercises are integrated into every course, and are an important part of the learning and practical experience process of each candidate, the fifth semester of this program is solely practice-based. Candidates will work on assignments that are especially designed for them by themselves and the businesses they work for.

* Practical semester is dependent on the number of placement available.

** Instead of practice, candidates can choose elective courses (30 ECTS) in the fifth semester - see studyplan for possible electives.

In the fourth semester, candidates will have the possibility of taking one semester (30 ECTS) abroad. More information can be obtained by contacting the Student Administration.

Upon completion of the study, the "Bachelor in Arctic Adventure Tourism" will provide candidates with an opportunity to work with all manner of businesses, from small enterprises to multinational companies.

Candidates are expected to acquire the practical skills, knowledge and attitude required to embody a leader role within a team, with the potential to advance to a managerial position. They are also expected to gain knowledge of how to establish their own small business ventures.

The candidate will have an opportunity to seek a career in:

  • Activity and adventure companies
  • Businesses where host-guest interaction is crucial
  • Destination marketing companies
  • The hospitality industry
  • Teaching and research institutions (requires further education).

After completion of this bachelor's degree, the candidate can specialize in guiding, operations management, marketing, sales, human resources, finance, training, product and business development, and event planning.

With a bachelor's degree in Arctic Adventure Tourism, students can apply for admission to a master's program at UIT, The Arctic University of Norway. The master's program is a two-year education program, and is one of Norway's highest education program in tourism.

Related professions

International student? See this page. 


For more information:

Torun Jansen

Unni Jansen

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