IKF206 Nature Guiding in Fjord Landscapes

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Specialization level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Nature Guiding in Fjord Landscapes
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Program of study: 
Bachelorstudium i friluftsliv og naturguide
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite courses
IKF106 Outdoor Life 1
IKF107 Outdoor Life 2
Required prerequisite knowledge

For international exchange students: Obligatory motivation letter, detailing background and experience. See more information about motivation letter, and required background and experience here 

Course content

The students will gain an insight into what guiding and outdoor leadership involves in practice, and thereby lay the foundation for studying, reflecting over and discussing the role of a guide, guiding activity as a travel and nature tourism product, dissemination of information and experiences, and safe guiding. Guiding activities and outdoor leadership will be exemplified and themed through guided tours in the mountains, along the fjords and in coastal environments.

Learning outcome

In compliance with the National Qualifications Framework, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes after successfully completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student

  • will have acquired an awareness of systematic knowledge approach to nature, culture and traditional use of land and natural resources in the coastal-, fjord- and mountain landscapes on which the course focuses
  • will have gained knowledge and awareness of the responsibilities and regulations governing the role of nature guide / outdoor leader with responsibility for the safety of individuals and groups
  • will have acquired an awareness of one’s own and the guests' capabilities with regard to navigating in different natural environments in all situations and conditions
  • will have acquired a knowledge of meteorological conditions in order to be able to plan and carry out tours with groups in an appropriate manner
  • will have knowledge of nutrition, traditional food and the meal as part of a guided product
Learning outcome skills

The student

  • will have skills in critically risk assessments and safe travel in natural environments
  • will have skills in disseminating experiences and information in guiding / outdoor leadership contexts
  • will have skills in organizing and leading guided tours
  • can use digital technology related to the planning and implementation of the nature guide product
Learning outcome qualification

The student

  • will have developed knowledge and competence to work independently as a guide / outdoor leader in different situations in the context of the travel and tourism, 
  • will have an awareness of the boundary line between guiding and pedagogical activities in a natural environment
  • will have developed a capacity for reflection and common sense and the ability to implement best practices
Working and learning activities

The course of study will alternate between teaching with lectures, discussions in plenary and seminars, group work, teaching programmes outdoors, individual study and digital studies.   

The student’s impressions, observations and experiences from the activities outdoors are to provide a basis for discussions and reflections. The programme of study presupposes active participation, where the students are also given responsibility for organizing and for guiding assignments as part of various teaching projects.

Assessment requirements

Attendance requirements

Approved attendance and active participation in compulsory teaching, including preparations for, during and after the outdoor teaching projects. The semester plan specifies the scope of the compulsory teaching.  

Coursework requirements

  • Completed oral presentation of a project on landscape.
  • Approved assignment related to the topic of safe travel in natural environments, approx 1000 words.
Evaluation system

Exam assessment will be implemented in accordance with Forskrift om opptak, studium og eksamen ved Høgskulen i Volda, § 5-11. (Regulations concerning admission, courses of study and examinations at Volda University College, paragraph 5-11)

Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Einar Løken

Materialavgift kr.400.

This course is part of these study programs
Bachelorstudium i friluftsliv og naturguide
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Oral examinationIndividualMinutesA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Form of assessment:Oral examination
Type of duration:Minutes
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Approval signature: 
Unni Hagen