If you enjoy hiking or being in nature, you have so much to look forward to as a student in Volda. This area offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities, but also activities best enjoyed indoors. See underneath a list of student festivals taking place in Volda.
Outdoor activities in Volda and surroundings:
The Sunnmøre Alps (Sunnmørsalpane) is a popular mountain area for hiking both in summer and winter. In winter, you can choose from skiing at six surrounding ski centers within 1 hours drive, including Strandafjellet rated as one of Norway's best skicentres.
Climbing is possible in "klatresiloen" the indoor climbing hall, which offers possibilities for bouldering, top rope climbing and hangboarding. For outdoor climbing, the neighbooring town of Ørsta is home of the climbing eldorado Molladalen.
Skating is possible at the skate park (Skateparken i Volda) with its 900 m2 of bowls, quarters, steps, handrails og funboxes. Surfing is possible at Flø a small village at the sea some 45 minutes drive from Volda. In nearby Ulsteinvik, you will find new trails for mountain biking.
During the Buddy Week, new students get to know their way around Volda and the university college, as well as getting acquainted with each other and the old students. The buddies work hard so that the new students have a great semester start. This is visible through the many concerts, outdoor events, campus tours, meetings and festivals which are organised during the first week of school.
Animation Volda attracts both national and international attention. The Festival mediates both artistic quality of a wide range, and in between workshops, concerts and parties you may enjoy exclusive premieres of ground-braking animation movies on the cinema screen. The Festival is a meeting-point for animation students in the Nordic and Baltic countries, and qualifies student films for Fredrikstad Animation Festival.
VEKA in Volda is the largest student cabaret/show in Northwest Norway. In addition to local talent, national and international names perform during VEKA and help create a special, unforgettable arrangement. The last years, VEKA was host to renowned artists like Veronica Maggio, Talib Kweli, Team Me, Jonas Alaska, and Honningbarna.
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival is Norway's oldest and largest documentary film festival. It attracts film makers, students and audience, native as well as from abroad and the combination of great film experiences and a motivated public make this festival a definite must.
The sports festival X2 is tailored to fit the contrasting nature of Sunnmøre and is the most extreme winter sports weekend arrangement in the region. The programme spans from tough competitions in off-piste and free-riding, paddling and paragliding, longboarding and surfing to social meetings, presentations, concerts. The powerful festival atmosphere is a vital part of what makes Volda’s student environment so unique.
The Chamber Music Festival is an international festival of highest class. The festival offers a meeting place for everyone in Sunnmøre, performers or audience, from Volda University College students and staff, to professional and amateur musicians.
The Kaarstad Festival aims to create an arena and meeting place where the talented and creative students at the Faculty of Arts and Physical Education can meet the audience - young and old - through arrangements of high quality like: concerts, art exhibitions, theater performances, films and photography events.