Dear Future International Frilufstliv Students:
We have just returned from an awe-inspiring trip to the Jotunheimen mountain range and we have some practical advice that may benefit you. We urge you to take the equipment list seriously; wool truly is warmer than its alternatives when wet and it WILL get wet. Make sure you try out your hiking boots beforehand; ensure they are fully waterproof, use waterproof spray if necessary, and anticipate blisters. Also, your raincoat is your best friend. Test how efficiently it works in the shower before your trip and make adjustments as necessary. Another important factor to consider is the weather. Don’t expect ideal hiking weather! Even though the trip was in early September, the temperature still dropped below 0°C several times. Before the trip, make sure your backpack has sufficient room for additional items, including parts of the tent and a cooker. It is also important to note that many of the items on the equipment list will be cheaper to purchase in your home countries, so try your best to get it before moving to Norway.
Don’t let all of this scare you, though! You do not need to be an experienced outdoor adventurer to enjoy and appreciate these endeavours. The Friluftsliv program has been developed to accommodate any level of hiker, ranging from beginner to expert. The most important thing that will be asked of you is to challenge yourself, both physically and psychologically. You may even discover hidden strength inside of you that has never surfaced before.
We wish you all the best with your future Frilufstliv experiences, and we hope you have a phenomenal time; we sure did!
From: International Exchange Friluftsliv (Outdoor Life) students,