Arctic Adventure Tourism - bachelor

Duration: 3 Years

Photo: Johann Enmarc
Photo: Johann Enmarc

Arctic Adventure Tourism - bachelor

Duration: 3 Years

Application deadline
Nordic applicants: 15. april
International applicants: 1 December
How to apply?

Do you want a career in one of the world's most exiting industries? Would you like to spend time in the most spectacular arctic scenery imaginable, and educate yourself in a sustainable profession? We offer an active and practical education in tourism, close to the arctic nature.

Take an international bachelor in Arctic Adventure Tourism, where you learn about:

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Management and marketing
  • Experience development and risk management

Everything is focused on sustainable, nature-based tourism.

For Nordic and Norwegian applicants, apply through Samordna opptak by April 15th.

Deadline for international students are December 1st.

Questions about the study
John Ivar Nilsen
Nilsen, John-Ivar


Tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world, thus the demand for proficient workers is increasing continuously. The bachelor's degree programme in Arctic Adventure Tourism is aimed at people who wants to work with arctic experience production, marketing, management and communication relevant to the adventure tourism industry.

The programme provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to design and produce sustainable nature- and culture based experiences. It is constructed to provide compentent workers for developing sustainable tourism industry. The program's values are based on respect and concern for nature and culture.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students are expected to possess the following learning outcomes:


  • have broad knowledge of tourism theory, relevant research methods and tourism business development
  • can explain tourism as an industry system and as a social phenomenon
  • have knowledge of the Arctic nature, society and culture, in relation to sustainable adventure tourism
  • have knowledge of research and development (R&D) within the field of adventure tourism


  • can make use of relevant tools, techniques, and approaches in order to develop, deliver and evaluate tourism experiences
  • are able to facilitate and manage tourism activities for different target markets in the Arctic setting
  • can apply academic knowledge in order to address practical an theoretical issues in the tourism field

General competence

  • is able to plan and conduct different projects, individually and as part of a team
  • can reflect on and discuss professionalism, ethics and sustainability
  • can contribute with academic perspectives and experiences in arenas relevant for tourism development
  • is able to professionally communicate important issues through oral and written presentation

Upon completion of Bachelor in Arctic Adventure Tourism, the candidate can seek a career in activity and adventure companies, businesses where host-guest interaction is crucial, destination and marketing companies, the hospitality industry, product and business development, event planning, or establishing one's own business venture.

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1st semester
2nd semester
3rd semester
4th semester
5th semester *
Practice in Business*
6th semester
*Practice in business: for the achievement of BA Arctic Adventure Tourism, students can apply for a practice in business (equivalent 10 ECTS) in a relevant tourism business in the 5th semester. Limited number of placements available. For more information, see course description.

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 Samordna 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 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 are required to have necessary equipment, and should expect other expenses related to these field trips.

Students will be evaluated by coursework requirements and examinations. Required attendance and assigments must be approved in order to qualify for examination. For detailed descriptions of requirements, see course description for each course.

Examination methods will vary between courses, and will generally be written home or school exams, and oral exams.

For the achievement of BA Arctic Adventure Tourism, students can apply for a practice semester in relevant tourism business in the 5th semester. Limited number of placements available. For more information, see course description of Arctic Tourism Practice.


With a bachelor's degree in Arctic Adventure Tourism, students can apply for admission to the master programme in Tourism Studies, or master programmes both at UiT or at other national and international institutions.

Candidates may apply for exchange in the fifth semester (30 ECTS). More information can be obtained by contacting the student administration.