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Find your flow

It's difficult to set words to how wonderful it is to sail, but we shall try. The ocean is unendingly vast and wild, and sun rise is like you have never thought possible. You can go where ever you want, without useing even a drop of fuel. Ocean and wind, freedom.

The sailing course at Fosen does some of the most extreme activites that any of the folk high schools in Norway do: students and teachers sail to and back to the Lofoten islands in our own hand-made sailboat, which has no engine to save us! 800 nautical miles, along Norway's most beautiful coast. If you want an experience you will remember for the rest of your life, this is the trip for you.

Many students go further with sailing later in life, in all kinds of boats. The viking style boats have a particular atmosphere that some find addicting. Many skippers and crewmen on viking ships around the area have gone on the sailing line at Fosen. Draken, Havhingsten, Saga Oseberg, and Lofotr are some examples. They too are Fosen-Folk.

This year on the sailing course will deal with so much about the common use of boats, such as rowing, fishing, navigating, maintainance, knots, and understanding weather. Can you tell what the weather will be like today from the kinds of clouds floating in the sky? Here you can learn from the master, Kjetil. Before the Lofoten expedition you will have many trips big and small in the waters around Trøndelag.

School Year 2017/2018

This will be a special year for Sailing, a whole 6 students from last year will be joining you this year- which shows just how alluring this course is to those who cannot take it. And there is still room for you...

Our Boats

We have big and small boats from 8 to 42 feet (Danish feet) long. All were build at the school by the Boat Builders. It is mainly open boats without engines, with square rigging as on a viking ship. Here you can see some of those we have. Number three from the left is named Skårungen and we use here the most.

We have:

- Big and small boats
- Safe and calm waters for sailing on your own with friends
- Trøndelag's fantastic archipelego
- Healthy and educational weather conditions (which is a euphamism for infamously terrible weather)
- Boat building and ropemaking equipment

Equipment list:

Some of the things you will need in the course of the year on Sailing. Bring what you have, and anything else can be obtained once you get to school.

- Raingear
- Wind-proof jacket and pants
- Rubber boots
- Lifejacket
- Flashlight
- Knife
- Sleeping bag and pad
- Thick WOOL sweater and long underwear
- Hat and mittens (not gloves, but bring those too if you have them)
- Plate, cup, and utensils

Welcome aboard!


Meet the Teacher

Kjetil Sildnes is our sailing teacher here at Fosen.

He has great knowledge on the use of boats and people in boats.

Self sufficiency-arctic wildlife

Skills to manage yourself. It takes time. Here you will have time, a good teacher and an inspiring community. The globe needs you who want to learn the basics.


You get to learn to sail, and navigate inbetween rocks and cliff faces, and to be crafty and sportsmanly by working together to sail over the sea. As well as carry a thousand year tradition forward the the next generation.

Tiny houses constuction

That many people build bigger and bigger houses is a problem for a world of limited space and resources. With this line we want to be a countermeasure for overuse and waste.

Organic Farming

At Fosen Folkehøgskole we have our own farm. We grow potatoes and vegetables, herbs, grains and grass.

Hand work and Design

Wool and leather from our own Villsau sheep, plants to color our hand-spun yarn, and willows to weave into baskets to carry it all in. Our hands and ideas are what make the whole process work, from raw materials to finished products.


Turn a tree standing in the forest into a boat bloating across the waves. The journey begins with working in the forest to collect our wood, and ends with our own handmade boat.

Self sufficiency-urban

The modern urban sailor lives in a small space, but grows food in the window sill, has compost in the kitchen, fermented cabbage in the storage room, sour dough in the fridge and "earthquakes" on the porch.