Step outside, and you’ll find roaring waterfalls and screaming gulls, crashing waves and thundering winds. But you’ll also hear a quieter silence. Trek a ridgeline path or scale the face of a cliff or race along the coastline, and you might experience a stillness that floods your mind and heart with a deeper rest than sleep.

Outdoor DTS at YWAM Ålesund is a five-month discipleship training school designed to strengthen your body, spirit, and soul through teaching, community, and opportunities to encounter God in His creation. You’ll venture into nordic landscapes to hike, climb, camp, and more alongside a passionate group of young people who will encourage you to go further than you thought possible. 

But this isn’t just an outdoor adventure program in Norway. It’s an active training that focuses on character, endurance, and the joy we experience when we carry truth and mercy to all nations. Who you are when you’re on the trail shapes your character at home. Conquering the most treacherous section of the climbing wall will affect how you overcome obstacles in the future. Tired muscles, shortened breath, wet clothes—these won’t last forever. But the words you speak with a wandering friend as you stand in a mountain’s shadow may impact their life for eternity. 

During Outdoor DTS, you’ll commit to investing in your relationship with God and with others. You’ll build strong biblical foundations, strengthen your wilderness skills, and ultimately gain perspective on how your passion for the outdoors can be used to know the Creator who shaped each slope and stream—and make Him known.



This is the first three-month segment of the DTS. You’ll dive deep into topics like the gospel, the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, intercession, healthy relationships, hearing God’s voice, God’s character, and missions, all taught by teachers from around the world. Students are required to attend these classes each day during lecture weeks.



These could be anything from hiking, survival or strength training, running on a track with a view, kayaking, bouldering, climbing, and more. During the lecture phase these normally happen on Tuesday afternoons and all day Friday.

About three weekends of the lecture phase will be spent outdoors. This might mean a trip to a remote cabin, hiking across an island, or going on a boat expedition to the fjords.


Outreach phase is when all DTS students travel to another country for eight weeks after the lecture phase to live and work alongside local initiatives to develop communities. On outreach, opportunities abound to meet practical and spiritual needs that will impact generations. As a base we send to many places, with a main focus on working with YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea.



Frilufts DTS er arrangert med undervisning ved YWAM Ålesund og outreach ved YWAM Medical Ships – Australias strategier for Papua Ny-Guinea (PNG). YWAM Medical Ships bruker et trenings og medisinsk skip og landbaserte team i PNG til å forbedre helsesituasjonen. De har undervisning som definerer helse  ikke bare som fravær av sykdom, men også som tilstedeværelse av velvære. Med en helhetlig tilnærming, er det delte målet å skape sunne landsbyer som bygger en sunn nasjon.


YWAM Ålesund har sterk tro på folket i Papua Ny-Guinea og fremtiden for deres nasjon. Med deres gjestfrie og vennlige kultur, og store og urørte landskap er det et fantastisk land å tjene. Siden YWAM Medical Ships har utviklet lokale relasjoner og kvalitetsutviklingsstrategier er de den perfekte organisasjonen til å samarbeide, fordi vi sammen deler troen på Papua Ny-Guinea.

“Everyone builds each other up, supports and pushes each other. You don't feel alone at all. This community is so powerful and amazing to experience and do crazy stuff together.”

— Josh



15.sept 2022 - 10.feb, 2023

13.januar - 10.juni, 2023 

15.sept 2023 - 10.feb, 2024


Undervisnings fasen -

30,000 NOK


Outreach fasen -

35,000 NOK