Outward bound Finland


Outward Bound helps people discover and develop their potential to care for themselves, others and the world around them through challenging experiences in unfamiliar settings. Outward Bound Finland is funded by Ministry of Education and Culture which has stated OBF as a service organization in Finnish youth work.


Outward Bound Finland (OBF) organizes different courses and trainings based on experiential education. OBF is a pioneer in adventurous education and an expert in experiential training and outdoor safety in Finland.

Outward Bound Finland was established in 1993 in the small town of Nurmes in North Karelia near the eastern border after a group of active youth workers visited Outward Bound Germany in Koeningsburg. After the visit, this little group was working together sharing a common goal to open an Outward Bound -school to Finland. In 1994 Outward Bound Finland got a license from Outward Bound International and started to operate with Finnish youth in North Karelia, South Karelia, Southern Finland and also Lappland (above the Arctic circle).

Outward Bound Finland is part of Outward Bound International and one of the more than 80 OB-schools around the world.

Outward Bound was founded by Kurt Hahn, whose guiding philosophy was summarized best in the following quotation:

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an indefatigable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.”

Learn more about the Outward Bound International here.


“Sleeping outside in a snow cave? You must be crazy!” this is what my friends said to me when I told them about my enrolment for that trip. And I had to admit it is crazy but I was curious about figuring out how it will be go on an expedition with strangers in finnish Lapland. And this is what I did! And I don’t regret anything. It was breath-taking in so many ways. I really learned to push myself to the limit and that your strongest enemy is your mind. 

Touch of Tuntsa 2017