This course is discontinued

GEG2130 – Geomorphology of the Nordic countries

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

This course describes the formation and development of the geomorphology of Norway, the Nordic countries and Svalbard from the tertiary to the present day. Focus is especially on the Quaternary glacial cycles and glacial and periglacial landforms. In addition, bedrock geomorphology, fluvial processes, formation and distribution of soils and sediments, climate variation since the last ice age and the effect of current climate changes on landscape processes.

Learning outcome

To provide knowledge and understanding of the formation of the Nordic landscape, understanding of geomorphological processes, and the significance of climate on the development of landscapes.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

The following course must be taken before the field trip/excursion in GEG2130:

For students taking GEG2130 Autumn 2014 or later – you cannot have GEG2130 included in a degree before following HSE courses are passed:

For further information se website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

GEO1010 – Physical geography (discontinued), GEO1020 – Geological processes and materials (discontinued), GEO1030 – Winds, currents and climate (discontinued) / GEF1100 – The Climate System (discontinued), and GEG2110 – Geomorphological processes (continued)

Overlapping courses

  • 10 credits overlap with GEO3220
  • 6 credits overlap with GG227


Lectures/courses 4 hours a week. Excursion,6-10 days. Two reports must be written, one interpretation assignment and one field report, both counts towards the final grade.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

To attend the the field trip/excursion it is required that the following course is passed:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0504  when you attend the field trip/excursion.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


  • Written interpretation assignment counts for 20%.
  • Written report from field work/excursion counts for 30%.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 50%.
  • All parts of the exam must be passed to get a final grade.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Exam attempts for this course are counted together with exam attempts in GEO3220. The combined upper limit is three attempts.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

This course was periodic evaluated in autumn 2012 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

The course will be taught for the last time autumn 2018.


Autumn 2020

Autumn 2019

An examination in the course is offered (given passed tuition), last time autumn 2020.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)