Day 1: Arrival and Introductions

Most people fly to Oslo Airport and then car share for the three-hour drive to Rjukan. When you sign up, we put you in touch with other participants through the Facebook event so that you can arrange this. You will meet at the hostel at around 8pm for introductions and to collect any equipment you may need from the gear store.

Day 2: Ice Climbing Technique

Day 2 focuses on technique and balance, including crampon technique and mastering your ice axe swing. You'll also have the opportunity to learn more advance techniques for steep ice, if you want. We typically do this in the Gaustatoppen single-pitch crag (around 20m tall).

Day 3: Ice Anchors & Rope Skills

On day 3 you’ll learn how to judge ice quality, setup anchors and place ice screws. You will do this at a great single pitch crag like Presenil, with plenty of climbing to put these skills into practice!

Day 4: Climbing at Vemork

Today you’ll climb in the atmospheric Vemork area. Putting your skills to good practice, you’ll be scaling icefalls up to 50m high. Don't worry though – there are climbs for all levels, ranging from Wi3 (moderate) to Wi5+ (hard).

Day 5: Alpine-style route

On day 5, you’ll climb a long alpine-style route such as Fabrikkfossen – an epic 7-pitch route with great views over the valley. The choices are almost endless however, so your instructor will pick routes based on the group and make sure everyone is appropriately challenged for the last day.
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2 Jan 8pm
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26 Jan 8pm
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1 Feb 8pm
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4 Feb 8pm
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8 Mar 8pm
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1. What experience do I need?

This course is designed for people who have either:

  • Rock climbing experience - competant at top-roping (belaying and tieing in) either indoors or outside.
  • Or, 2-days ice climbing experience (e.g. our Beginners Ice Climbing trip).

If you're more advanced than this (e.g. you lead climbing on rock and have some experience ice climbing), you may want to consider the Advanced Ice Climbing course instead.

2. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for all our courses is 18.

3. What does the price include?

It includes accommodation, instruction and all technical equipment. It excludes travel, food, appropriate clothing and winter mountaineering boots (these can be rented from the hostel if needed).

4. Do I need insurance?

Yes - please make sure you have travel insurance which includes ice climbing. Popular providers include the BMC and Snowcard.

5. What are the options for food?

The local supermarket Kiwi has a broad selection, with equivalent prices to a higher end supermarket in the UK (e.g. Waitrose).

6. How fit do I need to be? Do I need climbing experience?

A moderate level of fitness is required. Some rock or ice climbing experience is also needed - this course is a perfect progression from the Beginners trip, but you can also join directly if you have rock climbing experience.

7. How do I get to Rjukan from the airport?

If flying, go to Oslo Gardermoen - usually most affordable with Ryan Air/Norwegian Air. Course participants typically rent a car together for the 3h drive to Rjukan. When you sign up ,we recommend you also join the Facebook event to arrange this.

8. Do I need to bring specialist equipment?

All specialist equipment is provided. You must bring with you: Appropriate clothing (similar to ski wear) including waterproof trousers and tops. At least 2 pairs of gloves/mitts and winter mountaineering boots (you can also rent these from the hostel). Snow shoes are also provided free of charge, if needed for the walk-ins.

9. What is Rjukan like?

Our courses are based out of Rjukan (3 hours from Oslo), a valley interspersed with over 200 frozen waterfalls. Over the week you will cover the essential skills in a variety of single-pitch and multi-pitch crags (20m-400m), all within a few minutes' walk of the road.

10. Can I come by myself?

Absolutely yes - most people book alone. It can feel a bit intimidating, but you will do introductions when you arrive, and you’ll get to know the others in no time!