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: Advanced Ice Technique

Day 2 is focused on refreshing and improving your ice-climbing technique, with hands-on coaching from your guides. We typically head to the Lower Gorge crag, with fantastic single-pitch routes ranging from Wi3-Wi5 (moderate to hard).

Day 3: Mixed climbing at Krokan

Today you will have an opportunity to try out some mixed climbing (on both rock and ice). You'll also learn some more advance skills such as building v-threads for abseiling.

Day 4: Multi-pitch skills

Climbs for day 4 are Nye Vermorkfoss and Backvein – two 3-pitch waterfalls that weave in and out of the rock – always much easier to climb than they look from the valley floor and the photos!

Day 5: Lead climbing skills

The focus on day 5 is lead climbing protection and skills. You’ll be working on judging ice quality, placing ice screws and simulated leading. You will do this at a great single pitch crag, with plenty of climbing to put these skills into practice!

Day 6: Alpine-style route

On day 6 you typically do a longer route with a short walk-in, such as Tjonsterbergfossen – an epic 5-pitch route with great views over the valley. Putting all your skills into practice, it's a fantastic end to the week!
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19 Jan 8pm
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Adam Orriss

Reviewed on 27 Mar 19

3

I enjoyed the trip & the experience. The Ice climbing was spectacular. The Hostel is great although under renovation, that being said there were other hostelers that showed no consideration for other guests and were blasé about arriving late at night when people were sleeping, then bringing all their shopping into the dormitory. If that wasn't frustrating enough, they then proceeded to wake everyone early in the morning too! I and 1 other changed rooms. The other issue I experienced was the fact that after I hired a car Skyhook continually failed to put me in touch with the other participants of the group I was in. I could wait no longer for the flights (Prices going up) so booked my flights. Skyhook then said it was unable to put us in touch because of data protection. I did eventually make contact with one other member about 3 weeks before the trip via the faceook group however that participant came on a different day The other 2 participants never joined the facebook group. So I had to bare the whole cost of the car, a little frustrating at Norwegian prices. A tad galling too that my car was then used to shuttle the group around!

 

To sum up, although a couple of negatives, the trip was fantastic, the Guides are excellent, the Hostel staff were fantastic & very helpful, just a small group of the fellow guests that were not so.

Abdul Band

Reviewed on 25 Feb 19

5

This was my third trip to Rjukan for ice climbing and the second in two years with Skyhook. Like last year, it was a fantastic week of climbing

I was in a group of fun individuals with varying abilities and experience. The expert instructors ran the course very professionally such that all benefitted greatly (and equally). The feed back from all the instructors, to individuals, during the course was superb and timed such that we could put the advice to use during the climbs.

The venues and climbs were selected progressively so not only were they fun to climb but helped address weaknesses uncovered during the course. In addition to the climbs, we were given de-briefings in the evenings to discuss progress and and objectives for subsequent days.

Fantastic week - I'm planning on going back for another week next winter!

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Alan Cooney

Reviewed on 21 Oct 18

5
Guide Review Team

Skyhook's Guide Review Team is responsible for checking that your local guide is up to scratch with best-practice safety, service levels and ethical treatment of local staff. All members of this team are fully qualified instructors or guides themselves.

It really is a pleasure to head out to Rjukan each year to work with the guides here. Put simply, it’s the best place to go ice climbing in Europe, possibly the world.

The instructors all hold high-level qualifications (IFMGA, NFK Høyfjell or MIC) and instantly put you at ease in this incredible environment. From the first meeting on the evening before the course, they’ll start tailoring the course to your abilities and goals. For some people that means being guided on lots of spectacular routes around the valley, and for others it’s working on athletic ice and mixed climbs.

There is no pressure to lead and many participants choose not to. Equally however, if you’re looking to become an independent winter climber this course is an excellent (and intensive) way to do that. Either way, it’s a fantastic experience!

My final top piece of advice is to stay on for a few extra days after the trip if you can. There’s so much to do in the area (from snow shoeing to using the outdoor spar after a long trip) and it’s all very accessible. Just ask the hostel-owner Jakob for ideas. Have fun!

1. What experience do I need?

You need to be competant at lead climbing (sport or trad) and have at least 2-days experience of ice climbing. You'll already know how to lead belay, clip bolts and the basics of swinging an ice axe.

If you're not quite there yet, why not check out our other two trips:

  • Beginners Ice Climbing - for total beginners, with no experience required.
  • Ice Climbing Improver - for those who have either some top-rope climbing experience, or who have tried ice climbing (e.g. on our beginners course). This one is also great if you are more experienced, but don't want to progress to lead climbing.

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). Snow shoes are also provided free of charge if needed for the walk-ins.

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?

A moderate level of fitness is required. 

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)

9. 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!