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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29 Dec 8pm
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19 Jan 8pm
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2 Feb 8pm
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Jo Harvey

Reviewed on 3 Mar 18

5
Verified booking

Having just come back from a Skyhook Multi Pitch course in Norway I wouldn't hesitate to reccomend these guys to anyone!! Informative, encouraging, friendly instructors and guides and climbing that is just out of this world!!!

We will DEFINITELY be back for more - thank you Skyhook!!! :):):) xxx

Edward Coster

Reviewed on 3 Mar 18

5
Verified booking

Had a great time on the multi-pitch ice climb course with Skyhook. Both Lars and Tim, our instructors, have a varied and broad range of experience which was demonstrated in the clarity of technical rope/protection instruction and coaching of climbing skills. They were able to satisfy aspirations whilst also pushing individuals in areas where work was needed. And just as in important they ensured it was fun at all times! I certainly learnt more in 4 days of ice climbing with Skyhook than I have in many years of climbing, which has fired me up to get out climbing more.

Josie B

Reviewed on 3 Mar 18

5
Verified booking

Having just come back from an ice climbing multi pitch course with Skyhook I would have no doubt in reccomending them to anyone!!!! Lars and Tim made the course safe, informative and very enjoyable and our own ice adventures with Alan and Ryan were just SUPER COOL!!! :D

The course structure was excellent - Lars and Tim were patient and encouraging and made sure that everyone - of any ability - went home feeling like they had achieved great things!!

The Old School accomodation is absolutely charming and although a little bewildering when you first arrive you soon settle in... :) :)

All in all a massive thank you to everyone at the Old School and Skyhook - we will DEFINITELY be back!!!

With all our thanks,

Jo & Steve xx

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, guides 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 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. You can find the event on our Facebook page.

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!

10. Can I stay extra nights at the hostel?

You will stay in the Rjukan Old School Hostel. You can find them on Facebook and book extra nights.

11. What happens when I arrive?

If you arrive during the day, it is likely that everyone will be out skiing or climbing. Feel free to put your feet up and make yourself a coffee before the guides come back. In the evening your guide will introduce you to the rest of the group and start your course briefing.

12. Can I arrive late at night?

Yes, no problem - just let us know when you complete your registration form. 

13. How cold will it be?

Temperatures can range from - 10 to - 25 degrees Celcius. You should come prepared and ensure that you have lots of warm layers.