Ever wondered what it's like to scale a near-vertical cliff of rock or ice? Climbing is not just for professional mountaineers. We offer an assortment of beginner-friendly climbing tours including Ice-climbing and via ferrata. These fun, safely run adventures are sure to get you hooked on climbing!
Ice climbing involves scaling frozen waterfalls, ice formations, and glaciers using specialized equipment. It combines elements of rock climbing with the added thrill and technicality of climbing on ice. To get a better grip on the ice, climbers use ice axes and wear crampons, which are spikes attached to their boots for traction on ice. You will also be harnessed in and wear a helmet for safety.
Via Ferrata, Italian for "iron path," is an exciting activity that enables climbers to traverse exposed and vertical terrain using a system of fixed cables, ladders, and rungs. It provides a safe and exhilarating way to explore mountainous landscapes. While doing Via Ferrata, climbers wear a harness and attach themselves to the fixed cables with shock-absorbing lanyards with carabiners. This provides protection in case of a fall. Via Ferrata is a good entry point for those who would like to get into 'proper' rock climbing but have no idea where to start.
If you sign up for a Skyhook climbing adventure, you will be provided with all the equipment you need to take on the climbing route. Experienced guides will help you get into the sport with in-depth instruction and support out on the 'course'. Before you sign up, make sure you have a good head for heights!
We also offer more advanced ice-climbing tours for those who have the experience and need more of a challenge.
If you join a group climbing tour, you will be provided with all the necessary equipment. This includes harnesses, helmets, ropes, ice-axes, crampons, and/or via ferrata sets. Depending on what is needed.
Even if you've never put on a climbing harness before, this tour is for you! The guides will teach you all the skills you need and start you off on easy courses.
Although all adventure activities come with inherent risks, these tours have been set up and are run in such a way that they take as many safety precautions as possible, especially for novices.
It depends on what you want to do as well as when and where you are traveling. Although both involve scaling cliffs, ice climbing is generally more vertical (or real climbing) while a lot of via ferrata is scrambling but using the fixed line as a security measure. Both give the thrill of navigating steep drop-offs.
Via ferrata tours are generally run in summer in Switzerland (June to mid-September) while ice climbing is a winter activity in Norway (December-March).
Mountain accommodation is simple yet comfortable. You will be sleeping in dormitory-style rooms. Read the FAQs of the climbing tour for specific information on food, facilities, etc.