Beginners Ice Climbing

Norway

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This course is for total beginners, who want to try ice climbing in one of Norway's most incredible environments.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Rjukan Old School Hostel

Most people are out climbing during the day, so if you arrive early, then feel free to put the kettle on, and make yourself at home - there's even a sauna for those who want to relax a little. You will have a course briefing in the evening at around 8 pm.

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Leave the hostel at 9 am for a full day ice climbing at a local venue. The focus is getting into the swing of it and developing good movement techniques. In the evening you will have an opportunity to enjoy a good meal with the other climbers.

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Leave the hostel for a full day of ice climbing. For those that want to, you'll be taught some more stuff such as; ice screw placement, building belays, moving forward.

Debrief and finish will be around 3 pm, in time for last flights home from Oslo.

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5.00 (34 reviews)

Isla
Verified - Travelled March 2020

Despite Norway going into lockdown the day we arrived, skyhook and the hostel we stayed in were fabulous. We were kept up to date throughout and thankfully the ice climbing was still able to go ahead. ...read more

Sarah
Verified - Travelled January 2020

I loved this trip to combine my love of the snow from my many snowboarding Holidays and my enjoyment of climbing into one adventure. I’m not as experienced in climbing as my wife but this didn’t matte ...read more

Sarah
Verified - Travelled January 2020

Best trip I have done! I love snowboarding and recently have got into hiking and other adventures. I have been climbing for 2 years now and this trip was so lovely to bring together some of my hobbies ...read more

Paul
Verified - Travelled January 2020

Wonderful experience cant wait to book again

Leigh
Verified - Travelled December 2019

i booked this trip very last minute, and it was amazing. Very fortunate to be with a fabulous group. Fabulous instructors. I would highly recommend anyone to do this. ???????????? Definitely go to t ...read more

Ashley
Verified - Travelled December 2019

It was a amazing course to go on. The instructors are really informative and very friendly. I look forwards to my next course.

Ian
Verified - Travelled February 2019

Just completed the basic ice climbing course. To say it exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. Thomas and Lars were excellent instructors, the accommodation is comfortable and friendly. ...read more

Craig
Verified - Travelled February 2019

Everything about the experience with skyhook was amazing!! my wife and I had so much fun ice climbing in Norway that we just booked a hiking adventure in the Swiss Alps for next summer!!!

Katrina
Verified - Travelled February 2019

What a fabulous time I had on the beginners course. The hostel was amazing. Excellent instructors Lars and Callum, a totally unforgettable experience. I will be back.

Rachel
Verified - Travelled March 2018

So much fun and in such a beautiful place, I have never been anywhere so scenic before. Very well organised and felt completely at ease despite being in a new country and not knowing anybody else on t ...read more

Dorota
Verified - Travelled February 2018

Excellent course, caters for all abilities and I felt pushed to go further than I imagined I could by the instructors Callan and Tom. People who have rock climbing experience found it much easier but ...read more

Holly
Verified - Travelled February 2018

Feb 2018, female solo traveler on the beginner ice climbing course. Really Enjoyed the trip, accommodation was lovely, instructors were friendly, approachable and gave good instructions. Brilliant tim ...read more

Anne
Verified - Travelled February 2018

Amazing enthusiastic instructors, helpful and constantly looking after our well-being both on the ice and after climbing. We stayed in gorgeously cosy traditional Norwegian huts on a pristine site. A ...read more

Monika
Verified - Travelled February 2018

Great experience, amaizing people - both instructors and people we met on the course. Beautiful place and the caravan park is brilliant. We are coming back for the multipitch course . The instructors ...read more

Brian
Verified - Travelled February 2018

Excellent service and a professional and fun weekend learning ice climbing. Ben, Callum and Magnus were all stars and made our weekend brilliant. The course was super challenging and really satisfying ...read more

Aidan
Verified - Travelled February 2018

I would highly recommend the beginners Ice climbing course. As somebody with no climbing experience I was a little hesitant but the friendliness of the instructors Alan and Tom as well as the support ...read more

Alexandra
Verified - Travelled February 2018

Had an absolute amazing weekend filled with fun people, learning new things and playing around in Winterwonderland. Our instructors, Ryan, Allen and Anja were all amazing, giving us all the support an ...read more

Pato
Verified - Travelled February 2018

I decided on a whim to go on this course after I saw the Facebook ad. I climb indoors regularly and had been ice climbing once before. The course was amazing. The views were stunning and the climbs we ...read more

Karin
Verified - Travelled February 2018

This course was huge fun and located in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The drive from Oslo is quite long (3.5 hrs) and icy so I recommend you hire a decent car (not rent a wreck) and ...read more

Mark
Verified - Travelled February 2018

Thanks guy's. I had an awesome time on the beginner's course. I will defiantly be back for the Multi-pitch next winter.

FAQs

Included

  • Guides
  • Accommodation
  • Technical equipment

Excluded

  • Transfers
  • Food
  • Winter mountaineering boots (these can be rented from the hostel if needed). 

When you sign up, we also recommend that you join the Facebook event. It is here that you will meet the other course participants, and be able to arrange a car-share. It's a great way to get to know everyone, and it has worked really well in the past. There is also a public transport option which takes around 4 hours, however, we recommend the car-share option as it's more affordable and convenient.

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

The minimum age for all our courses is 18.

A moderate level of fitness is required. Climbing experience is not required. The locations are great for beginners - with something for everyone. The climbs are never too far from the hostel, and walk-ins take no more than 5 - 10 minutes, from your parking spot. The guides set up a big range of routes so that there's plenty to do for all abilities.

Yes. Popular providers include the BMC, Snowcard and Dogtag Insurance.

The local supermarket has a broad selection, with equivalent prices to a higher-end supermarket in the UK (e.g. Waitrose). It's a 5-minute drive from the hostel, and you can see the opening hours here.

Similar clothing to ski clothing works well for the Beginners Course (several warm layers and waterproofs). When you sign up you'll also receive a full packing list, and discount codes for some retailers.

Most people fly to Oslo Gardermoen (OSL).

Yes, there is usually availability to stay extra nights - just drop the hostel a message if you want to do this.

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

Temperatures can range from -10C to -20C.

The hostel is a small and friendly hostel with basic dormitory-style accommodation. It has comfortable beds, good cooking facilities, warm showers, a sauna, Wi-Fi and a drying room. There is no reception desk – If you arrive early, then just come inside and make yourself a tea or coffee. Jakob is the hostel owner and the lead guide. Bed linen is all included.

The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (KR). There is 1 ATM machine in Rjukan, but it is worth getting money before you arrive.

Documents

• Passport

• European Health Insurance Card (if appropriate)

• Travel insurance details

• Boarding passes for flights

• Wallet

• Driver’s license & rental car details (if needed)

Clothing

Please make sure all clothing is not cotton – cotton clothing is great for the summer but loses heat very quickly in the winter.

• 2 base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)

• Fleece/soft-shell jacket

• ‘Booster layer’ e.g. second fleece

• Waterproof jacket

• Down jacket for warmth, if possible (from e.g. Rab, Alpkit, Mountain Equipment)

• Spare clothes for evenings

• Underwear

• Base-layer trousers (optional)

• Soft-shell trousers or other warm trousers

• Waterproof trousers

• Swimwear for the sauna

• 2 thick wool mountaineering socks

• 2 pairs of waterproof/snowproof gloves or mitts

• Wool hat that can be worn under a helmet

• Winter mountaineering boots that fit crampons (these can be rented directly from the hostel if not owned. The cost of rental is 200NOK)

Other

• Small rucksack

• Water bottle/thermos

• Sunglasses

• Glasses/contact lenses (if needed)

• Sleeping bag liner for the hostel (you can rent sheets if not owned)

• Bathroom items including towel

• Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor (French plug style), phone & charger

• Lipsil

• Book/mp3 player for flights

Climbing Equipment (optional

If you own any of the following, you may bring them along as well:

• Harness

• Helmet

• Ice axes

• Crampons

Rjukan Old School Hostel, Knut Dahlesvei 31, 3660 Rjukan, Norway 

Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rjukanoldschoolhostel/ 

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