Ice Climbing – Rjukan Week

About the course

The course is heavily focused on the participants gaining confidence in ice climbing. We, therefore, spend a lot of time looking at technique, movement and listening to our participant’s needs with a view that they will be inspired and confident by the end of the course.

The course will be run on single pitch and multi pitch terrain in and around Rjukan.

Rjukan is a world-renowned ice climbing destination as well as a historically important valley. Many of the ice climbs hang in a gorge directly below Vemork the old hydro electric plant that produced heavy water during the second world war.

Rjukan holds many exciting ice-falls that will fit all abilities.

Course objectives:

  • Movement on ice/technique
  • Use of crampons
  • Use of axes
  • Climbing with axes and crampons
  • Climbing without axes (just crampons)
  • Placing of ice protection (Ice screws) / snow protection (snow anchors)
  • Making bomb proof ice belays
  • Making bomb proof ice abseils, with and without ice screws
  • Single pitch climbing/top roping and abseil
  • Multi-pitch climbing/ abseiling
  • Route choice and assessing ice quality
  • Basics on avalanches avoidance

Combine it with other courses

This course can be combined with others to form part of our Alpine mentoring program.


Depending on the group’s requirements we can hire a cottage or stay at the now famous Old School Lodge.

Flights, train and getting there

I will collect everyone from Oslo Gardermoen airport in my old 4WD car 🙂

Equipment hire

If you need to rent equipment, that is no problem, just let us known in advance. You will receive a list of required items upon booking.

Skills level




Some climbing experience is required to get the most out of this course. The ability to tolerate cold for extended periods is essential.

Course Itinerary

We use first evening inside with theory, the rest of the course is practical instruction outside.


See availability 


Or contact us to privately arrange a course.


Upon registration we will send you a complete equipment list.


Price guide:

3000,- NOK pr person for 2,5 days (includes accomdation, transport and equipment)

8500, Nok per person for 6,5 days (includes accomdation, transport and equipment)


Included in Price:
– all guide/instructor fees and expenses.
– all instructional material and location rental.

Not Included in Price:
– personal ski/avalanche rescue equipment and clothing.
– transportation to/from course location.
– lodging.
– travel insurance