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1+ day Ice Climbing with a local guide in Rjukan, Norway

Spend one, or several days if you wish, ice climbing on the amazing ice falls in Rjukan, Norway with an experienced ice climbing instructor.


1+ Days

Jan, Feb, Mar




* Enjoy one or more days of great ice climbing in Rjukan, Norway.

* Choose from over 150 different ice falls in the wilderness of northern Norway.

* Perfect for ice climbing beginners.


Do you love ice climbing? Are you looking for that new, exciting ice climbing location? Then come to Rjukan in Norway. Home to over 150 incredible ice falls, Rjukan, which is long considered one of the best ice climbing locations in northern Europe, will almost certainly provide you with all of the amazing ice climbing you can handle.

This trip can last for one, or several days depending on your wishes. Though, I won’t be surprised if you decide to stretch this trip multiple days. The ice climbing in Rjukan is simply amazing. Not only that, the area itself is stunning. Located over 175 kilometers from Oslo and 375 kilometers from Bergen, you will be climbing in the wilderness. Thus providing you with a fantastic Norwegian experience.

This trip, while great for experienced ice climbers, is also great for beginners. So, even if this is your first ice climbing trip, I know you’ll have a great time in Rjukan.

We will be climbing between 5-10 hours per day. As a result, it is important that participants on this trip are in good physical condition.

If ice climbing in Norway sounds like an adventure you want to enjoy, this trip is for you. To be a part of it, all you have to do is send me a request. I look forward to guiding on the beautiful ice falls of Rjukan.

I also offer a 2-day, beginner level, ice climbing course in Rjukan, which you can enjoy here.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Pick up and drop off in Rjukan town.

Climbing gear is not included. All can be rented. Complete set is 300 nok per person per day if all is needed.

This is to be paid directly to the guide.


Which airport should I fly to?

The main airport is Oslo (code OSL).
There is also a smaller one, Sandefjord Torp (code TRF).

How do I get to Rjukan from the airport?

• From Oslo Airport OSL to Rjukan by car it is a 3-3½ hour drive.
From Sandefjord Torp it is a tiny bit shorter.
• If you drive from Oslo or Sandefjord, make sure you put in a via point on your GPS.
You should drive via Notodden. Google Maps will indicate a slightly different route, with the same distance and travel time, but on small, snow-covered, winding roads, that will take much longer.
• From Oslo Airport OSL to Rjukan by public transport it takes 4-4½ hours, with two changes (train-bus-bus). They correspond.
Cost 390-570 NOK. https://www.vy.no/en
From Sandefjord Torp, public transport is more complicated.
I recommend renting a car at the airport.

When do we start in the morning, and when is the day finished?

The guide suggest to meet at 08:30 or 09:00 and be back around 15:30.
The guide is flexible, so feel free to choose other hours.
This can also be decided a few days before.

Where should I choose to stay?

Rjukan town is the preferred place.
If you choose to stay up at Gausta, you must drive down to Rjukan in the morning. Public transport Gausta-Rjukan is very limited. Taxi is very expensive.
The guide offers pick up and drop off at Gausta for an additional fee of 600 nok.

What should I wear?

Winter clothing like if you are going skiing.
When you have made your booking, the guide will send you a detailed list.

How many days does this trip last?

The length of this trip is up to you; it can last for one or several days.

What's included in the price?

The guiding fee as well as pick-up and drop-off in Rjukan town are included.

What is NOT included in the price?

Accommodation is not included.
Climbing gear is not included, but can be rented for 300 NOK per person per day.

What is the best time of the year to go on this trip?

The best time for this ice climbing trip in Rjukan is from mid December through March since the weather is cold enough for the ice to form and be stable.

Do I need insurance?

Normal travel insurance will do. Rescue operations are free in Norway, even helicopter rescue.

About the guide

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Klatreinstruktor 1 hoyfjell from Norway

I started working as a full time climbing instructor in 2011, and since then I haven't looked back. I love being in the wild nature, and I believe I have the best job in the world!

During the winter months, I live in Rjukan, the most fabulous place for ice climbing. You have to see it to believe how great this place is! Book me for a course or guided climbing in this ice paradise.

I also travel a lot for climbing and guiding. Places that I return to over and over again are Kalymnos and Mallorca.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with me, and I promise a rewarding and inspirational experience!


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What people are saying about this trip



Great experience with the guide, Jørn. He is outstanding. Jørn guides us ice climbing in Rjukan, Norway. It was our first time. He is a true professional. He loves the outdoors and is well respected by other guides. Great overall experience.



I would highly recommend Jørn he is a very experienced and knowledgeable mountain guide.



My partner and I went on a 5-day ice climbing trip with Jørn and we loved every single day of it. We started off with different levels of experience but Jørn organised our days in a way that we were both pushed to expand our comfort zones but without taking it too far for either of us. Jorn is someone who isn’t just good at ice climbing itself but also knows how to teach. We learnt many valuable lessons and progressed a lot in those 5 days. We also greatly enjoyed Jørn's company and his passion for the outdoors. We are definitely coming back for more!



Jorn was a fantastic teacher, very patient, super encouraging and also super knowledgeable about the history of Rjukan which was an extra bonus! Highly recommend!



Had a wonderful day of ice climbing in Rjukan, Jorn is experienced and very helpful. He explained things well and also knew interesting history about the town of Rjukan itself. Perfect!

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