Beginner’s 2 day group ice climbing course, Iceland

Get the knowledge and skills you need from this 2 day beginner level group ice climbing course under the instruction of one of the certified guides in the Icelandic Mountain Guides team. Then practice on a glacier!




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Where better than Iceland to learn how to ice climb? This two-day beginner’s group ice climbing course will give you all the technical knowledge you need to get started in the sport.

    Over the course of two days, we will teach you the basic ice climbing skills and techniques. The first day is an evening class in a classroom, so we will focus on theory. You will learn the most important climbing knots and how to properly use climbing equipment. You will also learn how to set up climbing anchors. We’ll end the class by planning our day trip to an Icelandic glacier.

    The second day of the class will be out on the glacier, where you will practice what you have learned. Though this program’s goal is instruction, you should also enjoy the incredible icy landscape of Iceland’s beautiful glaciers. On this day, you will spend a lot of time practicing with crampons and ice axes. Everyone will take turns setting up anchors and climbing belayed by an instructor. In free moments you can look around and admire the gorgeous setting.

    The strength of this ice climbing course is its combination of lecture and practical application. This way, you can apply what you’ve learned under the watch of a certified instructor and receive feedback. By the end of the ice climbing course, you should feel prepared to do some beginning level climbing on your own.

    If you’re ready to learn to ice climb, contact us today! We will let you know the dates of the next ice climbing course and answer any questions you might have. 

    Looking for the climbing practice without the classroom instruction? We also lead a guided ice climbing day tour in Svinafellsjokull.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    110000 ISK

    Group of 2
    110000 ISK

    Group of 3
    130000 ISK

    Group of 4
    150000 ISK

    Group of 5
    180000 ISK

    Group of 6
    200000 ISK


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Group equipment


    • Day 1Evening class

      During the evening session I’ll introduce all the different ice climbing equipment and talk about the climbing process. We will then go over the main knots used in climbing (e.g. figure of eight, bowline, girth hitch and prussic knots) and learn how to set up main anchors. We’ll finish by making a travel plan for our ice climbing day out on the glacier.

    • Day 2Full day practical session

      During our day on the glacier, we go over the process of ice climbing and general climbing movements, such as how to use crampons and ice axes correctly. We will also practice making main anchors, V-threads and rappelling with a safety prussic. Climbing will be done with a top rope under the guidance of a climbing instructor.


    Other details

    Skill level required

    First time

    Fitness level required

    Open to everyone

    Meeting point

    ITM - Bankastræti 2, 101 Reykjavík

    More info

    Evening lecture on booking date (normally Wednesday) field day on weekend (normally Saturday).


    About the Guide


    Icelandic Mountain Guides has been setting the standard in terms of safety, expertise and environmental protection in Iceland since its creation in 1994. Our outdoor adventure company is owned and operated by mountain guides and was the first to offer the Glacier Walk in Iceland, which was key to the industry's exponential growth.

    You will find our company's headquarters in Reykjavik and our base camp in the stunning Skaftafell National Park. Whether you want to go hiking, skiing or climbing or whether you are looking for a day tour or a multi-day tour, we can help you. Come with us to discover everything Iceland and Greenland have to offer.

    FROM 110000 ISKper person


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