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Ice Climbing Course for Beginners in Rjukan, Norway

Ice Climbing Course for Beginners in Rjukan, Norway | Norway

On this 3-day beginner ice climbing course in Ryukan, Norway, you will learn the basics to climbg the stunning ice falls in the region from Jørn, a professional local climber and instructor!


3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec


First Time


- This course is for beginners who want to experience the thrill of climbing frozen waterfalls.

- Learn all the basics and fundamentals from a dedicated Norwegian pro ice climber.

- Spend your nights in a comfortable, private house near the climbing area.


This 3-day ice climbing course for beginners is an exciting option for those looking for a fun winter activity in nature.

The climbing course takes place in Rjukan, Norway, a place famous for its stunning icefalls. Throughout the three days, we will explore different aspects of ice climbing, and cover equipment, techniques, and safety. You can find a detailed day-by-day description of the course below. We will also have the chance to put all of our new skills to practice in the stunning Rjukan icefalls! In the evenings, we will spend the night in a comfortable, private house near the climbing area.

This ice climbing course is designed for beginners. Therefore, you don't need any prior experience to join. However, you do need an adventurous mindset and a good fitness level. The icefalls we will tackle during our practice sessions will be chosen based on the group's level and capacity.

If you would like to join this exciting ice-climbing adventure in Rjukan, Norway, send your request and we can start planning a thrilling outdoor winter experience!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Mountaineering boots

- Ice axe

Price details

Excluded: Transfers to/from airport & climbing areas


Day 1: Introduction

\-Independent arrival and check-in. \-Introduction of the guide and the participants. \-Introduction of the course content and the climbing gear. \-Getting your climbing gear, and adjusting of boots and crampons. \-What to bring in your backpack for the climbing day.

Day 2: Ice climbing practice

\-First ice climbing day. We'll leave together at 08:30 after breakfast, for a full day of ice climbing at one of the suitable climbing areas nearby. They are all just a short drive away. \-The focus is first to learn how to belay on the top rope. \-Then we get into the techniques of climbing on ice, and how to use the ice axes and crampons efficiently. \-The guide will choose a variety of different climbs that will suit everyone.

Day 3: Ice climbing practice

Again, we'll leave together at 08:30 after breakfast. We will go to another of the suitable climbing areas nearby, where we will continue to develop the skills learned on day 2 and have fun on the various ice falls. We finish at 3 pm and debrief, and then it is time for goodbye. \* The mentioned timetable is exemplary and may vary due to conditions, the ability of the participants, safety & weather limitations.



Which airport do 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 Oslo Airport

The guide will put the participants in contact with each other. It's recommended to arrange car-sharing to get to Rjukan from the airport. This is the cheapest and fastest way to travel. Allow a good 3 hours for the drive. There is a public bus option, which takes 4-5 hours, with two bus changes.

Can I come by myself?

Yes, absolutely, most people come alone. Already the first evening you will get to know the others.

Do I need Climbing Equipment?

No. It is all included. Still, if you already have any of the following gear, you may bring this with you:
• Mountaineering boots, B2 or B3
• Climbing harness
• Climbing helmet
• Technical ice axes
• Crampons for ice climbing

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

We start at 08:30 and we are back around 15:00.

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.

What is the accommodation like?

Hostel-style with mixed dormitory accommodation. It has comfortable beds, living room and kitchen.

When do I have to be in Rjukan?

Best if you can get there by 20:00.
If you can't make it in time, don't worry, but please inform the guide.

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 Jørn



We booked through explore.com which gave great direct access to the guides in the area we wanted. We went with Jørn because he gave good clear information about cost, gear requirements, location and timings. He also gave us advice on accommodation in the area. As a guide he was very reassuring, methodical, informative but still fun and entertaining. We went for two days as a beginner course. My partner was slightly more anxious about ice climbing and he quickly helped her fears. He was also very accommodating when it came to me wanting to try and push my limits. I have other friends that have gone with Jørn for help with more advanced multi pitch trips and have enjoyed themselves immensely. So I could not recommend Jørn more for whatever level you are at; he will facilitate lots of fun, whilst being safe and learning a lot. Definitely want to return and will contact Jørn again when we do.



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!

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