Glacier guiding skills

Glacier Guiding skills course is a 2 days, where the basic requirements to become a glacier guide under the standards of the AIMG are built. 

The course is divided in two: the first is an introduction meeting in Reykjavik where all the glacier gear needed is described and other topics are thought, like  professionalism, knots and glaciology. 

The next day we will head to Sólheimajokull glacier to practice the hard skills of crampons techniques, rope work of ascending and repelling from a rope and crevasse rescue is presented. 

The goal of this course is to form you as a critical thinking guide to be safe in the glacier environment and build enough knowledge to continue learning skills towards becoming a certified glacier guide. 

The course covers the following topics:

  • Gear specs and knots

  • Glaciology lecture and risks from the environment

  • Crampons techniques

  • Ascending and rapelling 

  • Anchors 

  • Introduction to crevasse rescue

Participants must meet at least these prerequisites:

  • Have prior outdoor experience 

The instructors will give constructive feedback to each participant and make a personal path of growth towards the final goal of becoming a glacier guide.

After completing this course, participants will be eligible to apply for "Hard Ice 1 guide course" (jokla 1).

Attached here you can find the gear list needed for this course. A detail program will be sent to all participants one month prior the course. 

Each participant is responsible for his/her accommodation and transportation during the course.

In case of extreme weather conditions we have the possibility of doing indoor sessions.


Next course is:

18th-19th September 2021

Send your registration through the form on this site.

Price is 54.900 ISK per person.


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