Announcment - Changes due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, gathering bans and other restrictions there have been made changes to the schedule of our courses. We will not be able to host all of the courses we planned. Dates and availability shown below might have changed. We try to update all as fast as possible. Course schedule for autumn 2020 will be published in July. Please contact us via email at for any questions.
This page is dedicated to all the courses that we provide. We offer recreational courses and professional courses for those who would like to work in Iceland as a glacier guide.
Big part of guiding is sharing the passion for the natural environment of Glaciers to other people in a safe and professional way. Teaching is for us a big pleasure and duty to form knowledgeable and skilled guides that can share the same passion and preservation for this fragile environment that we are thankful to call it "our office".
As we take this profession very serious, even if the Icelandic standards are for now valid just in Iceland, we want to form very skilled and professional guides, so we offer a wide range of levels stating from the very basic Glacier guiding skills where the hard skills of rope work and some soft skills of glaciology are thought.
Hard ice 1 guide course or Jökla 1 is the first of three courses to become a fully certified glacier guide in Iceland under the standards of the Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides (AIMG).
After taking Jökla 1 and working for while for a company you might consider taking a preparation course, Workshop hard ice 2 & 3, before taking the next exam of Jökla 2 or 3. During that three day course you'll learn more advanced skills but others are simply repeated so that you will show up more confident to your next exam or next day at work.
In Iceland we offer also a Mountaineering 101 course where you gain the experience to travel on snow covered glaciers and reach few of the most iconic peaks of Iceland, like the famous volcano Eyjafjallajokull and the highest peak Hvannadalshnjúkur.
In East Greenland, we offer the Advanced Hard ice & Alpine course where we put our focus specially on the snow covered glacier and alpine techniques of roping up and the advanced hard skills of hard ice to be able to evaluate and find a safe way through any glacier we will go.
Glacier guiding skills
During this 3-days course you will gain the foundations of rope work, building experience on crampons and the use of the gear that one day will be of your daily use.
The course is the first step to take if you have outdoor experience but don't meet the requirements of the Hard Ice 1 guide course.
28th Feb - 1st March
8th - 10th May
Hard ice 1 guide course
Iceland or Greenland
Hard Ice Guiding is a four day course where the basics in guiding groups on hard ice are taught.
The course is taught by AIMG standards of "Jökla 1" (Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides) .
The course is the first level of three to become a certified AIMG glacier guide.
We offer this course both in Iceland and East Greenland.
13th - 16th March - Iceland
11th - 14th May - Iceland
Workshop hard ice 2 & 3
This course is built for guides already working in the Icelandic industry as glacier guides and want to learn new skills or simply get more confident before signing up for the next exam.
During these three days we will cover all hard skills needed to know to show up more confident at to the next exam of Jökla 2 or Jökla 3.
Guides: Min 2. max 6 participants
Duration: 3 days (1 afternoon in Reykjavik, 2 days in Sólheimajokull)
Dates: contact us
Cost: 45.000 isk per person
5 days course
The main goal of this recreational course is to teach you the mountain skills needed for you to enjoy the mountains in a safe environment. You will learn how to travel on a snow covered glacier and together we will reach few epic summits of Iceland.
What is included:
- 5 days guided course thought by a member of the AIMG alpine trekking guide
- a document at the end of the course to be added on your CV
Dates: May-June 2020
Participants: max 6
Price: contact us
This is a recreational course of 5 days spent in remote fjords and mountains of East Greenland, where you will learn many skills needed to safely move in the mountains.
It covers many topics such: gear, navigation on glaciated terrain, crevasse extraction, weather, glaciology, wilderness camping...
Date: 2nd - 7th July 2020
Number of participants: max 6
Price: 1.500 euro
Advanced Hard ice
& Alpine course
This is an advanced course built for guides and passionate outdoors who want to learn different and more skilled guiding techniques in a new and wild environment.
The course covers hard ice and alpine guiding techniques in challenging terrain. At the end of this course you will gain experience and confidence for your future goals.
This is a good opportunity as well for guides working in Iceland to prepare for the last Glacier guiding or Alpine exams under the AIMG standards.
Date: 20th-29th July 2020 (date of flights)
Number of participants: max 6
Price: 1.800 euro per person