This page is dedicated to all the courses that we offer.
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. The course spreads over 5 days and cover topics like navigation, expedition planning, crevasse rescue, winter camping.
In winter time we offer the introduction to Avalanche course over two days.
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.
Hard Ice courses
Glacier guiding skills
During this 2-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 want to learn how to safely go on a glacier or as a requirement for Hard Ice course.
Hard Ice 1
15th - 18th March 2022
Hard Ice Guiding is a 4-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.
All Jokla courses are though by the Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides.
Workshop Hard Ice
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.
Mountaineering 101 - Iceland
18-22th May 2022. Fully booked
22-26th May 2023
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.
To be announced
This is a recreational course of 7 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...