Hard Ice 1 - Guide course

Hard Ice 1 is a four day - 40 hours course where the basics in guiding groups on hard ice are taught. 

The course is taught by AIMG standards of "Jökla 1" for those who want to work in the glacier guiding industry  in Iceland by a certified AIMG instructor. The course is the first level of three to become a certified AIMG glacier guide. 

Teaching is mostly outside, with a few sessions inside before or after a day on the glacier.

Minimum number of participants for the course to be held is 4 and maximum 6. 


The course covers the following topics:

  • Route selection and terrain analysis

  • Communication

  • Group management

  • Rope skills

  • Risk management

  • Crevasse rescue

Participants must have following pre-requirements:

  • Have prior outdoor experience or Glacier Guiding skills course

  • Basic mountaineering skills: the use of crampons and basic knowledge of gear like the belay ATC device, ice screws and carabiners

  • Knowledge of knots (figure of 8 and over hand on a bite, clove hitch, munter hitch, prusik knot)

Nunatak Adventures offers another course called Glacier Guiding Skills as a preparation for this course in which we go over all the basic skills required for you to be able to sign up for Jokla 1.

Participants will be evaluated throughout the course.

At the end of the course every student will receive a fail or pass and feedback along with a certification of completion of the course. 

If participants complete the course successfully, they will be eligible to apply for Jokla 2 course, after meeting the other prerequisites found on AIMG's website.

Here attached you can find the gear list needed for this course. A detailed program will be sent to all participants one month prior to the course. 

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

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

We offer this course in Iceland and East Greenland.

Next course is:

11-14th March 2021 (Iceland)

22-25th May 2021 (Iceland)


Send your registration through the form on this site.

Price is 99.000 ISK per person.

  •  Why with Nunatak adventures?

All our instructors are AIMG certified and have years of experience guiding on different glaciers all over Iceland, Greenland and the Alps.

Our instructors are very passionate about their work in the outdoors and this profession. We want to share and pass on this passion and knowledge by teaching courses and forming professional and qualified guides.

As a small and local company we make it our mission to offer you personal and exciting days, filled with information and learning techniques that will give you the confidence and knowledge to start a career as a glacier guide in Iceland.

  • Why in Iceland?

The course is held in the locations where you will work as a glacier guide in the future. You will learn skills and everything you need to know about keeping you and others safe and at the same time get to know to your future "office".

  • Why in Greenland?

We believe that doing a course like this in Greenland is one of the best ways to start your path of becoming a glacier guide. The glaciers in Greenland are barely touched and visited by other people and offer an even more remote and raw place to learn skills like route selection, risk management and communication.

At the same time joining our courses in Greenland gives you the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful and special places on earth while investing into your future by learning new skills and taking the first steps towards a career in the outdoors.


Contact us:
Nunatak Adventures
Email: info@nunatakadventures.com
Greenlandic phone: +299 281591
Whatsapp: +354 7867151

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