Hard Ice 1 - Guide course

Hard Ice Guiding 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. The course is the first level of three to become a certified AIMG glacier guide. Teaching is mostly outside but 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

  • Group management

  • Communication

  • Risk management

  • Crevasse rescue

Participants must meet at least these prerequisites:

  • Have prior outdoor experience or Glacier Guiding skills course

  • Basic mountaineering skills (e.g. using crampons and basic knowledge of gear like belay ATC device, ice screws etc)

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

Participants will be evaluated throughout the course and the instructor will give constructive feedback to each participant.

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


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

25-28th March 2021 (Iceland)


Send your registration through the form on this site.

Price is 99.000 ISK per person.

  •  Why with Nunatak adventures?


We provide professional and qualified guides as instructors.  

Our instructors are very passionate about teaching about this amazing environment we work on,  some have studied Geology and Glaciology in University and then got hooked in the guiding industry, following their true passion. 

  • Why in Iceland?

The course is held in the locations where you will work as a glacier guide in the future so you will learn skills and at the same time get to know to your future "office".

  • Why in Greenland?


Doing such a course in Greenland for us is the best way to start your profession as glacier guide. In East Greenland there is no path or route to follow, so you will get used to from the beginning to use your skills of route selection, risk management and communication.


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