Rjukan Ice Climbing

Rjukan, Norway
7 days
Up to 2 people
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Course Overview

Rjukan is quite simply an ice climbers paradise. There’s a wide range of ice falls, with short walk ins, and a stable climate guaranteeing cold weather and reliable conditions. There are over 200 different ice falls from single pitch test pieces to 400m long multi pitch classics.  If that’s not enough then if you need a rest day there’s even a great local ski area or if you’d prefer something more restful then you can spend the day learning about the areas fascinating World War 2 history- involving the The Heroes of the Telemark and the destruction of the Heavy Water Plant.

As this is a private course we are able to tailor each day, and the week, to your individual aims and aspirations. So whether you want to learn to ice climb, learn to independently lead ice climbs or be guided up classic routes every day – we can make it happen. The course will be delivered at a maximum ratio of one instructor to two clients which enables us to be very flexible therefore allowing us to head out each day and climb wherever the conditions are best. The majority of climbing will be in the WI grade 2 to 4 range (Scottish Grade III to V).

To get a flavour of what ice climbing in Norway is like then check out this great short video, by No Routes Found, showcasing just one of Rjukan’s world class ice climbing crags:

Course Duration & Dates

This is a seven day trip, with five climbing days – Saturday 25th January – Friday 31st January 2020.

Maximum Client to Instructor Ratio: 2:1

We run this course with a maximum of two clients to one instructor. Our low ratios ensure you receive personalised coaching, allowing you to maximise your learning and enjoyment during your course.

10% Discount Available

To anyone that has attended a course with us before.


1 person £1,900
2 people £950 per person

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Please note – for our 1:2 ratio course we require a £300 deposit per person and for our 1:1 ratio course we require a £500 deposit to secure your place. The remainder of the course fee can be paid in one go, or instalments, but is due no later than 12 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Detailed Information

    Any ice climbing trip to Norway is never going to be cheap, but with over 200 single and multi-pitch ice climbs (20m – 400m long) that are reliably in condition and are often only a short walk from the car then it is always well worth it! We run ice climbing trips to Rjukan every winter and it never disappoints, so whether your keen to tackle your first ice climbs, be guided up classics or get to grips with leading on ice then there really isn’t a better place to go.


    Course Content

    This is a private course which is run at either a 1:1 or 1:2 instructor to client ratio, as this allows us to offer three different course options:


    • Introduction to Ice Climbing
    • Learn to Lead Ice Climbs
    • Guided Classics


    Once you have chosen your course option we will then tailor it to your own abilities and aspirations thus ensuring you receive exactly the right course for you. We will choose the content of each day to make the best use of the prevailing conditions, as well as the aspirations and fitness of the team. As such it isn’t possible to provide a definitive programme for the day/week.


    How do I get there?

    Rjukan is roughly a three hour drive away from Oslo (Gardermoen Airport) which has good air links to Manchester, London, Edinburgh and other regional UK airports. We will be flying out on a Saturday and returning the following Friday as this allows you to choose direct flights from the widest range of possible airports in the UK. Flights cost around £150, return. Feel free to fly from which ever airport you prefer, all we ask is that you arrive no later than 5pm (local time) at Oslo Gardermoen Airport on the first day of your course. In country we’ll use a hire car, and share the costs – around £100 person, and your instructor will drive and provide you with a transfer from the airport to Rjukan (3 hours), and back, as well driving you out to each days climbing location.


    What about accommodation?

    We will be staying in a warm and comfortable chalet, located right at the heart of the ice climbing area, near the centre of the town. The rooms will be shared. There is a self-catering kitchen, and usually we’ll put together a kitty for buying food, and all contribute to the cooking and washing up. However if you’d prefer to cook on your own, or eat out every night then that’s no problem either. If you’re wishing to stay with us then please allow £250 per person to cover this.


    Who will my instructor be?

    Your instructor for the week will be an MIC holder (the UK’s highest qualification for teaching winter/ice climbing and mountaineering) and a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and they will have a vast wealth of experience teaching, and guiding, ice climbing.


    What’s included in the course price?

    • 5 days of ice climbing guiding/instruction
    • All Safety Equipment – including ice axes, crampons, harnesses and helmets.


    What’s isn’t included in the course price?

    • Flights (UK to Oslo) – these cost roughly £150 return (price correct as of February 2019)
    • Accommodation –  We have booked a nice, self-catered, chalet in the centre of Rjukan for the week. If you’d like to stay there with us then please budget for around £250 per person.
    • Food – if self-catering then allow around £60 per person for the week.
    • Car Hire & Airport Transfers – we ask our clients to share the car hire costs, as such please allow around £100 per person for this.
    • Personal Travel Insurance – £50 per person with BMC Insurance (price correct as of the 2nd February 2019)


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  • Testimonials

    “Did an ice climbing week in Rjukan, Norway with Jake of Adventure Expertise in January 2019. It was great! Jake really does know his stuff and has infinite patience. As he knows the area well, he was able to tailor the climbing well, as our abilities improved throughout the week. Was a lovely mix of ‘cragging’ and multi-pitch climbing, with a bit of a confidence booster of just how strong Abalakov threads in ice are for abseiling from. Highly recommended.”

    Charlene Gibson, February 2019


    “I recently came back from an excellent week learning to lead water ice in Rjukan with Jake and my climbing buddy Charlene. After building up my skills leading in winter and summer conditions I wanted to gain confident on ice. The time in Norway was structured, progressive and delivered with expertise and patience. We drilled down into gear placement, setting up belays, safe and considered movement, technique and leading.”

    Trace Sutton, February 2018


    “Spent a week in Rjukan, Norway learning how to ice climb properly. Jake was absolutely first class, from providing different axes to try out and proper ice climbing crampons, to giving us practice drills to improve our movement on the ice. His instruction was clear and progressive, and I could feel improvements in my skills and confidence throughout the week (managed to top rope a WI4!). I managed to build up to leading my first pitch by the end of the week, which was great. 

    The logistics were all excellent – transfers to/from airport, accommodation and finding the best venues for what we wanted to do. I’d definitely do more trips with them and have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.”

    Charlene Gibson, February 2018

Private Course

We only run this course privately as this enables us to tailor it to your personal goals and to ensure it’s pitched at the right level for you. We strongly believe that personalised courses run by great instructors and low instructor to student ratios are key to ensuring you develop your skills safely and swiftly.

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