Icelandic Mountain Guides staff training

Icelandic Mountain Guides is proud to be an award winning as well as a leading company for staff training in Icelandic tourism. We have over 20 years of experience in educating, entertaining and assuring the safety of our guests. This applies to the Greenland Ice cap, the summit of Antarctica and everywhere in between. The pinnacle of our educational program is the 27 days of direct training and exams our glacier guides go through from the time they are hired until they achieve the full requirements for an IMG Mountain Guide. Our award winning training program is based on safety and training standards from New Zealand. In addition to training courses, our guides work over 100 days under direct and indirect supervision and are required to advance to a certain standard in their personal mountaineering. Most of our guides will have completed an eight day Wilderness First Responder first aid course and have received advanced training from working with the elite units of the Icelandic rescue teams.

Below you will find a description on the individual courses and exams included in the IMG training system. All courses are open to non-IMG guides given that they have the right qualifications as stated in prerequisites for each course.

This course introduces guiding on glaciers for new guides. The course is a full 4 days and takes place on one of the glaciers in the Vatnajökull National Park (Skaftafell).

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The exam covers 3 ½ days and covers all areas of Hard Ice Guiding. The main topics are Ice-Climbing, route selection, client care, rescue scenarios and group management. The examination also takes in covers the guides knowledge of the area and ability to educate and entertain guests. The examination takes place on a glacier in the Vatnajökull National Park (Skaftafell).

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The Level II exam covers 3 ½ days and covers all areas of Hard Ice Guiding. The main topics are the same as on the Level I Hard Ice Guide Exam but with considerably harder demands on ability. The examination takes place on a glacier in the Vatnajökull National Park (Skaftafell).

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This 8 day course is aimed at training climbers and mountaineers to use their skills in a professional context while guiding mountaineering and climbing trips.

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The IMG Mountain Guide Exam takes 8 days. During that time the students are evaluated on all fields of mountain guiding, from personal climbing ability, to short-roping and knowledge of nature and weather. A strong emphasis is on good rope work, efficient work methods, risk evaluation and mitigation.

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The Summit Guide Course is designed for those guides with in IMG that aim to guide groups on snow covered glaciers. An example would be tours on Hvannadalshnukur, Iceland’s highest summit.

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IMG has developed this course in co-operations with guides from Iceland Rovers. The aim of the course is to teach super-jeep drivers and guides affective skills for crevasse rescue – where the car can be used as an anchor. The two day courses teaches rope handling indoors before heading out for a crevasse rescue training in real conditions.

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