Find your tour

Glacier Travel Course - IMG113

Learn from the professionals how to travel on a glacier




Price from:  

Adult: 110000

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Departures: 26th - 28th May 2018

Duration: Three days on the glacier

Accommodation: camping

Pick up: Accommodation in Reykjavík

Group size: minimum 4 persons needed to confirm

We provide: Training for three days on the glacier. One instructor per six participants. All common specialised glacier gear, all transport to and from Reykjavík, accommodation and food during the course (breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 3 excluded).

You bring: Personal gear (can be rented) and clothing.

  • Tour Description

    Beginners glacier travel course - Three days of hands on training on an outlet glacier.

    During the 3 day course participants will learn the most important techniques of both glacier travel and roped rescue on glaciated terrain. Topics also include basic mountaineering techniques such as self arrest and anchor building although most of the effort is on rope systems for partner rescue and self rescue.  Rescue training will be done both on hard ice (dry glacier) as well as on a snow covered glacier. The course also includes discussions on route planing and glaciology relevant to route planing and an introduction to ice climbing.

    No previous mountaineering or climbing experience is required. Participants are expected to be in good physical shape.

    Appropriate outdoor clothing is necessary, including sturdy hiking boots. Gear specific to the course is included. A full gear-list will be provided up on booking.

    For booking, contact

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day I :
    After picking up all members of our team we head out of the city, the destination in the Sólheimajökull outlet glacier (3 hours from Reykjavík). Sólheimajökull is very accessible and up on arrival we climb onto it for our fist exercises of the day. After a short session abseiling that will familiarize the team to the use of ropes and carabiners we through our self's into learning self rescue from a crevasse. To top of the day we will be introduced to pulley systems, used to effectively pull a partner out of a crevasse.

    Day II :
    Training on a glacier above snowline: Route finding, travelling roped up on a glacier (different ways depending on direction of crevasses and other things), friction knots on rope, snow anchors (e.g. snow stake, vertical and horizontal), connecting anchors, crevasse rescue etc. Expect a long but rewarding day as we will reach snow by walking up the Sólheimajökull glacier, far beyond where even the longest day tours on the popular glacier go.

    Day III :
    With out doubt we will have a few questions unanswered and this last day is just for that. We are once again heading up on Sólheimajökull where we will set up the system once more - address any issues untouched and then finish off with a bit of Ice Climbing. After this day everyone should feel confident in their glacier travel skills and ready to start building on that with some personal experience.

    During the course we will stay at the campsite in Skógar. 

  • Equipment List

    IMG Mountaineering courses

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Boots
      • Ice climbing – stiff crampon compatible boots (can be rented, included on IMG 115).
      • Mountaineering – the stiffer the better, sturdy and waterproof with good ankle support.
    • Long and short sleeve (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland
    • Gloves 2-3 pairs of different thickness – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Gaiters (winter and snow oriented courses)
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in). Expect to carry some communal gear.
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient (depends on tour).  
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Headlamp.
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
    • Swim suit (depends on tour).

     Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
    • Slippers for indoor use.
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

     Climbing gear – basics:  

    The climbing gear needed for IMG courses is mostly included, see given course. Where not included affordable renting options are available. Feel free to bring your own gear – and we will teach you all about it!

    • Harness – lightweight harness with gear-loops.
    • Helmet – climbing helmet.
    • Crampons – fitting for your boots and the given activity (mountaineering vs. ice-climbing).
    • 2 – 4 locking karabiners – large opening, pear shape.
    • Belay device – with guide mode, e.g. Petzl Reverso / BD-ATC Guide.
    • Ice –axe(s). Lightweight classical axe/pick and/or two climbing tools (depending on activity).

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact