Hard Ice 1

Glacier Guide Training at a professional standard. 

Tour code: IMG120

Basic training for glacier guides

This 4 day course is run according to the standards of the Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides. Students will receive a certification of their skills up on a satisfactory completion of the course. The course covers both hard skills such as rescue techniques and soft skills that relate to both risk management and customer service. 

The IMG instructors on all our courses are among the best in the business, with a wealth of experience in different fields of guiding. IMG set the base for what is now the AIMG standard in training in cooperation with some of New Zealand's most experienced guides and instructors and has always been the biggest provider of AIMG training. 

IMG trained guides are sought after for guiding in Iceland and the Hard Ice guiding skills are a good foundations for various guiding jobs where risk management, quality of service and rope skills are needed.  On the IMG Hard Ice training courses you will be trained by some of the best and most experienced guides available in Iceland including: Ívar F. Finnbogason, Bjartur Týr Ólafsson, Mike Walker, Elín Lóa Baldursdóttir, Jón Yngvi Gylfason and more.

Prerequisites: On professional courses students must have a amateur background in the outdoors including some mountaineering and rope work experience, typically volunteer rescue teams (Iceland), climbing or mountaineering / climbing courses. Those lacking the relevant skills can look at our Mountain Skills Course for preparation.  

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty - Moderate




    Demanding some effort and certain endurance. Good health and some hiking experience is required. 6-8 hours walk per day. Often involves carrying your own gear.

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  • Group 319


    4 days

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    Meeting Point

    IMG office in Reykjavík

    Meeting Point

    Possible to meet the group in Skaftafell

  • Group 550

    Group Size

    4 - 10

  • Group 65



  • 20

    Minimum age

    20 yrs

Guides on this Tour

Tour Highlights


  • Experienced and qualified instructors
  • Technical group equipment
  • Transport from / to Reykjavík
  • Food during the course

Not Included

  • Accommodation (camping is possible)
  • Personal equipment
  • Food during travels to/from Reykjavík