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Iceclimbing in Norway Rjukan

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Category: educational iceclimbing program
Duration: 11 days
Season: February - April

Program price from: 1850 Euro

Rjukan is the iceclimbing capital of Norway, the most popular and closest area to Oslo, with a high concentration of waterfalls that freeze over in winter and makes an ideal iceclimbing training ground.

Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area
Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area

Iceclimbing in Rjukan is an opportunity to try this winter sport in its classic conditions. At the same time, the level of safety during iceclimbing in Rjukan fully complies with high European safety standards.

Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area
Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area

The infrastructure of the Rjukan area not only makes it possible the comfortable stay, but also provides the opportunity to receive immediate professional assistance in the case of an accident. This option is extremely important to consider when choosing a location for iceclimbing, since this type of activity has a high risk category.

Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area
Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area

The ice climbing area in Rjukan is limited by the cascades of the Vestfjorddallen gorge. All sectors for iceclimbing are located compactly and have an easy access to them - minimal time is spent on crossings and approaches to the cascades.

Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area
Iceclimbing on the cascades in the Rjukan area

Rjukan is a unique place, rich in both natural attractions (the beautiful lakes Mosvatn and Tinsaya, the Rjukan waterfall) and as well the historical artifacts of recent world history.

In Rjukan there is an interesting local history museum dedicated to the history of the Rjukan Hydroelectric Power Station and the researches of “Heavy Water” - bright pages of the history of Norway and Europe during the Second World War.

Excursion to the Rjukan Local History Museum - Museum of History and 'Heavy Water'
Excursion to the Rjukan Local History Museum - Museum of History and 'Heavy Water'

A visit to the museum is included in the program of the MCS AlexClimb Rjukan Ice Climbing School.

Accommodation during the iceclimbing program is organized at the famous iceclimbing hostel "Old School Rjukan", where ice climbers from all over Europe gather during the winter season.

Breakfast in the dining room of the ice climbing hostel 'Old School Rjukan'
Breakfast in the dining room of the ice climbing hostel 'Old School Rjukan'

The course is coached by the international mountain guide and experienced climber Alex Trubachev - you can read his biography here. In the evenings after intensive days of iceclimbing, sitting comfortably by the fireplace, all members of our iceclimbing team share their plans and tell stories about traveling and climbing mountain peaks.

The Iceclimbing course is available in English and Spanish.

During ice climbing training during the Ice Climbing Course in Norway
During ice climbing training during the Ice Climbing Course in Norway


This 9-day program "MCS AlexClimb Outdoor Iceclimbing course in Norway" is designed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing or specially in iceclimbing and who want to try themselves at the vertical cascade ice. Climbing ice routes is not very hard physically, does not require stay in the high altitude conditions.

Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend passing the MCS AlexClimb Course of general physical preparation and Course of Mountain Technique (basic level) before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work.

Program Schedule

Schedule of the iceclimbing training program by MCS AlexClimb

Program: "Iceclimbing school in Norway, Rjukan, season 2024":
Educational training iceclimbing program on the natural terrain - cascade ice

The proposed version of the program contains additional options and is not the final schedule. Can only be considered as an example of the content of the Norway Rjukan Ice Climbing Course program.

The final option is agreed upon at the time of booking, based on the wishes of the participants and the approved program budget

Day 1 - International flight to Oslo, Norway. Transfer to Rjukan (1.45 hours), accommodation in the iceclimbing hostel "Old School Rjukan" (common room, dining room, kitchen, shower, sauna). Group meeting, detailed explanation of the program schedule, answers to the questions. We prepare dinner by ourselves in the shared kitchen (as we do on all subsequent days)

Day 2 - Iceclimbing training on the cascades - safety briefing, training in basic techniques for climbing vertical ice using crampons and ice axes.

Day 3 - Iceclimbing training on the cascades - on this day we practice the skills acquired the day before and increase the volume of the climbing - during the training, participants do 8-10 ascents along relatively vertical ice routes with a height of at least 25 meters. Classes are held with a top rope belay organized by a guide.

Day 4 - Day of rest from iceclimbing - change of activity. As an option to fill out a day of rest - we offer to do ski touring (equipment rental is not included in the price of the program). We will make an exciting ski ascent to the highest peak of the Rjukan region, Gaustaoppen, with an altitude of 1883 meters and an altitude gain approximately 1000 meters from the start of the ascent.

Climbing on the skis does not present any particular technical difficulty; no special skiing skills are required. All participants will be fully instructed and equipped with special ski touring equipment. The ascent takes place along a slope with a steepness of 10°-15°, the descent category is no more than a green route.

Day 5 - Excursion rest day - we rest completely from any physical activity. On this day we will visit the Rjukan Local History Museum - the "Heavy Water Museum" - a unique opportunity to have a look at the key events of the 20th century from a neutral political position. As a bonus - a detailed history of the town of Rjukan and the Hydroelectric Power Plant

Day 6 - Iceclimbing training on the cascades, getting back into shape after two days without iceclimbing

Day 7 - This day is completely dedicated to the training on the vertical ice of the Rjukan Cascades. Detailed attention is paid to the climbing techniques and organization of belay; participants are offered a lecture on the different techniques for organizing the belay points on ice using various iceclimbing equipment. The volume of iceclimbing on this day is 12-15 climbs along vertical routes.

Day 8 - We continue to increase the volume of iceclimbing and again train to conquer the vertical cascades of Rjukan. The third day of climbing in a row is a very difficult test for the participants of the program. The power leaves and you have to use all the acquired technical iceclimbing skills in order to save energy for 10-12 ascents along the vertical routes of the cascade. We consolidate and improve iceclimbing techniques.

Day 9 - Say goodbye to Rjukan and finish our iceclimbing program. Transfer to Oslo airport, return international flight

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Prices and conditions

You have to be be ready for: 2-3 hours of daily active ice climbing

Cost of the program: "Ice climbing course in Norway Rjukan 2024": 1850 euros

Conditions: group of 8 participants, a short MCS AlexClimb iceclimbing course is recommended before the trip.

The price includes: all transfers from and to Oslo (minivan), accommodation in the Old School Rjukan hostel, English-speaking iceclimbing instructor, use of a common basic first aid kit, rental of common climbing equipment (ropes, safety equipment).

Price does not include: EU visa fees (if applicable), international flight costs (Oslo), compulsory climbing insurance, personal equipment rental, food and drinks.

Group capacity: 8

Guide (instructor): 1

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Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.