Hard Ice 1



Course Summary:

This is a unique and challenging 4 day (40 hours) course, with an optional 1-day add-on to reinforce basic technical components, provides a foundation for guide candidates to start their guiding career.  This course is taught to the AIMG (Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides) standard. Signing up for this course will also give students access to training videos that will cover topics like crevasse rescue, abseiling, and ascending. Following the successful completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to shadow a Glacier Adventure professional guide during a tour with clients.

Course Details:

Course Name: Hard Ice 1 (Jökla 1)
Dates: Have a look at GA Events
Cost: 99,000 ISK
Ratio: 1:6 (minimum 4)
*Check with your union for an educational grant

Who is this course for?

This course can serve both those who are interested in the glacier guiding career path or just want to learn more about recognizing and managing hazards on glaciated terrain. This course is taught to the AIMG “ Jökla 1” standard. Also, because of our desire to provide the best instruction possible, we’ve added an optional 1-day add-on that will be utilized to reinforce the basic technical skills required for Hard Ice 1. We will also provide shadowing opportunities after the successful completion of the course.


Route selection
Communication with client
Group management
Basic rope systems
Crevasse rescueIce Climbing

Prerequisites to the course:

Students who are interested in participating in this course are expected to have some experience climbing or traveling in the backcountry. This means that students will have knowledge of crampons and how to use them as well as some basic understanding of knots.

Extra day of training (optional add-on): 

We at Glacier Adventure know that 4 days often seems too little to absorb all the information that will be thrown at you during the course and because of this we’ve added an optional add-on day to reinforce the basic technical components of Hard Ice 1. Some of the topics will include knots (Figure 8, overhand, clove hitch, and munter hitch), anchors, focal point knots, as well as learning the basics of abseiling and ascending. This will allow you to focus more on performing while on the glacier.


Participants will be evaluated throughout the course and feedback will be provided. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a pass/fail and relevant feedback.

Gear Requirements:

When you sign up for the course you will receive a list of required gear. Also, if you are curious about the gear, feel free to send us an email and ask us about it before you sign up. Glacier Adventure can provide gear as well upon requests such as crampons, boots, cordelettes, and some other technical gear.


There are many options for accommodation in the area. Glacier Adventure can assist with this if necessary.

*We do not provide Transportation or Food.


Why Glacier Adventure?

With our unique ability to provide an indoor training facility, shadowing opportunities for course graduates, as well as Hard Ice instructional videos made by our fully certified AIMG instructors, we are in a position to offer a great return on your investment. Below are a summary of our courses as well as shadowing opportunities:

How to Book?

For more and detailed information please contact us at [email protected]




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