Norway Ice Climbing Trips 2020
Norway is an ice climbing paradise with beautiful scenery, stunning climbs, friendly locals and world leading infrastructure. Peak Mountaineering first visited this magical place well over a decade ago and over the intervening years it has just got better and better.
We are heading back for more ice climbing weeks in winter 2020 and we’d love to welcome you along. We have 2 full weeks of vertical fun available and will be operating both in both Rjukan and Hemsedal. Every week is already confirmed to run and there are opportunities for all experience levels.
Rjukan is a small community in the region of Telemark which has established itself as a truly world class venue where 100’s of climb combine with skiing options and a rich wartime heritage (have a read of our blog posts here and here to find out more). Hemsedal, meanwhile, was the original home of Norwegian ice climbing and offers stacks of climbs of all lengths and difficulties. When you combine all this with reliably cold winter temperatures and very easy access.......you have ice climbing heaven!
Every week for 2020 is guaranteed to run but we still have spaces available. Have a read of the information below and get in touch to come and join us.
What’s on offer?
Peak Mountaineering do things a little differently because we want our Norway adventures to offer the very best quality instruction provision and to also allow options for every experience level. For this reason, in contrast to some providers, Peak Mountaineering always deliver our Norway trips on a 1:2 instructor to client ratio which maximises both safety and opportunities.
We also love Rjukan and Hemsedal because they have a really wide selection of beginner level climbs of different lengths whilst also offering a superb range of mid to hard grade routes. The routes range in length from gentle single pitch through to advanced level multi-pitch and many only take a few minutes to reach.
When do we go?
Norway offers reliable conditions from mid December to the end of March and, for 2020, we are offering 3 separate weeks of adventure right in the heart of the season. The first team will head out for a week in Rjukan between January 26 and February 2nd. We then have a second week in Hemsedal between 2nd and 9th February.
How much will it cost?
Norway is an expensive country and we won't hide the fact that any trip there is always going to be rather pricey - especially when combined with our low ratio guiding by highly qualified instructors. Having said that, this is not a normal holiday!
We prefer to keep the costs transparent. Our fee simply covers professional guiding, the free loan of any technical equipment required and logistical support. Participants will then be asked to cover their own transport and accommodation (we have isolated the likely costs under the various sections below).
The instruction price for 5 days (once flight/travel days are included we will have 5 instructor days and 1 midweek free choice/rest day) is £780 per person. You can secure the booking with a 30% deposit (£234) and participants are then simply asked to settle the balance within 8 weeks of the departure date (feel free to pay in instalments if you prefer).
What is the format for the week?
The advantage of having low instructor ratios is infinite flexibility - our teams can respond to conditions and participant requirements to ensure the best possible experience. Our instructors are experts in tailoring the venues and climbs to suit, and each evening a plan will be made for the next day.
After 3 days of climbing you’ll find your arms need a break and so we leave Thursday as a rest day. This offers the chance to ski, snow shoe or visit one of the local museums. Of course, you may also prefer to use the rest day simply to relax and there are cafes and even outdoor hot tubs in the villages. We’ll then get back on the ice for Friday and Saturday before departure on Sunday.
How do we get there?
Rjukan and Hemsedal are both accessible from a number of UK airports. The best airport to fly to is Oslo (Torp) which is a few hours drive away. We don’t book flights for clients but can guide you to good options. For example, Ryan Air currently have January flights from Manchester to Oslo (Torp) for an amazing £50 return (correct on 10/6/2019).
What about transport within Norway?
Participants will be asked to contribute to hire cars for the duration of the trip. This usually works out at about £100 per person.
Where do we stay?
We use a range of accommodation depending on the group size. In the past this has included log cabins, ski lodges and private houses. We generally choose self catering options as this offers maximum flexibility and gives a great group feel to the trip. It usually costs around £300 for accommodation and food.
Hopefully that offers enough information for now but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions. We are ready to get you booked on as soon as you’ve decided so please just use our website Contact Form here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 01433620283 and we’ll get you signed up. You really won’t regret it!
Posted by Paul