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Glacier course Austre Okstindbreen

This course takes place on one of Norway's oldest glaciers, Okstindbreen. At the foot of Northern Norway's highest mountain, everything is set for educational days.

If you want to learn the basics to safely navigate glaciers during the summer, this is the right course for you. Over 3 days, we will practice crampon techniques, rope team routines, and glacier navigation trip planning. If weather permits, we will attempt to summit Oksskolten (1916masl) on the final day.

Accommodations are in the area, not far from Kjensvasshytta, which is accessible by car in the summer.

Content:

- Glaciology

- Campins and ice axe technique

- Rope team routines

- Glacier rescue

- Navigation and trip planning

- Summit day towards one of the peaks around the glacier

For: Those in reasonably good physical condition who want to learn how to navigate glaciers. 

Where: Austre Okstindbreen

Group: 3-6 participants per guide. Requires a minimum of 3 participants to proceed.

Price: 4500 NOK per person.

Participants are responsible for covering their own expenses related to transportation, accommodation and food.

When: June-september

Registration: fjellforing@gmail.com or call +47 452 15 505

Planned courses 2024 (primarily in Norwegian)

18-21. July: 3 spots available 

22-25. august: available places

Practical information 

Meeting Point

We gather the evening before the course starts at the agreed meeting point.

Accommodation

We establish a tent camp not far from the road on a flat and nice moraine ridge. If desired, accommodation can be booked at the DNT cabin Kjennsvasshytta, which is 2 km from the tent camp.

Food

Participants arrange their own food for the course.

Navigating glaciers in midsummer can be quite contrasting, so pack what's listed in the equipment list; it's better to have a little too much clothing.

Equipment List

Clothing

  • Wind and waterproof outerwear

  • Wool underwear x 2

  • Wool socks x 2

  • Hat, gloves, and mittens

  • Down jacket / wool sweater

  • Camp clothes

General equipment

  • Backpack, 40L recommended

  • First aid kit

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

  • Emergency blanket if you have one

  • Water bottle and thermos

  • Personal hygiene items

Personal glacier equipment

  • Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support

  • Crampons

  • Ice axe

  • Helmet

  • Harness

  • Ice screw (long 21/22cm)

  • Snow anchor x 1

  • Prusik loops, 2 pieces

  • Carabiners, 3 pieces

  • Locking carabiners, 3 pieces

  • 120cm slings, 2 pieces

All glacier equipment can be rented from Bodø Fjellføring for 600 NOK, except for hiking boots.

Camp 

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad

  • Stove and cookware

  • Hygiene items

  • 5L water jug is handy

Bodø Fjellføring provides ropes and any other equipment needed to complete the course.

Other glacier courses: If you want a tailor-made glacier course for you and your friends, or a course at Svartisen, please contact us, and we will help you create a comprehensive course tailored to your wishes!

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