The rugged Norwegian Mountains are packed with opportunities for adventure and exploration. Scaling walls, discovering caves, taking in breathtaking vistas and more. The availability and proximity to world class mountains is unmatched. We offer a variety of trips and courses designed to maximise the beauty surrounding us here in Meløy. To truly experience the freedom of the hills you need to access these mountains from all directions, above, on the side, and underneath.
A glacier is a distinctive world. The ice is a deep blue colour and forms summits and ridges with deep crevasses in between. Svartisen is the second largest glacier in Norway and covers an incredible 372 km2 of the country in ice. Our access point to the glacier is the lowest of any of the European mainland, at about 100 meters above sea level. These surroundings are perfect for a range of activities. We have several trips and difficulty levels to choose from.
Prepare yourself for two long day out together with a qualified guide. The first day starts early as we have long to go: all the way up a steep mountain path, til we have arrived at DNT cabin “Tåkeheimen”, beautifully situated at the glacier side, well above 1000 meters over sea level. Here we pack out and spend the night. The morning after we prepare to cross the glacier laying in front of us, our eyes fixed on the mountain top (1236m) ahead. Crampons are strapped onto our feet, axes in our hands; everyone is part of the rope-team which ensures safe travel over the glacier ice. Our guide navigates safely through and over crevasses, using at times ice-screws to ensure safe passage. Once on “the other side” the landscape opens up and we´re only a short climb away from the mountaintop. Clear signs of melting glaciers surround us, but the beauty of it all stays unparalleled. After a short break at the top, soaking in everything we return to make our way down towards the sea. Usually the trip on the first day takes approx. 5 hours including several short breaks. The next day will take you out for about the same amount of time. You will definitely feel it in your legs, but we promise it will be worth the muscle-ache! Our guides have over a decade of experience guiding on glaciers and mountains ensuring you get top quality, professional training. All our guides are qualified to work in the outdoors, holding nationally and/or internationally recognized qualifications. 2019 season: we arrange this glacier crossing/summit trip on request, for groups only. You need to be in a good physical condition as it is a demanding mountain hike. The best season for this trip is from July – October, however are you part of a group wanting to get out for a proper hike, do not hesitate to take contact! Updated prices for 2019: 1999,-NOK pp with a group consisting of min. 4 persons, including professional guiding and all needed glacier equipment. We provide private trips for groups fewer then 4 pers. for the minimum price of 7900,-NOK total. Please bring a backpack big enough to carry some equipment + a full set of clothing, sleeping bag, down jacket/warm sweater, gloves/mittens, hat, waterproofs, and enough food to carry you throughout these two days (we can make arrangements to share food). You need to wear sturdy hiking boots, and proper hiking clothes.
This course focuses entirely on the glacial aspect of your ascent and will equip you with various crevasse rescue techniques, ice climbing, route finding, gear usage and placement, and many of the other key elements that are integral parts of glacial traverses. Combining this course with our Alpine Mountaineering and/or Rock Climbing Training will give you a comprehensive introduction to alpine safety and manoeuvring. If you desire to truly experience the freedom of the hills, this is a great place to start. Our guides have over a decade of experience guiding on glaciers and mountains ensuring you get top quality, professional training. All our guides are qualified to work in the outdoors, holding nationally and/or internationally recognized qualifications. Download PDF Alpine Glacier Course
Raw and young, the landscape around the glacier Svartisen is steep and rugged and its weather is capricious.
You can go from sun in the morning to cold winds, rain, and snow in the afternoon. It is a dramatic place that engages your senses, challenges you physically and mentally, and promises to give you the adventure of a lifetime.
Offering mountain after mountain with long ridge traverses, and tons of new route potential. In other words: unparalleled adventures.
As well as offering a challenging but fun introduction to mountaineering for relative novices, our Alpine Mountaineering Training is particularly valuable for people with climbing experience, who want to progress to higher mountains in glaciated areas.
We teach the full range of skills needed for safe mountaineering on all types of alpine terrain. Including: rope work and rock skills on the first day, snow & ice climbing on the second and third. You can extend the training with high mountaineering in the latter part of the week where snow craft is incorporated into the program.
An important aspect of the training is that participants have plenty of opportunity to practice the techniques, and to lead the climbing rope for themselves wherever possible. The areas that we use for this training have been carefully selected to provide the best possible climbs for you to practice and develop your skills, with expert coaching and supervision from the Rocks & Rivers guides.
Our guides have over a decade of experience guiding on glaciers, mountains and the sea, ensuring you get top quality, professional training. All our guides are qualified to work in the outdoors, holding nationally and/or internationally recognized qualifications.
Here´s a quick overview of the trips we have planned in the near future. If you wish to book a trip outside of these days, please don´t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Good fitness and agility is required. We highly advice prior mountain hiking experience, e.g. from the Alps or similar terrain, due to the length of our trips. Minimum age: 12 years. Previous mountain experience for teenagers is strongly recommended.
Our trips vary from 2 to 5 days. To make the most of it, an extra day in the area could inspire other adventures. Our glacier course is broken into two mini-courses. ‘Blue Ice’ and ‘Snow Covered Ice’ each are 3 days duration. They can be booked together or separately. Date: Private course only.
Holandsvika; Located 2-3 hours south of Bodø and 4-5 hours north of Mo i Rana. It is situated along the stunning coastal highway RV17. GPS coordinates: 66*43´25.0″N 13*40´26.0″E Schedule for the boat: www.engenbreenskyss.no
We provide all necessary glacier equipment. Extra for the Alpine Glacier Course:
We recommend to stay at least one night near the glacier. Contact us if you´d like help to find accommodation in a hotel, camping place or even on one of the islands nearby. For the Alpine Glacier Course we recommend to stay in a tent close to the glacier on the blue ice course. Contact us if you´d like help to find accommodation in a house or cabin nearby. On the snow section course we stay at the DNT cabin Tåkeheimen.
Summit glacier crossing: 1999NOK* pp. incl. guide + glacier equipment. Alpine Glacier Course: 3 pers 3250NOK* pp, 4-5 pers 2900NOK* pp. *Transport, food and accommodation not incl. if not otherwise arranged. *excl.visa/mastercard payments 2.75% fee. Return transport from Holandsvika to Engabreen is approx 230NOK.
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