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Ice climbing is pursued by relatively many in Iceland.  When conditions are at their best, they’re world class according to those who are knowledgeable about climbing.  Numerous travel companies offer ice climbing trips under the supervision of seasoned guides.  By choosing that route you don’t just get a veteran ice climber, but also all of the right equipment and a trip at the best location every time.

If you would like to go on your own and you possess the knowledge and background that is needed, then there are some things to keep in mind:

  • First, as always, you should let someone know where you plan to go, how long you’ll stay and give them a copy of your intended routes.
  • Second, you should check the weather report and conditions for the area.
  • Finally, be sure your equipment is in working order.  The equipment list should contain, in addition to the ice climbing equipment: good inner and outerwear, extra clothes, snacks, flash lights, a first aid kit, GPS devices, maps and telecommunications devices.

Rock climbing is another component of climbing sports and is mostly done indoors during winter and outdoors during summer.  The main climbing areas here in Iceland are Stardalur, just outside of Reykjavik, Valshamar, right by Hvalfjörður and Hnappavellir, close to Skaftafell – the last location being a sort of Mecca for rock climbers in the summer.  We’re not aware of any travel companies offering rock climbing trips, but The Icelandic Alpine Club has sponsored trips and courses.

Though solo climbing is customary among rock climbers, it’s still always advised to climb attached by a line and wearing a helmet and other appropriate safety equipment.  It’s also necessary to have standard climbing equipment along as well as communication devices.