Organization of undergraduate studies

A guide with a focus on glacier guiding

The guide course with a focus on glacier guiding is a 60-unit specialized program in mountaineering and guiding, students need to complete 56 units to graduate. The program can be taken in two or four semesters.

Studying on the track is intended to increase students’ ability to travel through the mountains and wilderness in Iceland and to be able to lead a group of people in a safe and responsible manner.

In order to start a course in guiding with a focus on glacier guiding, the applicant must have completed a matriculation degree, journeyman’s degree or other similar study. Exams from primary subject departments of universities are considered equivalent to a matriculation exam. Applicants who have reached the age of 18 and have no formal education but have worked in mountaineering tourism can request an exemption from the admission requirements.

The book phases of the program are taught via distance learning, and the practical phases are taught steadily throughout the semester for 4-7 days at a time. You can view the undergraduate program calendar on this page to see when courses are taught.