The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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Rjukan Ice-fest Meet 2017
From Thursday 16 February 2017
To Sunday 26 February 2017
Contact Smiler (Cuthbertson) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peri Stratchino (CC) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday 16 February 2017


The Saboteurs are on their way east (AND WEST) again!

The eighth Rjukan Ice-fest Meet is at our usual brilliant Ice Climbing Mecca. Check out the video Rjukan - The Power of Water

Smiler will have the Club’s Petzl ice screw sharpener on the Meet and we are already sharpening our tools, organising our car share teams and getting ready for an Icefest bonanza. 

Book soon - Places going fast - only a few left!!!


  • RJUKAN: 16th to 25th Feb - Gjestegård Hostel, Rjukan
    • Same routine as always (for newcomers to the Rjukan meet, full info pack on demand)

Getting there and away:

  • February 16th
    • Fly to Oslo (various departure and arrival airports).
    • Hire cars
    • Drive to Rjukan
    • Check in at the Gjestegård Hostel, Rjukan.
  • February 25th (or 26th) – Drive to Oslo Gardermoen or other airports
  • February 26th - Flights home

We will use our presence in Rjukan, to establish suitable accommodation for any Hemsedal teams, and some possibilities have already been voiced. It’s important that all members of fixed car teams going on both Meet options, agree with the same plan, as there could be complications with different car share team members. Suggested - 25th Late afternoon – Drive to Oslo Gardermoen from Rjukan or Hemsedal. The Edinburgh flight DY1355 leaves Oslo on the 26th at 09.30, the drive to Oslo Gardermoen is usually 3 to 3½ hours so leaving Rjukan on the 26th (on the flight day) usually needs a very early (and possibly icy) start from Rjukan. Or travelling the day before, the overnight at the airport, which has proved very comfortable.

NOTE: Some people have already booked flights with Norwegian Air (from Edinburgh) for the dates, 16th – 26th February 2017. Other UK departure airports are all available to Gardermoen, and Oslo‘s other, smaller airports as well, so there’s a flexibility choice for teams.

However, car sharing needs people flying into the same airport at the same time, or some members have to wait for others. Many Meet members have felt Edinburgh to Oslo Gardermoen with Norwegian Air to be as good as it gets.


  • Rjukan:
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    • Hostel cost around £35 (not £29 as previously stated). Total of around £45 if you take breakfast and day food (see additional costs below) - depending upon exchange rate fluctuations.
    • Additional costs:
      • In the past almost everyone has taken advantage of the Hostel's in-house breakfast (and free day food) which is circa £7 per person. This is not mandatory but self-catering at breakfast time is tricky in the main canteen.

Contact Details:  

Further details can be provided by either of the 2 organisers:

Smiler Cuthbertson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Tel. 01463 751230
  • Mob. 07792 391582

Peri Stratchino (CC) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Tel. 01904 416757


Haugfossen - WI4, Hemsedal

Relaxing in Hemsedal
Location Rjukan, Norway