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Terms & Conditions for the Glacier course with Thule Expeditions

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Tour price:

The total tour price per person is 5500 DKK pr. person including VAT.

 

What is included/not included for the Glacier Course in Norway.

 

The following points are included in the tour price for the Expedition Course in Norway:

  • Instruction from a qualified Arctic Nature Guide and Norwegian certified glacier instructor

  • All glacier equipment, harness, slings, carabiners, helmets, crampons, ice axes

  • All safety equipment, including satellite emergency beacons

  • Transport during the course from camping ground to the glaciers for max. 4 participants

 

The following points are NOT included in the tour price for the Glacier Course in Norway, and the participants are responsible themselves for fixing/bringing these points before the expedition course starts:

  • Transport to/from “Jostedalen” in Norway

  • Accomodation at “Jostedalen Camping”

  • All food and snacks, grocery store close to camping ground

  • Personal Clothing (must be able to keep warm and dry during long days on the glaciers, expect day temperatures down to zero degree Celsius and wind and rain)

  • Backpack (minimum 45 litres)

  • Hiking boots (must be solid mountain hiking boots, no shoes are allowed)

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Any extra expenses due unforeseen events and changes (delayed flights, extra logistics and accommodation)

Tour dates:

  • All participants must arrive latest at 18.00, on the first day of the itenerary, at “Jostedalen camping” in Norway. However, it is recommended to arrive earlier than 18.00 if possible.

  • The course ends sometime during the late afternoon or evening on the last day of the itenerary. Therefore it will be difficult for participants travelling with public transport to leave this day. However participants that are driving themselves can plan on leaving during the late afternoon or evening this day.

 

Structure of the Glacier course:

 

  • All participants are arriving on the first day at “Jostedalen camping”. After arrival we will have introductions and talk about expectations for the course. Afterwards there will be handed out equipment for adjusting, and we will practice on knots.

  • The following day, we will head to Nigardsbreen. The plan for the rest of the course will be determined based on the weather forecast and progress in the group.

  • Course is finishing on the last day of the itenerary during the late afternoon/evening.

 

Minimum number of participants:

  • In order for this course to run, there needs to be 4 confirmed participants, latest 2 weeks before the course starts.

  • In case that there is not, a full refund of the tour price of 5500 DKK will be reimbursed to all participants.

  • However, this does NOT include any other expense that the participant has had in connection with the travel to/from Norway, and the “glacier course”. Expenses to any flight tickets/transport, expenses to any equipment purchase/rentals, expenses to any accommodation in Norway or elsewhere will NOT be refunded by Thule Expeditions. The only expense that will be refunded by Thule Expeditions in the case of the trip being cancelled, is the tour price of 5500 DKK per person.

Cancellation policy:

 

  • Due to planning reasons, and purchasing of flight tickets, and other logistics, a 100 % of the tour price, is NON-Refundable

  • Therefore, it is highly advisable that the participant purchases a travel insurance that covers the costs of the tour, in case of the participant not being able to do the tour due to unforeseen events such as serious illness, family issues or other personal problems etc.

  • In the unlikely event that the guide from Thule Expeditions is not able to do the course, due to unforeseen events such as serious illness, family issues or other personal problems, a full refund of the Tour Price 5500 DKK per person, will be reimbursed to the participant. However, this does NOT include any other expense that the participant has had in connection with the travel to/from Norway, and the “glacier course in Norway”. Expenses to any flight tickets/transport, expenses to any equipment purchase/rentals, expenses to any accommodation in Norway will NOT be refunded by Thule Expeditions. The only expense that will be refunded by Thule Expeditions in the case of the trip being cancelled, is the tour price of 5500 DKK per person. Therefore, it is highly recommended for the participants to purchase a travel insurance that covers these expenses in the unlikely case of Thule Expeditions cancelling the glacier course.

 

Covid-19 & all other Pandemics and Epidemics:

  • Due to planning reasons, and purchasing of transport tickets, equipment, and other logistics, a 100 % of the tour price is NON- Refundable

  • These terms are also valid in case that the participant is unable to travel to Norway due to Covid-19 restrictions, or restrictions caused by any other Pandemic and Epidemic

  • In the case that the participant cannot travel to Norway due to any Pandemic/Epidemic or other sickness/personal problems, the paid tour price can be used for doing a ski/trekking tour at a later time with Thule Expeditions.

  • There is no time limit for when the paid tour fee of 5500 DKK can be used for a different ski or trekking trip/course. So, the participant can come on a trekking/ski tour in 2023, 2024, 2025 etc.

Medical and mental/psychological conditions:

  • The participant is obliged to inform the guide at Thule Expeditions as soon as possible with regards to any specific physical/medical/psychological condition that the participant might have.

  • The participant is obliged to inform the guide at Thule Expeditions as soon as possible about any use of medical drugs and medicine.

  • The Participant is obliged to give this information to the guide well before the trip/course starts, either by mail or by phone

  • In the case that the participant gives the above-mentioned information about personal conditions, it will be treated completely confidential and secure. The other participants will not be informed about any conditions, unless there is a clear consent to do so.

 

Personal preparation & requirements for the participant:

  • The participant must be fit enough for long hiking days on the glaciers in Norway

  • The participants must be able to cope with being outside for 5 days in rain, snow and wind, in temperatures ranging from minus 5 degrees Celsius to plus 10 degrees Celsius.

  • The participant takes full responsibility for meeting the physical fitness level requirements for the course

  • The participant is obliged to follow and consider the advices given online by the guide on how to prepare for the course, both with regards to training and with equipment

Safety and Responsibility during the glacier course:

  • Thule Expeditions does not assume any responsibility for any damages to personal belongings during the ski course, such as cameras, smart phones, or other equipment etc.

  • All plans and programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trips to assure the safety of the participants and guide

  • No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services

  • No responsibility is accepted for additional cost for new flights/transport and accommodation, due to later arrival back at “Jostedalen camping in Norway” than planned. This could be caused by unforeseen events such as extreme weather and storms etc., causing us to stay over in our tents/bivouacs for more days than original planned

  • Thule Expeditions do not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant acting in contrast to the guides advices, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, or other similar causes

 

Communication:

  • It is very important to be able to communicate clearly with the guide

  • Due to safety reasons, participants must be able to communicate with the guide in English  or Scandinavian during this glacier course

Search and rescue while doing the Glacier Course in Norway with Thule Expeditions

 

  • In general Search and Rescue are free of charge in Norway

  • In the case that the group or any participants needs to be rescued, Thule Expeditions will NOT cover any costs with regards to new flights/transport, hotel accommodation or any other expense that will arise from being rescued while doing the course/trip.

  • Therefore, it is highly recommended that the participant is purchasing a travel insurance that specifically cover the costs of new travel arrangements and accommodation etc.

  • Thule Expeditions will NOT cover any expenses at all that arises from being rescued by the authorities while doing the glacier course in Norway with Thule Expeditions.

  • Thule Expeditions will NOT refund any of the paid tour fee of 5500 DKK in case that the whole group, or individual participants needs to be rescued by the authorities while doing the glacier course in Norway with Thule Expeditions

  • For more information on Search and Rescue in Norway visit: https://www.hovedredningssentralen.no/english/

 

Pictures & other media

  • Pictures from the course taken by Thule Expeditions and shared with the participants, cannot be used by the participants in any way for any commercial exploits. Meaning, the pictures/media cannot be used by the participants for promotion of anything at all that can create commercial value. Neither can the pictures be shown nor shared with anybody who has commercial interest in exploiting Norway, Greenland or Denmark.

  • In case a participant violates this point, be assured that they will be sued by Thule Expeditions

  • In case the participant plans on using his/hers own pictures/media from the course/trip for any commercial exploit imaginable, they are obliged to inform the guide at Thule Expeditions about this, well ahead before the course/trip starts.

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