Ultima Thule Climbing Excursions Fit All Levels of Thrill Seekers

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REYKJAVIK -- If climbing the highest peak in Iceland sounds like your clients' idea of a thrill, then Ultima Thule Expeditions has just the program.

Actually, even those who have never gone ice climbing or mountaineering might opt for a beginners' course with Ultima Thule.

The company is conveniently headquartered here in a rock-climbing gym.

Group or individual courses, ranging from one to five days, can be organized at any time; there are no scheduled dates for classes. Participants do not have to leave Reykjavik for the shorter class.

For longer expeditions, groups stay in mountain huts, hostels or tents.

All the guides are expert mountaineers or extreme ice or rock climbers, and the guide ratio ranges from 1-to-1 to 1-to-6, depending on the activity, conditions and group ability.

Skaftafell National Park is home to Iceland's highest peak, the 6,700-foot Hvannadaslshnukur, which is accessible via several technical routes and also by car.

There are several options for ice climbing and mountaineering outside Reykjavik, including Thorsmork, Tindfjoll and Thjorsardalur.

Equipment can be obtained through UTE.

The cost of the classes varies depending on the guides, accommodations, meals and other factors.

For further details, contact Ultima Thule Expeditions at (011) 354 854-7798; fax (011) 354 421-4768, or contact by E-mail at [email protected]

The company also can be reached on the Internet at http://www.islandia.is/ute.

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