NORTIND was founded in 1978, and became a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IVBV/UIAGM/IFMGA) in 1982. As the IVBV/IFMGA only approves one national organisation in each country, NORTIND is the only representative of the international federation in Norway, and has sole responsibility for certifying mountain guides under the IVBV/IFMGA's international standards.


At NORTIND we stay in close contact with the international federation through technical seminars, exchanges with other countries' certification courses and, a couple of times a year, meetings and AGMs. That keeps our members informed and up-to-date with developments in the field. As of 2014, NORTIND had over 90 fully qualified members who, to a greater or lesser extent, were running courses and acting as mountain guides both in Norway and abroad.

In addition to a committee of elected representatives, NORTIND has a board and secretariat headed by Anders Nordnes. He acts as the formal point of contact for the organisation.

Enquiries to the organisation should be addressed to Anders Nordnes at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UIAGM – Union International des Associations de Guides de Montagne

IFMGA – International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations

IVBV – Internationale Vereinigung der Bergführerverbände


The international federation IVBV/UIAGM/IFMGA represents mountain guides throughout the world. There are more than 23 national member organisations from Europe, North and South America, Japan, Nepal and New Zealand. A number of countries have also been admitted as "candidate countries", and are working with member countries to qualify as full members.

The main areas of work of the IVBV are glaciers and ice, skiing and avalanches and alpine climbing. One sub-committee is working on canyoning, whilst another is looking at guiding and commercial expeditions in high mountain areas. Certification in the various member countries is based on IVBV's international standards, and is – with the exception of a few national variations – fairly similar in terms of content and level.


The IVBV's technical commission holds technical meetings a few times a year, to keep representatives from the member countries up-to-date. Over the past ten years, a system of exchanges has been developed, which sees members attending other countries' certification courses. An "Info point" has also been established, which allows people who work in the mountains to exchange experiences about conditions on different routes.


The IVBV's secretariat is based in Switzerland. The organisation's website address is


Information about the member countries: read more.


Norske Tindevegledere - NORTIND
Boks 119

N-2684 VÅGÅ

Tlf: 997 25 945
Organisasjonnr: 982 778 891 2085.25.60968
IBAN: NO92 2085 2560 968