Hvannadalshnúkur - Iceland´s Highest Summit - IMG25

Challenge yourself to the top!




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Adult: 42.900

Departures: April 15th to Aug 15: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (weather and conditions permitting) at 5:00AM (timing can change)

Duration: 12-15 hours approximately

Meeting point: Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 15 min. prior to departure

Minimum Age: 16 years

Group size: Minimum 2 persons

We provide: Guiding services, ice gear and safety equipment. A briefing with your guide takes place the evening before

You bring: Warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, lunch, energy bars and drinks. See equipement list below

Note: There is a meeting with the guide at our log cabin at 20:00 the night prior to departure. Please contact our office for further informations

  • Tour Description

    Hiking Hvannadalshnúkur is an Iceland favorite, and Iceland's highest hike at 2110 m - (6900 feet).

    The ascent of the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m / 6900 feet) is a once in a lifetime must. The peak is located in the north-western rim of the Öræfajökull volcano and promises an unforgettable hike with breathtaking panoramic views stretching over the rugged outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull glacier or over the vast sandy plains of the glaciated rivers that drain off that great glacier. No special technical skills are required but the hike is both physically and mentally challenging! Please note our low client per guide ratio (Usually 8 pers.per guide, but due to conditions it is currently 6 pers. per guide)

    For more information and bookings for next year, please contact Icelandic Mountain Guides, Tel: +354 587 9999 or by email: info@mountainguides.is

    Distance: 22 km (14 miles)
    Elevation: >2000 meters (6500 feet)
    Estimated time: 12-15 hours

  • Equipment List

    Alpine Mountaineering - Day Tours

    -Equipment list for Alpine style mountain accents

    Including trips to the highest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur 2119 m, and other peaks of equal difficulties.

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking Boots – Preferably of waterproof material (Gore-Tex or alternative). The boots should be high on the ankle to give sufficient support. 
    • Gaiters – Calf or knee height.
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
    • Long Johns (early season – April / beginning of May). 
    • Light wool sweater or fleece (2nd layer).
    • Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).
    • Pants – light and fast drying – e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket with a good hood – Waterproof and breathable material, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
    • Rain pants – Waterproof and breathable material.
    • Gloves – 2 pairs - different thickness.
    • Mittens – insulated (early season climbs / April beginning of May). 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Warm hat– Wool or synthetic.
    • Puffy jacket – down or fibre insulation.

    Other gear:

    • Backpack – 30-40 litres.
    • Sunglasses – rated for glacier travel.
    • Sun protection / face and lips. High SPF 30 or more. 
    • Camera.

    Optional gear:

    • Walking Pole(s).
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Baseball cap for sun protection.
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
    • Ski-goggles for ascents to the end of April.

    Food and drink:

    • Lunch – Sandwiches, biscuits, power-bars etc.
    • Water – 3 Litres of water and/or sport drink.
    • Warm drink – Tea, Hot-Chocolate or alternative. (Volume can be subtracted from total water!) 
    • Pack food for a long day. A mixture of sweets and chocolate and a few (3 – 5) sandwiches is ideal. Water should be carried so that it is always accessible. Camelback type hydration system are ideal or water-bottles that can be hung from the back pack or climbing harness. Water should ideally be mixed with a thin mix of a rehydrating energy drink.

    More info:

    Our trip to Hvannadalshnúkur the highest summit of Iceland normally takes from 10 to 15 hours. The weather can vary from being –5°C on the summit to being over 20°C on the lower slopes. The best way to prepare for this is to wear layers that can be adjusted according to conditions. It is very important to wear materials closest to your skin that remove moisture, e.g. wool and polyester. Cotton T-shirts and sweaters are not acceptable!

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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