The Three Peaks Challenge IMG441

Tour type: Summit tour with mountain climbing, hiking and sightseeing




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Adult: 322.000

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What's included: Qualified mountain guide, food for 6 days, transportation, sleeping bag accommodation, cooking gear and safety equipment for glacier travel

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Pick up: Participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavík at the end of the tour

Minimum Age: 16 years

Group size: 6 to 12 participants

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 4-14 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Three peaks in six days mixed with hiking
    • Breathtaking mountian scenery
    • South coast highlights and the golden circle

    A superb mountain climbing expedition in the Land of Fire and Ice

    The breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery makes this one of the most unusual tours on offer. On the agenda are three different peaks mixed with walks in the magnificent landscape ofLandmannalaugar and around Skaftafell National Park. With each peak our climbing objectives get more challenging. We start with an easy hike of Mt Hengill  (805/2640ft) overlooking Þingvellir National Park. and the lake. The world famous volcano Hekla is our next objective, where, to reach the peak (1491m/4890 ft) of this highly active volcano, we have to make our way over the gray pumice, rough lava and sometimes snow, before reaching the fissured summit*. In Skaftafell NP right under the great Vatnajökull glacier is the home ofHvannadalshnúkur (2110m/ 6921 ft) Iceland’s highest summit and our ultimate climbing objective!Together with all this excellent climbing and hiking in the 24 hour daylight, an opportunity to bathe in a hot river, some amazing views of landscape and birdlife make this tour an amazing adventure holiday.

    Hiking: 4 days. Summit climbing: 3 days

    Walking per day: 4-14 hours
    Max. height gain: More than 2000m (6500’)
    Supplement: for 4 to 5 participants.

    Included: Qualified moutain guide for 6 days, transportation for 6 days, food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6), sleeping bag accommodation (mountain huts), and cooking gear, safety equipment for glacier travel when needed, bird watching tour to Ingólfshöfði.

    Please Note: Participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavík at the end of the tour.

    Minimum age: 16 years 

    The accent of Hvannadalshnúkur involves roped glacier travel and the use of crampons. No special technical skills are required but the hike is phiscally demanding due to the long accent and decent.

    *Mt Hekla is a highly active Volcano and it is possible that our itinerary will have to be changed if civil authorities advise so. In that case another comparable summit will be climbed.

    This tour is run in cooperation with KE Adventures.


  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík-First peak: Mt Hengill - Vörðuskeggi Peak
    Early morning departure from Reykjavík, driving east to the north side of the Hengill Volcano massive. There we will hike up on Vorðuskeggi Peak (805) m. Trom the top we enjoy views of Lake Þingvellir and Langjökull to the north and Eyjafjallajökull and the distant Vestmann Islands.Today we also visit the Geysir geothermal area and the waterfall of Gullfoss before reaching our accommodation. Overnight at a hostel/mountain hut beneath Mt. Hekla.

    Day 2: Mt Hekla
    Today, we attempt to summit the highly active volcano of Hekla (1491m / 4892ft.). The accent involves a long ascent across a lunar landscape to reach a summit which is fissured and steaming. Return to our hostel/mountain hut.

    Day 3: Landmannalaugar-Skaftafell
    Continuing across the Fjallabak natural reserve, the region behind the mountains, we reach Landmannalaugar where a dip in the hot river is recommended. Optional hike to Bláhnúkur volcano the blue peak, then a drive via the Eldgjá canyon to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park.

    Day 4: Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland's highest peak
    We can expect a long day today, as we make the ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur (2119m / 6952ft), Iceland's highest peak. Much of the route is on the Öræfajökull Glacier.

    Day 5: Ingólfshöfði and Glacier Lagoon
    A touring day, visiting the Skaftafell National Park, the seabird colony at Ingólfshöfði and the famous glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón.

    Day 6: South Coast-Reykjavík
    Heading back towards the west along the scenic south coast of Iceland, we pass beneath Eyjafjallajökull and visit the impressive Skógarfoss waterfall. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.


  • Equipment List

    Summit Tours

    Equipment list for The Three Peaks Challenge IMG441

    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:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots - waterproof and with ankle support – crampon compatible boots are not required. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers – Strong, light and quick drying e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland. 
    • Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Warm Gloves – e.g. ski gloves or mittens. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hatc. 
    • Gaiters – Calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots.

    Other gear:

    • Duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between accommodations. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 30 – 40L (1700 – 2500 cu in)  
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this tour.
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Swim suit.
    • Sunglasses & sun protection rated for glacier travel.  
    • Water containers – thermos flask or water bottles totalling in volume of about 2 - 3 L. 
    • Headlamp. 
    • Casual clothes and changes of clothes.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items,
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Earplugs
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits. 

Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact


  • FAQ


    IMG441 Three Peaks Challenge

    What type of sleeping bag do I need for this tour? What temperature rating do I need?

    • A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated

    Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for the tour?

    • Yes, it is possible. The price pr. sleeping bag is 8.500 ISK
    • Please contact us at if you wish to rent a sleeping bag.

    What are the sleeping arrangements like in the huts?

    • The rooms have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some huts also have a continuous line of beds

    Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?

    • Yes, it costs 500 ISK pr. shower and you can only pay cash.

    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts?

    • Yes, it costs 500 ISK pr. charge and you can only pay cash.

    Do the huts have running water?

    • Yes, all of them.

    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements.
    • Gluten free and Vegan diet will cost a little extra – 1.000 ISK pr. day.

    Meeting point and time

    • You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík between 8:30 and 9:00 am.

    How much luggage do we carry during the hikes?

    • You have to carry your daypack which needs to contain some extra clothes, (e.g. rain coat, rain trousers, extra socks, gloves, hat etc.), water bottle and food for the day.
    • The rest of your luggage will be back in the hut or the car.

    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Qualified glacier guide for 6 days, transportation for 6 days, food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6), sleeping bag accommodation (mountain huts), cooking gear, safety equipment for climbing when needed, bird watching tour to Ingólfshöfði.
    • Not included: International flights to and from Iceland, transportation between Keflavík airport and Reykjavík, accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the trek..

    Is all necessary climbing gear provided?

    • Yes, all climbing gear (crampons, axe, line and belt) is provided by Icelandic Mountain Guides.

    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.

    Do you require a full payment at the time of booking?

    • Yes, we do. It is not possible to pay a deposit or confirmation fee.

    Do passengers assist with preparing breakfast and dinner during the tour?

    • This is by no means necessary but guides always welcome assistance from passengers with preparing meals and washing up after.

    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?

    • - If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for 1.000 ISK pr. bag pr. day.

    Do all departures have an English speaking guide?

    • Yes, every single one. Selected departures will be offered with an English and German speaking guide.

    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at


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