Iceland's Highest Peak, Hvannadalshnukur

23. June 2014 —
Björgvin Hilmarsson
Hvannadalshnjúkur

Iceland has many mountains and snow speckled summits that carefully carve through the clouds. But which of these magnificent peaks is actually the highest point in Iceland? Whether you're curious for geographical purposes, interested in the opportunity to view this beautiful country from the highest point, or intrigued by the personal challenge of conquering the great feat of hiking to the highest elevation in Iceland, you have come to the right place.

Icelands Highest Peak Hvannadalshnukur

So where is it and how can you get there? This spectacular place rests in the Skaftafell Park on the massive Vatnajokull glacier, where pretty much everything in Iceland seems to be located. There you can find a special trail that will take you to the top of Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest point in Iceland. This elite peak tops out at an astonishing elevation of 6,923’ (2,110 m). The trail provides ample viewing opportunities on your way up before you travel above the clouds if you dare to challenge this giant.

So where is this place geographically? As mentioned earlier, this peak calls Vatnajokull glacier home. Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier, is located in Southeast Iceland. Inside the massive Vatnajokull, Hvannadalshnúkur’s pyramidal peak rests on the northwestern part of one of the the largest volcanoes in Europe, Öræfajökull. This volcano is on the south east region of Iceland, just shy of the Atlantic ocean.

If you are interested in climbing Iceland's highest peak, we strongly suggest that you please travel with an experienced guide for your safety! Icelandic Mountain Guides offers guided tours up Hvannadalshnukur from their sales office in Skaftafell Park.

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