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Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson


Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Hvannadalshnúkur - Iceland´s Highest Summit - IMG25

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Adult: 32925

Departures: April 1st - August 15th: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Duration: 12-15 hours approximately

Meeting point: Briefing is at Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge (next to the National Park Visitor Center). Exact starting time decided by guide at briefing for each departure.

Minimum Age: 16 years

Group size: Minimum 2 persons. 6 persons per guide.

We provide: Guiding services, ice gear and safety equipment. A briefing with your guide takes place at 18:00 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 18:00 the night prior to departure. Please contact our office for further information.


  • 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, however the hike is both physically and mentally challenging: Please note our low client-per-guide ratio (Usually 6 pers.per guide).

    For more information and bookings for next summer, please contact Icelandic Mountain Guides, Tel: +354 587 9999 or by email:

    Please note that a minimum of two participants and a guide meets our standard of ascending and descending the summit in the safest way possible. We recommend that our customers leave a few days free before and after the scheduled departure date in case we need to cancel or make changes to a departure due to lack of participation or weather conditions.

    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 – Waterproof with good ankle support. 
    • Gaiters.
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
    • Long Johns (early season – April / beginning of May). 
    • Light sweater, wool 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. 
    • 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.

    Other gear:

    • Backpack – 30-40 litres.
    • Sunglasses – rated for glacier travel.
    • Sun protection / face and lips. High SPF 30 or more. 
    • Camera.
    • Headlamp (at times of year when it gets dark). 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking Pole(s).
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Baseball cap for sun protection.
    • 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 is 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 per conditions. It is very important to wear materials closest to your skin that remove moisture, e.g. wool and synthetics. 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

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