Equipment List: Day Tours - Alpine Mountaineering

Alpine style mountain accents

For your own well being 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 trips to Hvannadalshnúkur the highest summit of Iceland and Hrútsfjallstindar 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 [email protected]