The Three Peaks Challenge IMG441

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

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Adult: 309.900

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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.

    *Fjallabak route is closed in May and June due to snow in the highlands. An alternative route of the south coast of Iceland will be used instead. 

    This tour is run in cooperation with KE Adventures.

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  • 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.*

    *Please note that this route is closed in May and June due to snow in the highlands. An alternative route of the south coast of Iceland will be used instead. 

    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.

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  • 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 incoming@mountainguides.is.

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  • Gear Lexicon

    Summit tours

    Hiking Boots

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    Scarpa Hekla

    Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support. Leather or synthetic with a waterproof membrane, e.g. Gore-Tex. Make sure they are a good fit, leaving some space for your toes – and wear them in, even if it is just by light hiking in the city. 


    Jacket with a good hood (wind and waterproof)

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    ME Manaslu

    We recommend a water resistant or waterproof “hard-shell” jacket with a large protective hood, and a Gore-Tex membrane, or similar material, to keep you dry. Make sure it is not too tight and that you can fit insulation underneath. Please note that a soft-shell jacket is a great addition but will not replace a waterproof hard-shell when you really, really need one! Good rain-gear – tops and bottoms are mandatory on all IMG tours.


    Hard shell pants (wind and waterproof)

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    Ideally the hard-shell-pants should be lightweight – as they will be in your backpack most of the time. If they have zip-up legs to ease getting into it is a big bonus. Make sure they are breathable and strong enough to take some abuse from walking.  We often see cheap rain pants disintegrate during the tour.  Gore-Tex or similar waterproof breathing membrane is appropriate. Good rain gear – tops and bottoms are mandatory on all IMG tours.


    Base layer

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    Bergans Merino

    The most popular thin base layer (next to skin) is made with merino wool because it is comfortable to wear for multiple days without the smell of synthetic materials. Most people should be fine with wearing the same merino shirt for 2 – 3 days on harder tours where weight matters. A thicker base-layer for colder days could also be a part of your adjustable layering.  We recommend packing short and long sleeve options to adjust to different weather conditions.  Women might want a sports bra as a part of their base layer. Cotton t-shirts are not advisable for any strenuous outdoor activity.


    Insulation layer

    A fleece jacket is a classic insulating layer material. Wool is also a good option. It is possible to layer up – two thin jackets or a jacket and a vest rather than one very thick jacket.


    Hands, feet and head:

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    ME Knitted beanie

    Gloves: A light pair of fleece or wool gloves/mittens does the job. You can also take a pair of ski-gloves or other wind and waterproof shell gloves. Having an extra pair of different thickness is recommended. 

    Socks: Wool is the preferred material for skiing socks, and different blends are available. If you are prone to blisters or have new boots, you should consider wearing a thin liner sock underneath your socks in your ski boots. Make sure you have a few pairs of socks to use to keep your feet dry.

    Warm hat: A normal ski-hat/beanie is perfect. You can also use a thick buff. An extra buff is nice to have - you can use it to protect your neck and face when needed, or as a thinner option for a hat. 


    Puffy Jacket

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    ME Compressor Hooded Jacket PrimaLoft

    A light puffy is great during breaks. The insulation could be down or synthetic material (such as Primaloft). It should not be very big or bulky for summer time use. Synthetic insulation is preferred as it keeps most of its insulating properties when wet, but down is also a good option.  A puffy vest is a good option as well.


    Casual clothes / change of clothes

    Once in the hut, it is good to be able to change out of your trekking gear. We highly discourage you from wearing cotton clothing (including jeans!) while skiing or hiking but you are welcome to wear them in the hut/tent in the evening. If it is cold, a warm sweater (jumper) or an extra fleece jacket is always nice. We always recommend having a few pairs of comfy socks and some fresh underwear.  Avoid bringing too much extra clothing. Life in the mountains is simple and nice, so one pair of extra pants, a warm sweater (jumper), a few t-shirts and underwear should do the job just fine. Light sneakers and slippers for indoor use will feel great at the end of the day


    Duffel-bag

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    ME Wet & Dry bag

    On many of our tours your overnight gear is going to be transported from hut-to-hut / camp-to-camp and space is limited. We therefore ask you to pack your gear in a soft bag rather than a regular hard suite case, since this is more space-efficient. A 60 - 80L bag should be more than enough for all your extra kit including a sleeping bag.  If it is reasonably waterproof that is a big plus. 


    Backpack / day-pack

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    Love Alpine AirZone Trek 30L

    You will need a nice daypack to carry your extra clothes, river crossing shoes, food and water for the day. Having a compartment for smaller items like sun screen and sunglasses is also good. The pack will never be heavy, but a bit of padding on the shoulder- and hip straps/belt with a buckle is good. Unless you have some bulky personal needs, like photographic equipment, then you should be fine with 20-30L (1200 - 2000 cu in).


    Dry-bags

    There are plenty of different products available for storing your equipment inside your pack and keeping it dry. A rain cover over your pack often has limited use due to high winds– a safer option is to pack whatever needs to be kept dry into dry-bags inside your back-pack. It is also a great way to organize the inside of your pack. One bag for electronics (camera and phone) and one bag for extra clothing, as an example. Note that dry-bags were out and might not be as dry as they were when you first bought them. 


    Sleeping Bag Hut

    The mountain-huts during the summer are usually warm, although most are not heated during the night. Any old sleeping bag will therefore do, unless you get cold easily. For temperature control having a full length zipper is the best. A liner bag is also a very nice addition and will improve your ability to regulate your head during the night.  If you are doing a winter hut trip or summer camping a 3 season sleeping bag would be sufficient. All the huts we use have mattresses on the beds so no need to bring your own for huts.  


    Head-lamp

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    Even though the summer night is bright, the inside of the hut/tent might not be. A headlamp is also useful for those that want to do some reading. There are plenty of options available for LED head lamps that are just perfect for reading and getting around. A small flashlight will also do the job. Most LED headlamps have more than enough light for our purposes and the battery life is so good that one fully charged battery will be enough for your trip.  


    Sun

    A baseball cap or a comfortable hat with brim is great to have and is useful both in sunny and rainy weather. You should also have a nice pair of sunglasses and some sun-bloc – SPF 15-25 should be enough protection for most.  If you plan to be playing on snow covers summits you should bring a pair of quality sunglasses for mountaineering SPF 30 – 50 sunblock.  


    Swim suit

    Bathing in the natural hot pools will be one of the highlights of your trip in Iceland. Make sure you come dressed for the occasion. There are no specific rules, written or unwritten on how to dress or not to dress; board shorts, speedos, bikinis or bathing suits – anything goes. Quick drying material is always a good idea. 


    Trekking pole(s)

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    Black Diamond Trekking / hiking poles

    One or two poles are nice to have. Some trekkers like to use them all the time, other use them only during river crossings or on steep ups and downs. If you like them, make sure that they are foldable and light weight. A small basket is also nice. 


    Gaiters

    Gaiters are recommended on snow covered mountains – Gore-Tex or similar “breathing” membrane is the best. 


    Mountaineering Equipment

    On the summits where specialized mountaineering equipment is used it is also included in the tour – so no need to buy it or bring it. You are of course welcome to bring your own gear if you like. For glacier covered summits you will be issued with and Ice Axe, Climbing harness and Crampons. In certain cases you might also get a helmet. 


    Thermal mattress

    It is really nice to have a small thermal mattress to sit on during lunch break and other stops.  It should not be big, just enough to sit on. And it should fold up nicely so it does not get in the way inside your pack. 


    Personal items

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    Make sure to have all your prescription medication with you. If you have any medical condition that could in any way affect you during the trip, make sure to let your guide know. For those suffering from allergies, having an antihistamine is advisable – or any other medication that works for your condition. Items for personal hygiene should also be included, such as a small bar of soap or some liquid hand soap. We recommend packing a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental-floss. Avoid liquid antiperspirant and glass containers due to risks of spillage. Feminine products like pads, tampons etc. should also be packed, if needed. If you take vitamins or other supplements, you should continue to do so during your holiday. In most cases, you are sharing sleeping facilities with one or more fellow travelers – so a pair of good ear-plugs can ensure a good night’s sleep. Those not accustom to the bright summer nights might want to bring an eye mask.  Please make sure to pack extra contact lenses (if needed), contact lens cleaning solution, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in small plastic bottles that close tight. A big towel is nice to have – especially if you are taking a bath in one of the natural hot-pools. 


    Personal first-aid-kit

    All the guides on our tours will have a first-aid kit available. However, it is still nice to have some small items for minor injuries. Band-Aids, Compeed for blisters, pain killers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended personal first-aid kit items.  


    Other cool things to have

    Book – to read during the evenings. 

    Music - and head phones. Some of our guides also have speakers with them to share Icelandic music. 

    Diary or notebook – to write down your good memories from Iceland. Also, a pen or pencil

    Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland, so a pre-charged power bank is a better option.  Charging your electronics in huts in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Make sure you have an adapter plug and/or a voltage converter for 220 V. 

    Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel. 

    Cash – showers in mountain huts normally cost about 500 ISK and take 100 ISK coins. 

    Travel pillow – if it is not very bulky. Otherwise, you can just use your clothes. 

    Powder drink mix – Good water is never a problem – but you might like a bit of variety. Some powders contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day.  

    Shorts - It does get warm enough to wear shorts on occasions. They are also nice for sleeping in, and can be worn if you need to get out of your sleeping accommodations at night. For hiking, it is nice to have some pockets to hold items that would normally be in the pockets of your pants. But any old pair of shorts will do.


    Aperitif of other heart-warming spirits

    Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits - Liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol in most places you come by on your trip in the highlands. Additionally, limited opening hours prevent you from buying alcohol in most places unless you are staying in a hotel. Having a flask (preferably plastic or metal) to share with your fellow travellers in front of the camp fire (gas heater) can be a great way top off a good day. You can buy alcohol in the duty-free shops upon your arrival in Iceland. Just follow all the Icelanders on your flight – they will take you straight to duty-free! Also, there are government run alcohol stores in Reykjavík called Vínbuðin.  If time allows, you can purchase alcohol there but alcohol is much less expensive in the duty-free shops at the airport. 

    On trips to Greenland, you can buy alcohol in the duty-free shop on arrival in Iceland. Duty free in Kulusuk, Greenland does not sell high % spirits – but if you make it to the supermarket they will have beer. 


    Gear shopping in Iceland

    Already in Iceland and need to grab some extra gear? No worries. There are a few shops in Reykjavík to go to (remember to ask for a VAT refund slip when you buy over 5000 ISK, which will save you 14%):

    Íslensku Alparnir: alparnir.is/  this is where IMG gets its Mountain Equipment gear, much of with is featured on the pictures above – can’t go wrong there.

    GG-Sjósport: www.gummibatar.is/ great products, but not in the downtown area.

    Laugavegur: the main shopping street downtown has a few stores, including some local brands like 66°North and Cintamani.

    Kringlan & Smáralind are the indoor shopping centers in Iceland – both have outdoor adventure equipment stores and are open on Sundays.

    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.  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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  • FAQ

    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 incoming@mountainguides.is 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

    incoming@mountainguides.is

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