Expeditions

Mt. Gunnbjörn - The Highest Peak in Greenland

Climb the highest peak in the Arctic!

Tour code: EXPG65

Mt. Gunnbjörn - The Highest Peak in Greenland

An Amazing Journey to the Top of the Arctic

Greenland’s highest mountain Mt. Gunnbjörn is also the highest peak located north of the Arctic Circle. Therefore, it does not just hold the title of being the highest peak in Greenland but is also the highest peak of the Arctic (3694 m/12120 ft).

Because of the massive size of Greenland, Mt. Gunnbjörn has been called the 8th continental peak. On the east coast, where massive mountains rise from the Greenland icecap, the conditions are pristine or similar to those you find in Antarctica. Mt. Gunnbjorn is easily accessible on a ski-plane from Iceland. Once in the Watkins Mountains, we set up a comfortable base camp at the foot of the mountain. To make the summit day easier we establish one camp on the way to the summit. The climb can easily be done on snow shoes with only the last part done on crampons.

Please note that there is a risk of delay of the flight from Greenland due to weather, a fact that has to be considered when participants plan their flight out of Iceland. Book an open ticket!

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group size

    Up to 3 per guide

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Camping

  • Max Ascent

    1100 m (3610 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Difficulty

    Strenuous

  • Availability

    May - Jun

  • Duration

    5 days

  • 18

    Minimum age:

    18 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Flight Reykjavik - Akureyri - Reykjavík
  • Private chartered ski-plane from Akureyri to the Watkins mountains and back
  • Camping accommodation
  • All food and cooking equipment
  • Pulkas/sledges
  • Permits needed for the expedition
  • Evacuation insurance for all expedition members

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag

Optional Extras

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Mt. Gunnbjörn - The Highest Peak in Greenland

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 0

Meeting with the expedition leader

Preparation meeting with the expedition leader. Briefing and gear inspection.

Day 1

Flight - Reykjavík - Akureyri

Flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri in the morning and from Akureyri to Greenland in the afternoon. We put up our camp at the landing site or head higher up depending on conditions.

Day 2 or 3

Ascent attempts

Ascent attempts of Mt. Gunnbjörn summit and back to the camp.

Day 4

Climb Mt. Gunnbjörn

Spare day to climb Mt. Gunnbjörn or to use in sightseeing or to climb other summits in the Watkins Mountains.

Day 5

Flight

Flight back to Iceland. Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík where the trip ends at the domestic airport.

Please note

  • Note that there is a risk of delay of the flight from Greenland cause of weather, a fact that has to be considered when participants plan their flight out of Iceland. Book an open ticket!

  • Day 0
  • Day 1
  • Day 2 or 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
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