Expeditions

Mt. Gunnbjörn - The Highest Peak in Greenland

Climb the highest peak in the Arctic!

Tour code: EXPG65

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

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Strenuous

    Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for highly engaging experience. Expedition level. Often involves carrying your own gear.

  • AVAILABILITY

    May - Jun

  • DURATION

    5 days

  • Meeting Point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group Size

    Up to 6 per guide

  • Language

    English

  • 18

    Minimum age

    18 yrs

  • Accommodation

    Camping

  • Max. Ascent

    1100 m (3610 ft)

Customer Reviews

“Greenland is very rugged and untouched, and Thora had no problems leading us over all the different types of terrain. The hiking was very challenging and also very rewarding at the end of the long days. You will not see another person for the entire time you are hiking and camping. We were also lucky to meet some other members of the Icelandic Mountain Guides team while in Greenland. This company is top notch and based on all my experiences, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for adventure travel while in Iceland or Greenland.”
Shellzy2014, USA — 2018-01-07

Tour Highlights

The highest peak north of the Arctic Circle

Flying in on the ski plane

The 8th continental summit

Basecamp in the Watkins Mountains

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