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Hvannadalshnúkur - Iceland’s Highest Summit

After ascending to Iceland’s highest peak in one day, you can check this bucket worthy climb off your list.

Tour code: SKF25

Hvannadalshnúkur - Iceland’s Highest Summit
Price from: 48.900  ISK

Challenge Yourself To Reach Iceland's Highest Summit

The ascent of the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadals- hnúkur (2110 m / 6900 ft) 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. To kick off your adventure packed day, you will meet your highly qualified guide at our Base in Skaftafell for a briefing. No special technical skills are required but we recommend packing the items on our equipment list. The climb will be mentally and physically grueling but it is worth it.  At the summit, you will witness the rugged outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull glacier and the vast sandy plains of the rivers that drain off that great glacier. This tour combines marvelous nature and a demanding hike for an unforgettable experience.

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. The season has been shortened due to deteriorating conditions on the glacier over the years. A mandatory briefing will take place in our Base in Skaftafell at 18:00 the day before departure. It is important that you are there at that time. In the briefing you’ll receive information and gear for your summit trip. If for some reason you cannot be at the briefing the company reserves the right to cancel your trip without refund. Note, that departure time might vary because of conditions, we are often leaving around 3 o'clock.

For groups: Contact us at [email protected]

*The Skaftafell parking lot fee is not included in the tour price.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Skaftafell Base (next to the National Park Visitor Center)

  • Group size

    2 to 6 per guide

  • Active

    12 - 15 hrs

  • Language

    English

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Difficulty

    Strenuous

  • Availability

    Apr - Jul

  • Duration

    15 hours

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Lunch

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Hvannadalshnúkur - Iceland’s Highest Summit

MAP & ITINERARY

The evening before the hike

Preparation meeting

A mandatory briefing will take place in our Base in Skaftafell at 18:00 the day before departure. It is important that you are there at that time. In the briefing you’ll receive information and gear for your summit trip. If for some reason you cannot be at the briefing the company reserves the right to cancel your trip without refund.

Note, that departure time might vary because of conditions, we often leave earlier than 5 o´clock.

Day Tour

Hvannadalshnúkur - Iceland's Highest Summit

When you arrive to the Skaftafell area the night before the hike, you will meet your certified glacier and mountaineering guide at our Base next to the Vatnajökull National Park visitor center. There, you will receive all the necessary gear that we provide and a safety briefing.

On the day of the hike, you will challenging and rewarding hike. After basking in your hard earned summit of Iceland’s highest mountain, you will return to our Base in Skaftafell.

Please note

  • 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.

  • Please contact our main sales office at [email protected] or tel. +354 587 9999 if you are interested in a private tour.

Directions

Skaftafell - Where to meet us

Driving time
From Reykjavík: 5 hrs
From Vík: 2.5 hrs
From Höfn: 1.5 - 2 hrs

GPS point for Skaftafell
N 64.016217
W 16.966664

Our Welcome Centre in Skaftafell is located in the heart of the camping site, right next to the service centre.

The park is by the end of road no. 998 that branches off the main road no. 1

Please be there 20 min before the departure of your tour.

  • The evening before the hike
  • Day Tour
  • Directions
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Practical Information

We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us ([email protected]). Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.

There are no official addresses on our meeting points but you can see directions and GPS points if you click the map above.

Unfortunately due to the nature of glaciers we cannot offer hikes to the top of these glaciers outside the hiking season. The season can vary according to weather conditions that year but is usually from April-August

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. 

  • 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.
  • 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). 
  • Walking Pole(s).
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Baseball cap for sun protection.
  • Ski-goggles for ascents to the end of April.
  • 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.

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]