From Skaftafell

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

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 often leave earlier than 5 o'clock.

We are not doing this tour any more for this season. Please contact [email protected] for tours starting April 2020.

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

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty



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

  • Availability

    Apr - Jul

  • Duration

    12 - 15 hrs

  • Meeting Point

    Skaftafell Base (next to the National Park Visitor Center)

  • Group Size

    2 to 6 per guide

  • Active

    12 - 15 hrs

  • 16

    Minimum age

    16 yrs

  • Language


Customer Reviews

Our guide was very friendly and easy to get on with. He explained our route and safety requirements perfectly. Coupled with perfect weather conditions it made this a brilliant day.
906Kenny, UK — 2015-06-15

Tour Highlights

Iceland's Highest Summit

Vatnajökull Glacier

Once in a Life Time Must!

Panoramic Views


  • 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

Practical Information