Hiking & Trekking

The Three Peaks Challenge

A Superb Climbing Expedition in the Land of Fire and Ice.

Tour code: IMG441

The Three Peaks Challenge

An Impressive Journey to the Top of Iceland!

The breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery makes this one of the most unusual tours we offer at Icelandic Mountain Guides. On the itinerary are three different stunning peaks which are all glaciers and active volcanoes.  With each peak, our climbing objectives get more challenging and more rewarding. We start with the ascension of Snæfellsjökull Glacier, the crowning jewel of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Our next objective will be the peak of the world-famous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, famous for its eruption in 2010. In Skaftafell National Park, right under the great Vatnajökull glacier, is the home of Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m / 6921 ft) Iceland’s highest summit and our ultimate climbing objective! Together with all this excellent climbing and hiking in the 24-hour daylight.

On top of summitting these majestic mountains we will take you to visit most of the major attraction sites in the country.

Tour Overview

  • Pickup

    Included

  • Group size

    6 - 12 participants

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    3 Star Hotel

  • Walkin per day

    6 - 14 hrs

  • Max Ascent

    More than 2000 m (6500 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Difficulty

    Strenuous

  • Availability

    May - June

  • Duration

    6 days

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified mountain guide
  • Accommodation in twin/dbl rooms in 3* hotels for 5 nights
  • Transport in 4x4 minibus
  • Full board
  • Safety equipment

Optional Extras

  • Single supplement
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Three Peaks Challenge

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík – Snæfellsjökull Glacier

We start this tour with an early morning pick up at your accommodation in Reykjavik. We will drive towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Two-hour drive takes us to the foot of the famous Snæfellsjökull Glacier, a dormant 700000-year-old stratovolcano rising 1446m above sea level. It is best known from Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. Ascending the volcano takes 6-7 hrs, and the panoramic view from the top is sensational.

Dinner and accommodation in a comfortable hotel at the foot of the glacier.

Day 2

Snæfellsnes – Golden Circle

The day after your first summit will be a sightseeing day. We visit the highlights of the Snæfellsnes peninsula including the basalt rock formation of Arnarstapi, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, and the much-photographed mountain Kirkjufell. We continue south, driving through the Borgarfjörður area where we explore the wonderful waterfall of Hraunfossar, before continuing onwards to the Golden Circle which includes Thingvellir National Park, the geothermal area of Geysir and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. 

Dinner and accommodation in a hotel at the foot of our second Glacier Eyjafjallajökull.

Day 3

Eyjafjallajökull Glacier

Day three will be our second challenge; the climb of the famous Eyjafjallajökull which erupted in 2010 and caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe for several days. It is a 1,651m high stratovolcano with a magnificent view from the top. The vertical ascent is around 1,600 m and the climbing takes from 9-12 hours.

Dinner and accommodation at the foot of the glacier.

Day 4

South Coast – Glacier Lagoon

We explore the beautiful South Coast today including many highlights like the black beach of Reynisfjara, the picturesque village Vík, the Skaftafell National Park, the glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón and diamond beach. 

Dinner and accommodation at the foot of our biggest challenge. 

Day 5

Hvannadalshnjúkur

We can expect a long day today, as we make the ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m/6922 ft). Iceland’s highest peak. This will be the most difficult day of the trip with 2000m ascension that can take from 12-15 hours.  The peak is in the north-western rim of the Öræfajökull volcano and promises an unforgettable hike with breathtaking panoramic views. No special technical skills are required.

Dinner and second night at the foot of the mountain.

*In case snow/weather conditions are not good on Hvannadalshnúkur we will have to change the itinerary to Hrútsfjallstindar or another similar summit.

Day 6

Return to Reykjavík

We make our way back westward along the scenic south coast of Iceland, passing beneath Eyjafjallajökull and visit the impressive Skógarfoss waterfall. We return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
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Practical Information

Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?
  • Yes, there are showers and bathrooms in the hut and the hostel.

 

Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts?
  • Yes, the hut and the hostel both have electricity to charge batteries.

 

Does the hut have running water?
  • Yes, there will be running water in the hut and the hostel.

 

Does the mountain hut have dormitory rooms/private rooms?
  • The hut has no private rooms available only single beds in dormitories. The hostel has single beds with 4-8 persons per room.

 

Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag can be rented from us for ISK 7000 for the tour. Both accommodations are heated so no need for a especially warm sleeping bag.

 

I all necessary climbing gear provided?
  • Yes, all climbing gear (crampons, ice axe, line and belt) is provided by Icelandic Mountain Guides.
I am a vegetarian/vegan/gluten intolerant, will there be a food option for me, what is it?
  • Special dietary supplement, such as vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, gluten free or other supplements, can be ordered at some extra cost. The supplement will include meals that meet the requirements of your diet.
The date I want to book is not available, can I still request to book?
  • It is not possible to book the expeditions online. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in booking or if you have any questions. You are also welcome to contact us for a private tour if you cannot join on an available date.