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The Three Peaks Challenge - Special Offer

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Tour code: IMG441

The Three Peaks Challenge - Special Offer

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 as well as walks in the magnificent and impressive landscape of Landmannalaugar and around beautiful Skaftafell National Park. With each peak, our climbing objectives get more challenging and more rewarding. We start with an easy hike of Mt Hengill  (805 m / 2640 ft) overlooking our beloved Þingvellir National Park and the Þingvallavatn lake. Our next objective is the peak of the world famous volcano Hekla (1491 m / 4890 ft). On our way up the peak of this highly active volcano, we have to make our way over the gray pumice, rough lava and sometimes snow, before reaching the fissured summit. 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, you get an opportunity to bathe in a hot river, see some amazing views of outstanding landscape and birdlife make this tour an amazing adventure holiday you will never forget.

Tour Overview

  • Pickup

    Included

  • Group size

    6 - 12 participants

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Mountain hut

  • Walkin per day

    4 - 14 hrs

  • Max Ascent

    More than 2000 m (6500 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Difficulty

    Strenuous

  • Availability

    May - Aug

  • Duration

    6 days

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Mountain hut and hostel sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  • Transport in 4x4 minibus
  • Breakfast (5), Lunch (6), Dinner (5)
  • Safety equipment
  • Bird watching tour

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Three Peaks Challenge - Special Offer

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Mt. Hengill - Vörðuskeggi Peak

Early morning departure from Reykjavík, driving east to the north side of the Hengill Volcano massive. There we will hike up on Vörðuskeggi Peak (805 m). From the top we enjoy views of Lake Þingvellir and Langjökull to the north and Eyjafjallajökull and the distant Vestmann Islands. Today we also visit the Geysir geothermal area and the waterfall of Gullfoss before reaching our accommodation. Overnight at a hostel/mountain hut beneath Mt. Hekla.

Day 2

Mt. Hekla

Today, we attempt to summit the highly active volcano of Hekla (1491 m/4892 ft). The accent involves a long ascent across a lunar landscape to reach a summit which is fissured and steaming. Return to our hostel/mountain hut.

Day 3

Landmannalaugar - Skaftafell

Continuing across the Fjallabak natural reserve, the region behind the mountains, we reach Landmannalaugar where a dip in the hot river is recommended. Optional hike to Bláhnúkur volcano the blue peak, then a drive via the Eldgjá canyon to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Please note that this route is closed in May and June due to snow in the highlands. An alternative route of the south coast of Iceland will be used instead. 

Day 4

Hvannadalshnúkur Iceland’s highest peak

We can expect a long day today, as we make the ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m/6922 ft). Iceland’s highest peak. Much of the route is on the Öræfajökull Glacier.

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

Day 5

Ingólfshöfði - Glacier Lagoon

A touring day, visiting the Skaftafell National Park, the seabird colony at Ingólfshöfði and the famous glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón.

Day 6

South Coast - Reykjavík

Heading back towards the west along the scenic south coast of Iceland, we pass beneath Eyjafjallajökull and visit the impressive Skógarfoss waterfall. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

Please note

  • Mt Hekla is a highly active Volcano and it is possible that our itinerary will have to be changed if civil authorities advise so. In that case another comparable summit will be climbed.

  • Fjallabak route is closed in May and June due to snow in the highlands. An alternative route of the south coast of Iceland will be used instead. 

  • In case snow/weather conditions are not good on Hvannadalshnjúkur we will have to change the itinerary to Hrútsfjallstindar or other similar summit.

  • 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.