Hrútsfjallstindar Peaks – Alpine trekking


Hrútsfjallstindar Peaks - Alpine trekking

Private alpine trekking tour to Hrútsfjallstindar 1875 m, one of the most challenging and beautiful summits in Iceland.

Due to uncertainty of the increased earthquake and geothermal activity in the Öræfajökull volcano in November 2017, we are not taking bookings for this tour at the moment. Instead we offer the Mountaineering Adventure – Alpine trekking tour, which focuses on less climbed mountains east of Öræfajökull, outside the reach of the volcano.

Hrútsfjallstindar are one of Hvannadalshnúkur’s neighbours and has been a popular summit for icelandic mountain trekkers for the last years. Even though the summits are a little bit lower then its neighbours the route up there is the same difficulty. Hrútsfjallstindar is a class of four summits and in the tour we will aim to climb the highest one of the four.   The classic Hafrafell route to the summits is known for its magnificent view in good weather.

The climb it self starts at around 80 m in elevation so the elevation gain to the top is around 1.800 vertical metres and the total distance during the day is around 25 km.
The climb goes up the Hafrafell mountain were we trek up scree slopes, ridges and snow slopes until we reach the snow covered glacier at 1200m. There we rope up and follow the glacier all the way to the top. The same route is then taken back down.

Note there is a meeting with your guide at 18:00 the day before the climb.

Hrútsfjallstindar is a part of the Öræfajökull volcano, a sleeping stratovolcano that is one of the biggest stratovolcanos in Europe.

Öræfajökull is located in the southern part of the Vatnajökull ice cap and on a good day the view over the ice cap and its southern edge is magnificent.

Climbing Hrútsfjallstindar has for years been a challenge for mountain hikers in Iceland, due to it´s steap slopes and amazing view.

Despite its low elevation getting to the top of the mountain can be tricky due to the ever changing Icelandic weather and  the fact that most of the route is covered by a glacier.

What kind of fitness is needed for the climb?

First of all being able to hike up 1.800 m in height and back down, add to that the total length of the tour 25 km. This is not recommended as a first mountain hike.

The day before the climb there is a meeting at 18:00 with your guide. On the meeting the guides goes over the weather forecast for the day, the route and give you the equipment needed for the trip

Best way to enjoy the climb is to train. Train your cardio, and do mountain hikes in preparation for the climb. Doing mountain hikes is a key thing to train your muscles for the big day.

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Availability: 1st of July to 10th of September
Minimum age: 16 years old
Meeting point: Hali Country Hotel reception
Area: South East Iceland
Type: Full day-tour
Duration: 12 – 16 hours
Distance: 25 km
Elevation gain: 1800 m
Group min: 2 people
Group max: 4 people
Departure: Early morning (Around 05:00)

Neded equipment

  • Waterproof mountainerring boots with good ankle support and possible to use with crampons.
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks.
  • Hiking pole
  • Base layer pants (wool or synthetic)
  • Light, breathable hiking pants, wind resistant and fast drying recommended
  • Base layer long sleeve shirt (wool or synthetic)
  • Thin fleece or wool sweater
  • Thick warm fleece, or lightweight puffy jacket down or synthetic, to use in
    breaks and on cold days.
  • Wind and waterproof jacket (Gore-tex or equivalent)
  • Wind and waterproof trousers (Gore-tex or equivalent)
  • Warm hat/beanie that might work under a helmet. Note beanie’s with pompom are not recommended since the pompom does not go under the helmet.
  • Balaclava, neck gaiter or woolen buff
  • 1 pair of warm wind and waterproof gloves or mittens
  • 1 pair of thinner gloves,
  • Backpack 30-45 L
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen
  • 1,5-3L af of liquid and energy rich lunch pack for 12-16 hour day
  • Ski googles (on cold days)

Optional gear

  • Phone
  • Waterproof case or bag for the phone
  • Lightweigth waterproof camera
  • Extra hiking pole
  • GPS device
  • Local certified AIMG Alpine Trekking Guide  
  • Transport from Hali
  • Technical glacier travel gear and ropes, such as:
    • Crampons
    • Helmet
    • Harness
    • Ice axe
    • Snow shoes (if needed)

63.200 ISK for 2 climbers
50.400 ISK for 3 climbers
42.800 ISK for 4 climbers


  • There is a meeting with your guide at 18:00 at Hail Country hotel reception
  • This is a physically demanding tour so please show up prepared.
  • We recommend you to stay somewhere in the area from Skaftafell to Hali the night before the tour and the night after the tour. You can find accommodation suggestion under useful information on our front page
  • You can find useful information about the weather at and the road conditions at

Disclaimer: All glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of participants. Glacier Adventure does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.

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