Hvannadalshnúkur – Iceland’s highest peak

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Hvannadalshnúkur - The Iceland’s highest

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Dear Guest, we understand that COVID – 19 makes it very difficult to invest in future travel plans and we at Glacier Adventure want to do our best to help ease that burden. To book a tour all you need to dosend e-mail to [email protected] let us know which tour you would like to attend, what date, time and number of guests. When you arrive at our meeting point in Hali you would pay for the tour. 

The summit is along the north western part of Öræfajökull, a higher mountain chain connected to Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. We start the day before with meeting your local guide for a briefing. Here we will go over the route, explaining the terrain, forecast and hand out crampons, ice axe and harness. Then u have the rest of the day to pack your bag or buy some snacks for along the way. For this tour u don’t need to have special technical skills but hiking experience is required.  This tour can also been guided ski touring, but personal ski equipment is then required or can be rented in Reykjavík.

Note there is a meeting with your guide the day before the climb, the meeting will be organized with you.

Send us an enquiry about this tour here.

Although the peak is low in elevation it can’t be underestimated. Starting from just above sea level a lot of ground needs to be covered in one day. But for every step you take amazing scenery is given in return. And on the summit is a breathtaking view where u can see over Vatnajokull a snow desert that stretches as far as the eye can see.

On the other side u see the outlet glaciers flowing from Öræfajökull and even further u see the rivers going from the glaciers weaving through landscape into the ocean.

We start the day before with meeting your local guide for a briefing.

Öræfajökull is one of the biggest stratovolcano in Europe and Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest peak of it.

The climb is demanding and a good stamina is required.  We will ask you to send out personal information about experience and personal fitness.

  • Summit view ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • Early morning first hour in ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • Summit in sight ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • Conquered the mountain ( photo Emma Svensson )

Availability: 1st of May to 1st of August
Minimum age: 16 years old
Meeting point: Sandfell (where we start the walk)
Area: South East Iceland
Type: Full day-tour
Duration: 12 – 16 hours
Distance: 25 km
Elevation gain: 2.000 m
Difficulty: Difficult
Group min: 2 people
Group max: 6 people
Departure: Early morning (between 04:00 and 05:00)

Needed equipment

Backpack – 30-40 litres.
Hiking Boots – Waterproof with good ankle support.We do rent them but as any hiker knows your own formed to your feet.
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 – Down or Primaloft (3rd layer).
Pants – light and fast drying – e.g. soft-shell.
Jacket – Waterproof and breathable.
Rain pants – Waterproof and breathable material.
Gloves – 2 pairs – different thickness.
Socks – Wool or synthetic.
Warm hat.
Sunglasses – rated for glacier travel.
Sun protection / face and lips. High SPF 30 or more.
Walking Pole(s).
Sun/rain Hat or a Baseball cap for sun protection.Food and Drink
Lunch – Sandwiches, biscuits, power-bars etc.
Water – 2 Litres of water and/or sport drink.

Certified local guide

Ice axe



Snow shoes

Hiking poles

How to book the tour: Send us an e-mail here

Price from 42.900 ISK per person



  • Note there is a meeting with your guide the day before the climb, the meeting will be organized with you.
    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 www.vedur.is and the road conditions at www.vegagerdin.is

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.

Photos from earlier tours

  • Snow desert ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • Passing by the south face ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • View on the way back  ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • Beginning of the endless snowfield ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • Heading for the summit of Hvannadalshnukur ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • South coast in the back ground ( photo Emma Svensson )
  • Map of Hvannadalshúnkur

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