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Glacier Tour Insight

The summit of Hvannadalshnúkur is along the northwestern part of Öræfajökull, a higher mountain chain connected to Vatnajökull, Iceland’s and Europe’s largest glacier.

Öræfajökull is one of the biggest stratovolcanoes in Europe and Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest peak of it, being 2110 meters high.

Join us for this full day adventure, making memories for a lifetime!

  • Season: 1st of April to 31st May
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Duration: 12 - 16 hours
  • Area: Öræfajökull glacier
  • Type: Alpine Trekking
  • Meeting point: Sandfell
  • Age limit: 16 year old
  • Group size: 6

Stairway to Heaven

Are you an experienced mountain climber who seeks to climb the highest peak in Iceland?

This tour is available upon request, please contact us through
[email protected]


This tour is available upon request, please contact us through [email protected]

The alpine trekking tour 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 you have the rest of the day to pack your bag or buy some snacks for along the way to the highest peak of Iceland.

For this tour you 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 the capital of Iceland.

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 of the highest peak you see the outlet glaciers flowing from Öræfajökull and even further you see the rivers going from the glaciers weaving through landscape into the ocean.

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

All glacier trips are taken at the responsibility of participants. Glacier Adventure does not take responsibility for accidents which are caused by their customers or can be traced to their own actions.


  • Certified local guide
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Snow shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • 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.
  • Camera.
  • Headlamp.
  • Walking Pole(s).
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Baseball cap for sun protection.
  • Lunch – Sandwiches, biscuits, power-bars etc.
  • Water – 2 Litres of water and/or sport drink.

Note there is a meeting with your guide the day before the climb to Hvannadalshnúkur, the meeting will be organised 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. Here you can find accommodation suggestion.

You can find useful information about the weather at www.vedur.is and the road conditions at www.road.is


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