Overview

Challenge yourself on an epic Hvannadalshnúkur hike. Reach Iceland’s highest summit in the company of superb hiking guides!

Highlights

  • Hvannadalshnúkur — Iceland’s highest mountain
  • Hvannadalshnúkur guided hike
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Small group experience

Conquer new heights on this Hvannadalshnúkur tour. The ascent to the highest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur, is a must-do for every thrill-seeker. The hike is challenging both physically and mentally. But let’s be real: you’re not hiking Iceland’s highest summit because you’re after soft adventures. You’re doing this to push your limits. So let’s tame this mighty peak!

This day tour is operated only in small groups (max 6 people) to ensure a personal experience for every hiker.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability Apr-July
Duration 12-15 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Level Challenging
Minimum age 16 years
Ratio 1:6 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

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Per Adult(16+)
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What's included

Included

  • Experienced hiking guide
  • All the necessary safety equipment

What to bring

  • Thermal underwear (wool or synthetic)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece (2nd layer)
  • Warm jacket, wool or fleece (3rd layer)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • A hat, a scarf, and two pairs of gloves
  • Wool socks
  • Waterproof hiking shoes

Not Included

  • Meals

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Hvannadalshnúkur Summit Hike

Where: Vatnajökull National Park

Length: 22-km (14-mi), 12-15 hours

Elevation: 2,110 m (6,923 ft)

Meet us at our base in Skaftafell, located in Vatnajökull National Park in South Iceland. Upon arrival, your guide will give you a safety briefing and help you gear up. 

Once everyone’s ready, we’ll head towards Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, where our hike begins. This ice cap covers our target peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest point in Iceland at 2,110 m (6,923 ft).

The full-day ascent (22 km, 14 mi) is legendary for its glorious views of the great Vatnajökull Glacier. As we climb through snowfields up to Hvannadalshnúkur's summit, admire epic glacial landscapes. Get inspired. The hike follows rugged crevasses, odd ice formations, and deep craters. Once we make it to the top, enjoy the thrill of standing on Iceland’s roof! 

The 22-km (14-mi) long Hvannadalshnúkur hike requires fit legs and good preparation. But the reward is the adventure of a lifetime. From the mountain top, get the best panoramic views of Iceland, together with the majestic Vatnajökull and its many outlet glaciers. 

Now you can proudly say you’ve stood at the base of Iceland’s highest mountain!

At 2,110 m (6,923 ft), Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest peak in Iceland. The mountain protrudes from Öræfajökull ice-covered volcano, a branch of Vatnajökull Glacier. 

Located at the southernmost part of Vatnajökull, Öræfajökull is Europe’s largest active volcano after Sicily’s Mt. Etna. No need to worry, though. The volcano has been dormant for 250 years. 

Hvannadalshnúkur is actually one of the summits in the northwestern part of the ridge that surrounds the crater of Öræfajökull Volcano.

For many climbers, scaling the mighty Hvannadalshnúkur is a life-affirming activity.

  • The meeting point is our base at Skaftafell National Park in southeast Iceland. 
  • Please note that this hiking tour is a meet on location tour and we do not offer a pickup service. 

Hvannadalshnúkur climb doesn’t require any technical climbing skills, but you definitely need to be in good physical condition and be accompanied by an experienced guide. Don’t attempt to ascend the mountain unguided.  

The hike is challenging and long, so pack enough food supplies for the whole day.

We provide all the necessary safety equipment. 

FAQ

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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