Hvannadalshnjúkur: Hike the Highest Summit in Iceland

Activity provider: North ice

Hvannadalshnjúkur: Hike the Highest Summit in Iceland

Activity provider: North ice

From US$ 543.98 per person

Join an expedition on the beautiful vatnajökull glacier and ascend the highest summit in Iceland with a private, local tour guide. Take in the beauty of Skaftafell National Park on a 10 to 14-hour hike that is suitable for beginners.

About this activity

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Duration 13.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Icelandic
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Experience the beauty of Skaftafell National Park
  • Hike up to the highest summit in Iceland
  • Take in amazing views of Hrutfellsindar, Þumall, and Vatnajökull
Full description
Take an exciting expedition up to the highest summit in Iceland on the biggest glacier in Europe, called Hvannadalshnjúkur. Hike 10 to 14 hours up to the peak for a lightly challenging but rewarding experience surrounded by the glacial beauty of Iceland.   Meet up with your mountain guides the day before the hike for a pre-departure briefing. Your guides will go over with you what the day will be like, how the gear works, and talk to you about your experience. You can also set a flexible departure time based on everyone’s experience, with the goal of being at the summit by 1:00 PM.   Start your trip early in the morning the next day at Skaftafell information center. Start to head up the mountain, covering gravel, rocks and snow. At various locations, you’ll stop for snacks, lunch, and water. At the reef, you’ll put on harnesses and rope up for the hills ahead. On a clear day, the views can be beautiful, so be sure to bring your camera.   After lunch, you’ll reach the plateau to the summit itself, before which you’ll put on crampons and make the final push to the summit. From the top, get views of Hrútfellstindar, Þumall, and part of the Vatnajökull ice cap.   Once you’ve taken everything in, you’ll hike back down, which will not take as long as the ascent.
  • Professional mountain guide
  • All glacier gear
  • Hotel pickup
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Skaftafell Information Center

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Daypack

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Product ID: 351476